Generally every day human brain generates about 70,000 thoughts, now, you shouldn’t react to every single thought otherwise the thought will eat you alive from the inside and you will lose control of reality.
Joseph Nguyen gives you a clear idea in his Don’t Believe Everything You Think about how you can be free from your thoughts and live a happy life in reality.
This book is all about how a single thought can make your life happier and how a single thought can also destroy your life.
Don’t Believe Everything You Think Quotes
“A belief is essentially a point of view that we hold to be true.”
“Our thinking only has control over us if we believe it. Let go of the belief in the thought to let go of the suffering.”
“We don’t live in reality, we live in a PERCEPTION of reality, which is created by our own thinking.”
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Don’t Believe Everything You Think Summary
Thoughts are not a reality yet we always have thoughts about the things we don’t have and we don’t pay much attention to the things we have.
Now let’s assume that out of 70,000 thoughts we have every day, we question every single one of them,
- It’s about the job you’re doing
- How you’re spending money
- What kind of food you’re eating
- How much money you’re making
- How is your relationship with family, and
- What you’re doing with my life
So now tell me, how will you focus on the important things?
Instant thinking about money, s*x, porn, exam result, the future, or even about how you hate your job.
Focus on how you can improve your life every day by doing exercise, reading books, spending time with your family, finding solutions for the problem you have, and being happy with what you have.
You will have thought about everything you see, hear, and watch but that doesn’t mean you have to react to every single one of them. You have to be aware of yourself and see where you need to spend time and where you don’t.
Thoughts make us human but that doesn’t mean, every thought you have is important.
If you can do those things then you will never be a prisoner of overthinking, you will always be in reality and see it as just a thought without worrying about the future.
Takeaway 1: Thoughts Will Come and Go, The Keyword is Thinking
Let’s say, you have a problem with your job, the problem might be you hate your job.
Now, you have two choices.
- You quit your current job and find the job you love
- You find out why you hate your job and see whether you actually hate your job or you’re just overthinking it
Always keep in mind every problem has a solution. Sometimes we see the solution but we’re afraid to apply it.
In the case of a job, you’re afraid that you won’t find another job or your next job won’t pay you as much as the first one.
So if you hate your job then find out the solution and solve it.
There is no such word as love or hate or like or dislike. These are just words that we have given meaning to.
Thought about changing a job is harmless but thinking about changing jobs will create a lot of problems. You will start thinking about,
- What if I don’t get a new Job
- What if my new Job doesn’t pay as much as the job I’m doing currently
- What if I have to shift to a new city
These kinds of thinking will make your life harder. So rather than thinking about quitting a job, find out the solution and solve it.
You might be bored doing the same things, you might need a vacation, or you might be spending more time on social media and seeing other people living a better life than yours.
So keep in mind, a thought is harmless but when we think about a thought without questioning it then we will enter into the overthinking zone which is a trap.
Takeaway 2: Always Question Your Belief
Your mind doesn’t know what is right or wrong, you’re the one who decides it with the experience you had from the day you were born.
For example, your parents told you that GOD doesn’t exist and when you become an adult, you do your research and discover that no one has the right answer as to whether god exists or not.
In the same way,
Your parents told you that GOD does exist and people are created by GOD.
So you believe in that idea and from the day you were born, you read every single book that claimed that GOD does exist.
Because of this you will start believing in GOD and you won’t even try to question the possibility of it doesn’t.
So no matter what people say, always Question your Beliefs. Sometimes, you won’t find the right answer but you will see every single side before getting to the conclusion.
Takeaway 3: The Reaction Is The Key Point When You Get Angry
Let’s assume that someone said bad words about your mother or father. This was that movement, you got angry and hit that person.
If you were aware of the situation then you might have moved on with a big smile because whether it’s a Bad or good word, they’re just words.
For example, if someone uses the F word in Chinese or Sanskrit then you will politely ask, what does that mean? Here, you won’t get angry or hit the person because you don’t understand those languages.
Words are words and you have to see them as words whether it’s bad or good words.
Now, sometimes, things do get out of control.
For example, if someone gets physical then it makes sense to defend yourself but when someone uses words to trigger you then, it makes sense to take a step back.
Don’t Believe Everything You Think Takeaways
- Having thought about buying a new smartphone is harmless but if you think about buying a phone then your mind will gather all the information from how much money you have and all kinds of other things. So be careful what you watch, hear, and see.
- Words are Words, so get triggered if someone uses bad words for you or your family.
- There is no need to react to every single thought you have, try to focus on what matters the most in your life.
- You don’t have to believe in everything you hear, see, or watch. Questions are the key, see what is reality and what is not.
- Try to be in the present and your life will get better.
Don’t Believe Everything You Think Review
Yes, definitely, you should read Don’t Believe Everything You Think, it will give you a clear idea about how your mind works and how you should not pay much attention to every single thought you have every second.
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