Lately I have been so intentional with listening. Not so much to others or to things around me, but to my thoughts. I realize that the thoughts in my head are those that are closest to me. It’s my thoughts that ultimately decide what I do with my life. We are taking in information constantly, always listening and hearing, but the question becomes how are your thoughts translating those inputs of information.
I once heard someone say that new authors always ride around with boxes of books in their car, but aren’t selling those books. I heard it. Once I heard it, I could have chosen to dismiss it or hold on to it. I held on to that information and promised myself that would never be me.
Guess what? It hasn’t been me. I always sell out of my books. But I also found myself running into situations where someone wanted to purchase a book and I didn’t have a single book on me. Why? Because I chose to hold on to a comment that I heard from someone else. I made the decision to turn that comment into something negative that I didn’t want to identify with. Looking back, I should have quickly dismissed that comment. I’m a new author! I should always have books readily available to either sell or give away!
All of these thoughts around that one comment were in my head. I wish I had spoken to someone earlier that didn’t carry the same doubt and fears of being a new author. This person made the comment before my book was published, but that comment stayed with me. I didn’t realize how much that one comment had affected me until my husband asked me one day why I didn’t have more books on hand.
I literally said, I’m not riding around in my car with a whole bunch of boxes of books! His response was why not? It was in that moment that I realized how that one comment had affected me. I told him the comment and then all of the extra thoughts in my head that I used to validate such a ridiculous statement.
Sometimes, NO, ALL OF THE TIME, we have to be conscious of the thoughts that we entertain in our head. Especially if those thoughts are serving us no purpose. Or if those thoughts are keeping us from stepping out and trying something new or taking a risk.
What are your thoughts saying to you? Are your thoughts constantly giving LIFE to comments that should have been DEAD the minute you heard them?
Talk to me…