I learned this thought model from Brooke Castillo. This is not a new concept, but she explained it in a way that resonated with me. It’s one of those concepts that when you think about it, it just makes sense. For me, it has been a complete game changer. We will revisit this again and again, but here’s the overview:
So how does this look in real life? Circumstances are the facts and are neutral. They’re unchangeable and are completely out of our control. Our thoughts follow so quickly behind that we often mistake those for the circumstance. Our thoughts then cause feelings which lead us to act a certain way. Then we end up with a result that confirms our thought.
So what? Why does this matter? It’s SO huge! We have COMPLETE control over our thoughts which means we can affect how we feel & act, thus creating the results we want in our life.
Yes, bad things happen in life, and I’m not saying that you need to put on rose-colored glasses and act like everything is wonderful. Sometimes we need to be in the hard place for a bit, just don’t hang up curtains and make that place permanent. Be aware of the power of your thoughts and be curious about what those thoughts are creating in your life.