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Arrow Tip #26: Stop Spending, Start Investing

We know the difference between spending and investing. Investing means you're going to get an ROI...return on your investment. We tend to think of this in terms of money, or even time. But I'm going to challenge you to think of this in terms of your thoughts. What are you thinking about predominantly? Are you spending with your thoughts or investing them?

It's been said the majority of the thoughts we think on any given day are the same as the day before, and the day before that, and so on. If so, then are the majority of your thoughts wise investments or excessive spending?

How do we "spend" when it comes to our thinking? We do this when we obsessively worry, carry on unproductive mental conversations, endlessly rant and rave, or entertain any type of thinking that is OUT of alignment with where we want to go, what we want to have, or whom we want to be.

We invest wisely when we think in a way that yields us some sort of beneficial return. Only you can decide what's a positive return for you but generally speaking, it's any type of thought that leads you towards your preferred outcomes. Thoughts that put you into a desired state of mind or help you in some way are good investments.

I've talked a lot on this blog about paying attention to the thoughts you are thinking. This is the first step in investing your thoughts. You have to know what you're thinking about in order to assess whether those thoughts are investments or not. If they're not then begin to change the ones that aren't. Then increase and diversify your "thought portfolio" so to speak, with more productive, empowering types of thoughts.

Don't waste your thoughts on repetitive, meaningless, or negative mind chatter that gets you nowhere. Be attentive you what you're thinking about and choose to invest in thinking that moves you forward. This takes a level of awareness as well as practice. But in time it gets easier!



  1. Pay attention to what you're thinking about on a regular basis.

  2. Decide whether those thoughts are investments or costly expenditures.

  3. Change any of these expenditures into productive investments.



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