The Power of Thought

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

“When we can focus on the positive we feel better and more optimistic about life.” — Misti Burmeister

A few months ago, my friend Joel went to the doctor for a physical. On his way to the appointment, he got a phone call with some stressful news.

Thirty minutes later, a nurse took his blood pressure, and it was 195/120. The doctor was concerned about how high it was and said Joel would need medication.

“No, no,” Joel said. “Just give me a few minutes. I just got some stressful news.”

About 15 minutes later, when the nurse ran the test again, his blood pressure had come down but not enough.  “We’re going to have to do something about this,” the doctor said.

“No, it’s just stress-related,” Joel again insisted. “I need 15 more minutes.”

The doctor agreed to give him one last chance.

This time, Joel sat there purposefully focusing his attention on thoughts of his children. He imagined playing with them, relaxing and enjoying time with his family.

Fifteen minutes later, his blood pressure was 135/85 – well within the normal range – and they sent him home without medication.

This is the power of our thoughts, which we clearly have the ability to create, shift or ignore.

Imagine the difference we could all make for ourselves – for our happiness as well as overall health – if we put a great deal more time into contemplating the gifts in our lives.

We all experience setbacks and irritations, but we get to choose what we focus on. And when we can focus on the positive, rather than the negative, we feel better and more optimistic about life.

The same is true for what we see in others. As leaders, if we focus on what a terrible job someone is doing, we’ll find plenty of examples to confirm our opinions. But if we focus on seeing their gifts, we’ll discover those as well … and can then help them to become the rock-star performers they’re capable of being.

Keeping it simple,

Misti Burmeister, best-selling author of From Boomers to Bloggers: Success Strategies Across GenerationsHidden Heroes and Power Suck.

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