Penny For Your Thoughts

Penny For ThoughtsWhat’s Your “THOUGHT” Rate of Return?

Did you know that you have 60,000—70,000 thoughts a day?

What value do you place on your thoughts?  At a penny, I doubt very little.  They can’t “buy” much can they?  You have seen people who won’t pick up a penny, but they will take the time to bend over and retrieve a quarter.

How would you spend your thoughts if they were worth a dollar?  What would you do with them if they were $10?  And more importantly, what thoughts would you have if you believed they had value? Some answers may be you would use them more wisely; you would pay more attention to them or even add new ones to your repertoire!  What if they were worth $100 or better yet $1000? Go ahead and be daring set your imagination to work.  What thoughts would you select to invest in?  What thoughts will give you the best return?

Are you selling yourself short?  How do you put those to work for you.  Have you considered that perhaps, if you put more value on your thoughts, you might not waste them, you might pay more attention to them and – you might add to your thought repertoire.  Are you selling yourself short?

Now I know that you know that thoughts don’t have a dollar value – or do they?  Thoughts are indeed powerful tools whose value is in their ability to create.  When you say you want something – the new job, relationship, better health – are you thinking the same things that you are saying?  Rather than what are you asking for, praying for or hoping for – what are you “thinking” for?  And what is deep beneath your thinking – doubt and worry or excitement and gratitude?

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, renown psychiatrist and author of “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” has a fun acronym for our thoughts.  ANTS – Automatic Negative Thoughts.  What do you do when you have ants in your kitchen?  Most would answer – you get rid of them – squish them, spray them – or with the heart of Buddha – guide them out the door.  Dr. Amen would suggest replacing them with a PAAS (pronounced pause) – Positive Attitude Adjustments.


  1. Step One – become aware of your thoughts. No judgment allowed.  Just become cognizant.  Perhaps put them in categories.  Financial, relationship or career based, emotional.  Empowering, limiting. Whatever comes to mind
  1. Step Two. What thought might you choose to eliminate – One that does not produce an acceptable return.
  1. Step Three: Identify and select a single thought that, when manifested, would bring a smile to your face.

Keep this simple and have fun with it!

For more check out “Make your Thoughts Matter, Breakfast Workshop at Crest Hill Antiques April 21 9am-10:30. or call (540) 253-5790.