Did you know that you have 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day and that approximately 85 percent of those thoughts are negative AND 90 percent of those thoughts are the same thoughts you had the day before?

The same thoughts equal the same choices, the same choices equal the same behavior, the same behavior equals the same experiences, the same experiences equal the same emotions, and the same emotions equal the same thoughts.

Many people spend a great deal of time complaining about their lot in life: their horrible marriage; their disrespectful children; their bleak financial situation; their dead end, life draining job. They go on ad nauseam talking about all the reasons why they are miserable.

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If you’re one of those people who is thinking the same thoughts day in and day out, complaining, feeding the loop, how will tomorrow be different from today?

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Sound familiar?

If it does, odds are that you suffer with a health issue, are depressed or anxious, stressed out, and not living a fulfilled life. You may be constantly looking for something external – a new car, bigger house, money, recognition, fancy clothes, a job promotion – to make you happy. All the time not realizing that happiness and contentment is an inside job. If you need proof of this, just look at the people that experience horrific tragedy or live in poverty, yet they express gratitude and are blissfully happy.

So … where does lasting change begin?

In your head!

What goes on in your head has the power to impact every aspect of your life.

Simply put, every time you have a thought, the brain creates chemicals that are circulated throughout your body. If you have happy, positive thoughts, the brain produces good chemicals that make you feel good and enhance the body. When you have negative thoughts, the brain produces chemicals that make you feel bad and are detrimental to the body. When you feel good or bad, you make thoughts that equal how you feel, which in turn produces those types of chemicals, and so on.

Over time, your way of thinking creates a state in which the mind and body work together. Depending on your thought pattern, this can result in a positive way of life, or dis-ease.

We have all experienced things in life that make us want to throw up our arms and shout “uncle!” It’s easy to give up, check out, and wallow in misery. But, speaking from experience, that’s no way to live. What you do with your life is a choice and you have the power to turn the bleakest situation around. As Henry Ford eloquently stated, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

So, the next time someone tells you that, “It’s all in your head.” Look that person square in the eye, smile, and say, “Yea… isn’t it great?!”