top 10 wasteful thoughts

top 10 wasteful thoughts

Top 10 ‘drag you down, get in the way of making good things happen’ thoughts to eliminate from your day...

  1. Defeatist (better to be positively expectant than anticipate defeat)
  2. Cynical (challenge things (kindly) when necessary but avoid unjustified distrust of human nature and motives)
  3. Resentful (drop the ego as quickly as you can and give the energy to something more profitable … maybe it’s time for a 48-hour ego cleanse).
  4. Vindictive (life is limited … either work to rebuild a trusting relationship or peacefully detach from the people who hurt you)
  5. Regretful (it’s done ... what can I learn and what am I going to do now?)
  6. Wishful (do what you can to influence the situation/project/deal and keep moving forward)
  7. Self-pity (get over yourself ... dump the drama ... here's how)
  8. Worry (it won't help, costs time, and it may never happen)
  9. Otherly (avoid being overly concerned with what others are doing, saying, and thinking unless that concern can improve things for everyone … otherly isn’t a real word … yet)
  10. Jealous (want it? earn it)

“A person should take away not only unnecessary acts, but also unnecessary thoughts, for thus superfluous acts will not follow after … Don’t be disturbed.
Uncomplicate yourself.”

Marcus Aurelius | 121-180 | Roman emperor

Look below for how I handle my wasteful thinking...

Better attitudes. Better results. Smile & Move.

Eliminating wasteful thoughts might be impossible but minimizing them (and their impact) is completely doable.

My approach...

  • Recognize them when they come up.
  • Remind myself they’re a costly distraction.
  • Redirect my thinking (and/or doing) to something positive.

Embrace simplicity. Practice and perfect.

Wasteful thoughts provided by your team. They’re not our thoughts, you understand. We have friends with these thoughts ;-)

The Aurelius thoughts are from his notes to himself … later published as the book, ‘Meditations’. The first sentence is from an older translation. The second and third sentences are from Gregory Hays’s translation in 2002.

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