Monkey-Mind Management 101


  • Author Susan S. Freeman
  • Published September 22, 2021
  • Word count 277

Does your mind race all day long like a scampering monkey? Welcome to Monkey Mind!

Are you aware that your brain is spontaneously generating approximately 2000 thoughts per hour or 24,000 thoughts per day? Just thinking about all those thoughts is exhausting!

The truth is that most thoughts are chewing up valuable energy by focusing on either the past or the future. We are everywhere but in the present moment. It is estimated that 90% of all thought is generated at the subconscious level, leaving only 10% for conscious, rational engagement!

If we allow ourselves to be chased by all those thoughts, “monkey-mind” will run us ragged-- up and down and in and out of everywhere. Everywhere but what really matters, which is the present moment. And, you are leaving 90% of thought to unconscious, repetitive habits.

Instead of focusing on how busy, over-committed and overwhelmed we may feel, what about focusing on the following:

What do you care about?

How does what you do relate to what you care about?

What matters about that for you?

Commit to three big things maximum that you will accomplish per day. Then focus on progressing through a high-impact action on each of them; one that will move forward and is in alignment with cares.

Before getting going on the above, commit to the most essential practice of all---centering yourself. From a centered place you can quiet the monkey mind, envision the actions that will move you forward, ask for support in an effective way, and much more.

2000 thoughts

In fact, everything you look for you already have inside of you.

Along with the 2000 thoughts an hour.

The choice of what to do is yours.

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Susan Freeman is an Executive Success Strategist, Leadership Coach, Speaker, Founder and Author of "Step Up Now: 21 Powerful Principles for People Who Influence Others". She writes on the topic of leadership and influence using her unique innovative system that blends Western strategy and Eastern wisdom to activate the Guru Leader Within.

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