Research indicates that we can't think and talk at the same time. Apparently, it is physiologically impossible because the thinking and speaking processes originate from the area part in the brain.
I don't know a lot about the research--couldn't find too much about it on the internet (I did find an insanely interesting article about the brain called "Brains are Applesauce"), but all you need to do is try it for yourself.
I went to a training where the instructor demonstrated the process with a very simple exercise. He told us to count to 100 in our heads when he raised his right hand and to say our ABC's, out loud, when he raised his left . He raised his right hand and then in the middle of counting, he raised his left.
Needless to say, the ABC's took over.
Everything starts with at thought. Unfortunately, some studies indicate that up to 77 percent of our thoughts are negative.
Are we doomed?
Not at all.
If all it takes, physiologically, to interrupt the thought process is a spoken word, we've got this! Three things that help me:
- Recognize a negative thought. Sound silly? Bad thoughts can creep in, just like that. They are insidious. I have to make a seriously concious effort to realize what's going on in my head. And check it. As Joyce Meyer says "think about what you are thinking about". Recognize what's going on in that mind of yours and take charge!
- Be prepared. As I said, negative thoughts will creep in. All the time! Have positive affirmations ready and waiting. Use props--write 'em out, carry a book in your purse--whatever you have to do, just be ready to stomp them out with a word.
- Focus on the good. Every situation, no matter how ominous it appears to be, has a silver lining. Find it and shout it out! This is easier in some instances than others. It doesn't matter. Just do it.