EQ vs IQ

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Neuroscientists now believe that every thought sends electrical and chemical signals throughout your brain, ultimately affecting each cell in your body. Consider then the effects of the thoughts that travel through your mind. The average person thinks approximately 50,000 thoughts per day. But according to some research, as many as 98 percent of them are exactly the same as the thoughts we had the day before. Even more significant, 80 percent of our thoughts are negative. What kind of signals does that negativity send through your body?

Just a little bit of change in our thinking patterns will go a long way.
To illustrate…

Hold up your thumb and forefinger about 2-1/2 inches apart. It takes Olympian runners just 1/100th of a second to run that distance in the 100-meter race. That brief distance and brief time is the difference between winning and losing. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, the gold medal was won by an American female runner who crossed the finish line only 2-1/2 inches in front of her closest opponent.

Research says that a positive attitude is the little bit of difference that makes all the difference in both personal and professional success. In fact, research shows that a good positive attitude is more important than any other element when it comes to ensuring success. EQ (Emotional Quotient) trumps IQ (Intelligence Quotient) when it comes to success.

Most of us put our thought process on cruise control. We react to every situation we face based on our past experiences or our knowledge. Very few people are intentional with their thoughts. For example, most people automatically associate moving to a new community or starting a new job with events that will be stressful. We become anxious about the change and sometimes people become sick or anxious just thinking about the prospects of a move. However, we can begin to take our minds off of “cruise control,” and become intentional about our thinking.

Recently I watched a video featuring Christian inspirational writer and speaker Graham Cooke. He shares the power of controlling our thoughts in this six-minute video clip.

Think about changing your thinking! A little bit will go a long way!

“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light." Matthew 6:22

Let your thoughts provide the light for your whole being!


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