7 Ways to Think More Effectively

You are what you think; therefore, whatever you think about yourself and the things around you it actually makes you and the things a reflection of your thoughts. Hence, the purpose of all the branches of philosophy is to help you think in a better way and view things from different perspectives.

We cannot possibly identify a single undertaking of our lives that does not require thinking or in doing which our cognitive functions do not come into play. Therefore, it is of grave importance that no matter whichever walk of life you belong to, you must work on making your thinking process better so that the actions you take upon your thoughts are effective and healthy. Let me share with you a few ways in which you can improve your thinking and make it more effective.

7 Ways to Think More Effectively

Keep The Negatives At Bay:

Although it may seem hard in the beginning but it is of grave importance that you keep the negative thoughts at bay. For this, you will have to train your mind and in addition to feeding it positive things about yourself and about other people, you will also have to keep the negative thoughts from finding a place in your mind. Therefore, it is imperative that you identify and remove all kinds of negative thoughts and sentences from your mind and whenever such a thought comes to your mind, replace it with a counter and positive thought. This way whenever you will think, you will see the bright side of the picture.

Use Power Full Adjectives:

When it comes to effective thinking the language which you use in you use during the process has a great impact on your thinking. You may think positive, but that positive thinking in simple language won’t be that effective in shaping your attitude compared to if you think positive in a powerful language using strong adjectives. Therefore, instead of thinking ‘I can do it’, think ‘No one can do it better than me’.

Focus on the Lesson:

I totally agree with you that there are bad or unwanted times when it becomes almost impossible to think straight. I won’t tell you to think totally opposite at that time, however, what I would recommend you is that instead of lamenting on your loss or odds not being in your favor, you must open your mind to the lesson that the unfavorable situation has brought, and believe you me that, there is always a lesson, all you need to do is to think over it.

Think Lesser:

This may seem odd to you but thinking lesser compared to excessive thinking is an effective habit. When you think too much you make things confusing, and when things are confusing there is very little to act upon, hence excessive thinking brings stagnation. Therefore, in order to think effectively which leads to action, you need to think less.

Pause Before You Think:

There come times in life when your loved ones offend you or people who you weren’t expecting disappoint or hurt you, at such moments, instead of thinking rashly, you need to pause for a little and then think over the things from the perspective that all this behavior of theirs which you think hurting and offensive might not be so, as they all love you and their heart is free from such actions. This will keep your relations strong and healthy.

Think Of Present:

Another thing that can make your thinking more effective and productive is when you think of the present and do not indulge in vain thinking of the far future. Live in the moment and think about things that are present and not worry about things that are going to happen after decades.

Brain Nutrition:

Perhaps the most neglected factor pertaining to effective thinking is providing proper nutrition to the brain. All the thinking takes place in the brain and like all other parts of the body-brain also requires nutrition to work properly and better, therefore,  in order to keep your brain thinking at a better level, ensure that you take healthy nutrition that induces brain health and keeps the brain cells alive. My recommendation in this regard would be to use Brain Fuel Plus by Brain Abundance, which I have found to be one of the best brain boosters.

Now it’s Your Turn!

What kind of think habits do you have? How do you keep your brain at the right track to think effectively? Have you ever come across a situation where you found it hard to think effectively? Do share your insightful experiences in the comments section below

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20 responses to “7 Ways to Think More Effectively”

  1. Benson Wong says:

    I’ll have to add meditation to the list! The practice of it has helped me tremendously in focusing, as my mind wonders a lot less these days.

  2. My dad always said you can do anything you like until you get caught. As a child that meant I could do the naughty stuff, and I did. Lately I have been thinking that the until you get caught part actually is a script that could have been affecting my thinking and helping me to self sabotage.

  3. Priya says:

    Great post as always. I have to agree with Benson Wong. Meditation, breathing exercises, yoga help you stay relaxed and focused. I practice it daily and has helped me a lot.

  4. I totally agree with thoughts influencing everything around you. My two novels in the Moonstone series center around this premise. I even pause when an ambulance or police car roars by outside the window with their siren on full alert to send a positive, helpful message. Thoughts ARE things.

  5. Sophie Bowns says:

    I actually think that I need to stop over thinking things!

  6. Lisa says:

    Hi Nate, I’ve found lack of sleep can play a role in not thinking so effectively too. It can really make a difference as well as nutrition that you mentioned. I love your point about thinking less, many people overthink and never DO. So go do and stop overthinking 🙂

  7. Think to pause is what I say. So a man thinks so he is. If you think you ate a failure than most likely everything you do will fail. Stuck in your mind. Positive adjectives. This may be a challenge but I up for the race, lets get going. Thanks Nate great post.

  8. Keep the negatives away. That is great advice. I really need to start doing this. I am getting over my husband leaving me for my best friend and I have been down lately. I have been letting the negatives take over and I am not going to do it anymore! Thanks for your great post!

  9. Michelle says:

    I love your idea to “tink lesser”! I guess that’s why meditating helps me 🙂

  10. Hey Nate,

    Great tips on thinking more effectively! I do have to say that thinker lesser will do the trick for me. Sometimes I get to the point of thinking so much that I tend to complicate things more. It goes with the saying “paralysis by analysis”. Decide what you want to do, and just do it. If it doesn’t work you still have other options! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  11. This is the first time I ever considered pausing before I think. Hmmm, that is thought provoking in of itself. Does this brain stuff help you write? Is the difference noticeable?

  12. lisa prince says:

    thanks for the great ideas and great tips , thinkgin lesser is my fave idea x

  13. Cindy says:

    Great post. Keeping track of our thoughts is sometimes the hardest thing to do. Especially when you are an entrepreneur. There are hundreds of negative possibly thoughts a day and some days it is hard to get out from under them. Having things in your environment to help remind you to look at the brighter side of things helps. Notes on bathroom mirrors, uplifting artwork on the walls, etc can help remind up to take a deep breath and move forward.

  14. Mommy Pehpot says:

    To think more effectively, I do keep negative thoughts at bay, relax for a while and start thinking again 🙂

  15. The points I struggle the most with is not thinking negatively, and not over-thinking. Ugh! I’ve always struggled with that, but I’ve noticed it getting easier and easier as time goes on. I’ll master it one day soon. I promise. Thanks, Nate!

  16. Hi Nate,

    Great post. I find there are lots of times when I feel like I cannot think straight. Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is confusing for the caregiver too. We work jigsaw puzzles and do word search puzzles to help her and I work them with her.

    Monna

  17. This is really amazing, thinking effectively can be a little bit complicated because of negative thoughts.

  18. Diane Bester says:

    I loved this article, Nate, because I have the tendency to not give other people as much credit as they deserve when they have hurt my feelings. I immediately jump to the wrong conclusions and am trying to learn to step back and not react right out of the gate. Your brain health product sounds wonderful and especially for the aging boomers…

  19. Liz Delaney says:

    Great post Nate – and very thought-provoking. I tend to overthink things. It’s only when I take a step back, breathe deeply or go and do something that will free my mind, that things calm down in this Baby Boomer brain. I keep my vision board in front of me all the time when in the office which tends to ground me and bring me back to my purpose.

  20. Vicky says:

    Hello Nate,

    Well first of all your blog was unable to open since 3 days I think.

    Secondly I’ve missed your posts since a long time and These post regarding think more effectively is really informative.

    Thanks

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