Day Old Lessons

Negative Thoughts Are More Dangerous Than We Realize

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never have a negative thought.” So read the Instagram post I saw yesterday, which reminded me of a post I wrote in 2014 on the science behind the power of belief.

Negative thoughts have powerful negative effects. It’s that simple. Yeah, you’re probably thinking, but everyone has them.

Which is precisely why our world is so messed up. The path to a better life and world is to give negative thoughts less time in your brain.

Your Oversights Can Have Horrific Consequences

It was late in the afternoon and I was hiking through the woods in Utah’s Unita Mountains. I smelled smoke, then spotted the remains of a campfire, still smoking. As you probably know, wildfires are a growing problem in the West and it only takes a small spark to start a horrific blaze. I spent the next ten minutes making certain someone else’s campfire was truly out.

It might not have spread. It might not have been a big deal. Or it might have been someone else’s small oversight that caused a disaster.

Don’t make other people clean up your messes. Pay attention.

Zoom Out to Get Perspective

At 7 a.m., I boarded a Delta flight out of JFK, headed for Salt Lake City. A few hours later, we were over desolate portions of Colorado and Utah. From 34,000 feet up, you could see how vast expanses of dirt have drifted over fields and even roads.

From the ground, it’s much harder to see these patterns. Just like in daily life, it can be hard to recognize the larger patterns that are occurring. To see them, you need to zoom out and gain perspective.