Seniors & Aging: Are You a Thought Hoarder?

As a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA), I receive periodic documents and articles from the organization that manages CPCA.  Rhonda Latreille is the founder and CEO and she is based in Vancouver.

Rhonda wrote the following article which I thought would be quite interesting for our readers.  Hope you enjoy.

It has been suggested that we experience between 50,000 – 60,000 thoughts a day — and that 95% of these thoughts are the very same recurring thoughts we have entertained before.  Now that’s a lot of re-runs!

I am not sure where these statistics come from, but they do sound plausible, and perhaps even familiar. If even a portion of the 95% of repeating thoughts is an accurate representation, it gives us some insight into why the proverbial New Year’s Resolutions often don’t make it into February.  The most well intentioned fresh resolutions are destined for failure!

Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.  I suspect this is probably just as true with our thoughts.  Same thoughts — same results!

That being the case, it would behoove us to take some time to not only identify the new behaviour we want to instill, but to also list the thoughts that would support that new behaviour.  While we are at it — just to keep a lid on that pesky 95%, we might even want to list all of the repeating thoughts that get in the way.

So, I think I’ll take a leaf out of the de-cluttering books.  If it works for cluttered closets and carports, it just might work for the filing cabinet in my mind.

This year, I am going to identify one new behaviour — just one!  I’ll spend some quiet time listing the thoughts that support that behaviour, as well as the comfortable and familiar old thoughts that sabotage the new behaviour. The supporting thoughts go into the ‘keep bin’ in my mind and will be fed with some ‘Way To Go!’ thumbs-up reinforcements.  The thoughts that sabotage the new behaviours and tell me all the ways that the habitual status quo should be maintained — well, these thoughts will be appreciated like an old shirt that no longer fits, and lovingly cast aside in the ‘time to toss out’ bin.

Rhonda Latreille, MBA, CPCA, Founder & CEO, Age-Friendly Business

Matt Del Vecchio is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA).  He is the founder and president of Lianas - a company specializing in retirement residence search and senior transition support.

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