The Thought Police | Garret Kramer | A New Paradigm in Sports Psychology and Performance Coaching


The Thought Police

They are everywhere: the thought police. In our churches and temples; in our schools and universities; on the coaching staffs of our sports teams, in our psychologists’ offices; in our meditation, hypnosis, and exercise classes; in our positive-thinking seminars; in our own families. Somewhere in the evolution of human beings, the notion that a person’s thoughts were controllable made its way to the forefront.

We’ve been paying a huge price ever since.

The truth is that no one can control his or her thinking. And the more you attempt to do so, the worse you will feel.

For years, I have wondered why people don’t catch on to this. Here in the U.S., for example, many speak out against thought-controlling or dictatorship-type regimes, but we laud a military that is steeped in this very culture. On our sports fields, discipline and toeing the line are stressed far more than imagination and creativity. Plus, our penal system is all about altering the thought systems of others (with awful results). I was even strolling through a bookstore the other day and noticed a book titled: How Successful People Think. As if a person is actually capable of willfully thinking their way to success the way another person supposedly did.

Enough with the mind control already. Trying to control one’s thinking actually requires more thought and effort. This reduces clarity—obstructing free will, instincts, and productive behavior.

Rather, if you (like most of us) seek a happy and rewarding life, the answer is as simple as understanding that policing your own thoughts is never in your best interest. In other words, bad feelings are the result of the misconception that thoughts are so meaningful or dangerous that they must be controlled.

Just because you have a thought, doesn’t mean that it’s true. Your thoughts, and the feelings they generate, are constantly changing. So, no matter how dysfunctional it becomes, leave your thinking alone. You’ll be amazed how quickly your head will clear; leaving room for inner wisdom, positivity, and love to automatically fill the space.