Choosing your thoughts

Choosing your thoughts

Pragmatism believes that the mind is a tool. You have the ability to decide what you think. Or, you can choose NOT to think. And that is one of the most important and most practical things you can learn in life.  

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Stop Spending So Much Time In Your Head

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 Useful Thoughts:
  1. Thinking about how you can solve problems. A problem is just an unanswered question. Put your brain to use and think about how you can solve problems. 
  2. Understanding knowledge. Try to internalize knowledge and think about how you can use that knowledge to improve your life, career, work, relationships, etc.

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William James

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

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