The number isn’t written in stone, but The Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California says,“This is still an open question (how many thoughts does the average human brain process in 1 day). But SOCAL faculty have done some very preliminary studies using undergraduate student volunteers and have estimated that one may expect around 60-70K thoughts per day. These results are not peer-reviewed/published. There is no generally accepted definition of what ‘thought’ is or how it is created. In our study, we had assumed that a ‘thought’ is a sporadic single-idea cognitive concept resulting from the act of thinking, or produced by spontaneous systems-level cognitive brain activations.”
So the messaging you receive on a daily basis from television, radio, bill boards, texts, emails, traffic signals, really anything you see, people you pass in the grocery store or walking in the park, trees, cars on road, license plates, planes, animals, people, songs you hear, things you smell, etc.
And how many times do you take in the same message? Drive the same path to work or school? Listen to the same radio or television program (and its advertising)?
If you think about it, the sheer volume is overwhelming—which is why we don’t actually think consciously about them all day.
But unfortunately, they are still there and nearly ninety-five percent of our thoughts are the same as the ones we thought the day before, and the day before that, and the day before that.
Fear, stress, worry, failures, successes and literally everything else you have accumulated over the years replay themselves tens of thousands of times a day. Every single day. 60,000-70,000 times.
And we wonder why it’s so difficult to change!
At the end of the day, what you think about is what you bring about. So how about adding some clear and specifically positive thoughts to your inner monologue?
Focus on thinking that the things you want to accomplish are possible and achievable.
You are where you are today because of what you’ve done in the past, but your past is not necessarily your future. Your future depends on the choices you make starting right NOW.
By planting seeds of positive, clear thoughts in your mind every single day, preferably first thing in the morning, you will be harnessing the power of repetition that may be holding you back right now.
The thoughts can be as simple as saying to yourself that you deserve to be successful at whatever you’re trying to accomplish. Maybe you’re working on a big goal professionally or personally. Over time, shining light on these seeds repeatedly will grow them into actions.
Try it for 30 days. Write out 2 or 3 positive statements that you would like to absorb and act on. Tape them to your bathroom mirror, or put them near your morning coffee cup.
Before you do anything else in the day, read your statements aloud. Spend 5 minutes reading and thinking about your statements. If you have more time, spend another 5 minutes fully visualizing your success.
Do it every single day. NOW.