Updated: Jun 14, 2022
Title seems somewhat odd doesn't it? Read on!
This is a seldom pondered-upon idea that can have deep repercussions. If you are interested in protecting your future self from additional hardship or have any interest in building good habits in order to live a longer, happier life, then by all means continue reading.
Some professionals call it Habit of Thought and it is one of the most important items to work on today that will protect you against future difficult times in your life.
Let's be honest for a second here, I know that we are all here to improve our outlook on life and hopefully ensure better tomorrows for ourselves. The fact of the matter is that it is more likely than not that we will all have some type of difficult moment in our respective futures. It's the human condition! It's probably one of the most natural things in life; the inevitable ups and downs!
That is not to say that everything is simply doom and gloom.
This is exactly where our habits of thought come into play. If you tend to be a person that is on the more pessimistic side, working on your thought habits can help in having a more balanced view of the world and the future.
This is not meant to single-out the pessimists among us, the optimists among us can also benefit from a more balanced view in order to stave off habits that can lead to complete denial or other consequences of being "overly optimistic".
Even though Dr. Martin Seligman states in his book Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life based on his studies that the optimal way of thinking, and I'm paraphrasing here, is being slightly skewed towards optimism.
I believe everyone can benefit from reviewing their habits of thought from time to time in order to make sure we are still properly balanced. Just like any other habit!
Reviewing your habits of thought and changing them from time to time based on your current reality is a healthy way to protect from getting into trouble as things and circumstances change.
All of life is about adjustment. Adjusting our habits based on our reality, our age, and our overall situation is a necessity.
Over our lifetime, we ought to adjust our eating habits, our exercise habits, sleeping habits, the list can go on and on.
Some of us are forced to change our habits within relationships. Some of us may be too harsh and had some relational consequences come from it and some of us too permissive and had people run over us like freight trains.
Each of these situations will allow us to adjust our approach in order to protect from future harm.
The same goes for our habits of thinking. I have met many people who continue think in the same ways that they used to think many years ago when their lives were completely different. And believe you me, it is not without consequence!
Changing habits of thought basically go by all of the same rules of healthy habit-building or changing. It takes a conscious effort to make change, a plan, repetition over time until the habit becomes...well, a HABIT.
I wanted to write this post as an introduction to the concept and don't want to make this too long because it could become somewhat tedious to read. So I will stop here.
Thank you for reading and I hope this article piqued your interest in at least checking in with your current habits of thought.