"How many thoughts does the average person have per day?
(Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA)
One of the foundational principles of individual and organizational change is the concept of changing our thought patterns to increase the probability of better outcomes. If a person thinks to themselves, “I am a loser, no one would ever listen to my ideas at work because they suck,” they will be more likely to experience a death of optimal outcomes at work. If you think your ideas are awful before you even say them to other people, it is doubtful that you will present them with the confidence and persuasive skills necessary to convince other people to follow your leadership.
Yet, if we are thinking around 70,000 thoughts per day, even excluding the more judgment neutral ones (e.g., “I have to go the bathroom,” “My stomach hurts,” etc.), there is a lot of room for creating our own powerful narratives of how we perceive ourselves and our world around us. If we are going to change our thought patterns (e.g., “I have great ideas! They are original and worthwhile and the team would be fortunate to have my input!”), how will that be possible? If we [...]