To say JUST a thought is probably the biggest undersell going. Your thoughts are the most powerful influence you will ever encounter and most of your random thoughts tend to be negative and repetitive.
A thought is the only thing separating you from who you want to be!
And that's ambiguous because you can change the limitations that are holding you back or you can change the thoughts about who you want to be or in fact who are currently are.
Your thoughts come in layers. At the deepest level it is estimated that up to 80% are negative. These are mainly thoughts that you are not really that aware of, the mental chatter that is constant and of a subtle drip, drip nature so that you do not consciously listen. Even at this level where the thoughts do not necessarily intrude into your consciousness you can begin to understand how very powerful your thoughts are.
One level up or therabouts and your thoughts are a little more accessible but still pretty subtle and random. These are the thoughts you use to' big you' up. Even if you are lacking in self confidence these thoughts bring you some superiority. My hair is better than hers (even though shes more confident than me), my kids would never do that (even though that family seems more together than mine), I'm more likeable than them(even though they're more popular) etc etc This type of thought is your defence talk like the corner man in the boxing ring, championing you on as you get pushed back out there to face your world.
You're not terribly aware of these thoughts either but when you do catch yourself thinking that way it reinforces any negative feelings you have about yourself and you feel a subtle shame or guilt - but also safe in the knowledge that only you know.
Other thoughts you are more aware of:- Making plans for the day, I must do's included. Frustrating thoughts about being unresourceful and unmotivated. Pleasant thoughts about a planned day/meeting/event. Thoughts about what you could wear and the impression you want to make. These kind of thoughts are much more in your consciousness and you have more conscious control over them.
For those who are working on themselves there may also be another layer. This is the positive thinking, self-affirmation, self talk in the mirror thinking. It's the force feeding of thoughts, stuffing in what you think is good for you. You need to be sure you are giving yourself the correct message and you have to do it regularly.
Guess which of your thoughts are the most powerful? And remember we are talking about the most powerful things you will ever encounter.
You might think it would be the positive thinking affirmations that would be the most powerful ....it would be very convenient and empowering if it were that way. How fantastic would that be - to be in control of your own thoughts.
But no, think again. It is the drip drip 80% negative thought that are the most powerful and influencial. So to compete with them you would need to invest 80% of your waken time consciously thinking positive thoughts.
Positive thinking can't do anything other than help providing you are thinking the right thoughts. Your unconscious thought have a way of masking what you could be thinking and setting you up with a less ideal alternative. So t's a good idea to spend a little time relaxing and being aware of your thoughts and your reactions to them.
If a thought makes you fell a bit wobbly then sit with it for a while and examine what the wobbly feeling is about. There may be something else you need to address first. Allow your deeper thought room at the surface and see what messages you are getting. Don't be afraid of your thoughts.
Determine also to stretch your comfort zone every day by doing something a liitle challenging physically at first if you need to take it slowly then psychologically like smiling at a stranger or saying boo to a goose.. It helps to also influence and expand the comfort zone in your thoughts.
Next time you think it's JUST a thought, think again.