At the risk of offending some of the ethereal people out there, the idea of quantum connectivity is still out with the jury. Not that I am one of those skeptics who are stuck on the idea that if science hasn’t proved it, it doesn’t exist. I’m fascinated with that Particle Collider/Accelerator that they have built near Geneva and am reading some of the findings.
Spooky! – (and probably a lot more spooky if I understood what they were talking about!).
But that is not the topic of this article.
One of my coaches has been talking to me about the power of the mind. He coaches teenagers on the topic.
Part of the course material proposes that thoughts are forces.
Now, short of mysterious waves emanating from my head, I struggle with this stuff – it doesn’t really fit in with my practical left-brain thinking especially in the business context.
But it certainly got me thinking.
In the process, I noticed that thoughts could certainly be very restrictive. When I looked a little closer I realized that my negative thoughts are powerful. In fact it was as if they did have a force of their own, almost physically pulling me down.
This construct was very profound.
I asked myself what would happen if I shifted these thoughts and re-framed them is a positive way.
For example I might think:
“I really don’t like doing this and I will never get it done. What am I going to do. This is a disaster!”.
Can you feel the ‘drag’?
So here is the same thing but with a lot more air:
“I don’t feel like doing this now – I will tackle it tomorrow morning after a good nights sleep. I know I can do it well”.
Can you feel the lightness?
Yes, I know that the latter scenario looks like procrastination (and it probably is).
But so what? The energy and force behind the thinking is completely different. The shutting down and opening up are opposing forces with exponentially different outcomes.
So are thoughts forces?
About the author:
Clive Kaplan is a prolific writer on LinkedIn PULSE. He has written over 40 articles on various topics from financial management and operations to job search and confidence building. Being a CA(SA) with over 20 years’ experience as an executive director in both listed and unlisted companies Clive brings some interesting perspectives to the field of management. Having been involved at Director/Board level, he offers a wealth of wisdom on both the people and business front.
Clive is the CEO of GREEN MIND CAPITAL (Pty) Ltd. The company focuses on assisting executives, especially emerging young CA’s, maximize their potential and fast-track their careers.
Clive has been involved with coaching and self-development since 1994. He has a particular interest in Cognitive Awareness Technology (CAT) and has completed a number of advanced courses on the topic.
Clive’s mix of years of practical executive experience coupled with his own personal self-development journey brings together a unique method of Transformation Coaching.
Clive is also a ORT Jet mentor and works closely with the More To Life program, both on a voluntary basis.