If you think about it, I think that’s the most important thing to do. We need to think ahead and think our thoughts.
We need to think ahead and think our thoughts. I see a lot of people who don’t have this problem. They make the mistake of always thinking their thoughts, but they forget that it’s not what is said in their head, it’s what happens, and that is what defines their day. For the rest of us, we need to think our thoughts before we even say them.
If you mean to say, “For the rest of us, we must think ahead and think our thoughts,” then you mean to say, “The more we think about our thoughts, the more we will say to ourselves, “This is the way to know what to think about, but you don’t know what to say.” If you were to put up with that and go into the next section again, I think that it would be very difficult to get the job done.
You could have just read that sentence again.
The problem is we often don’t think our thoughts, but then we just start talking. We say things without thinking about what we’re saying, like when we say, “I want more.” But what we want is not to think, or to say, “I want more,” but to go out there and say it. If you think about your thoughts, you actually might not be able to say what you want to say.
I’ve been thinking of saying that a lot lately. I’ve been thinking of being able to say that I want to do something, but to have to do it over and over again. Then I would like that to become a habit. I don’t want to think about things all the time, but I want to be able to say I want to do something. But to act like a person who is thinking all the time, and not doing it, is hard.
There are three general approaches to self-awareness that you can take: Obsessive-Compulsive (OC), Analytic-Transactional (AT) and Analytic-Mindfulness (AM). OC is more like a compulsion to always be aware of your thoughts. AT is where you first try to identify the thoughts that you are already aware of. And to me, AM is where you learn to let yourself be in the moment.
I think AT is the most helpful approach for OC, because it’s easier to take things in and out of your awareness, but it’s also a little harder to get into the moment. OC has to take things in and out of your awareness for it to work. So at the beginning of AT, you are working on identifying what your thoughts are about. You can’t get into the moment unless you are careful to do this.
At the end of AT, you are more aware of your own thoughts and the thoughts of others, and you can take them in and out of your awareness. So you can be in the moment with any thoughts at all.
Now you can take things in and out of your awareness for it to work. But as I said, you can take them in and out of your awareness for every single thing you do. I think it’s much easier if you are prepared to take them in and out of your awareness to help them out.