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Video: Clean Thinking

When your brain is really cluttered with negative thoughts you can't tell a positive thought, or a helpful thought, or a deliberate thought from any other thought.  Join in as Brooke Castillo from The Life Coach School talks about the concept of Clean Thinking.

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Episode Transcript:

Hi, it's Brooke Castillo from The Life Coach School and in this video I'm going to talk to you about Clean Thinking.

One of the terms we use a lot at this school is clean thinking. A lot of times I'll forget that not everybody knows what that is so I just want to give you a short video to tell you when I use that term, what I mean by it.

So many of us have spent a lot of time neglecting our minds and what I mean by that is we don't go in there and have a look around and see what kind of thoughts we're thinking. We just let the mind run wild. When I refer to that I say it's like a toddler running around with a knife unsupervised. That's what we're doing when we let our mind just go by default. Who knows what it's going to think, what it's going to create feeling-wise and what we're going to end up doing because of the way we feel. We really need to pay attention.

The metaphor that I use is like going into a house. And it's a very dirty house, typically and the lights are off. You go in and you turn on the lights and you're like, "Whoa, it's a mess." And many of your clients will feel this way. They'll start looking at their mind and they will be overwhelmed with the amount of negative thoughts that are going on in there. And many of them will say, "Let's just turn that light right back off and pretend like we didn't see all that."

But the clients that are really vested in change and really wanting to feel better will keep that light on and start cleaning. And that's what we do with thought work. Is we basically clean our minds and we clean our thoughts. We don't just let those negative thoughts clutter up in there. We clean them up, we organize them, we take a look at them, we find a place for them.

Many times we try to eliminate the negative thoughts. At the very least we try to understand them. And what that process does is it cleans up the mind, just like you would clean up a house and then from there you can have clean thinking. When your brain is really cluttered with negative thoughts you can't tell a positive thought, or a helpful thought, or a deliberate thought from any other thought. But once you've cleaned up it's just like looking in a house. You can tell when something's out of place in a clean house. When you go into a house that's completely messy you don't know what's out of place and what isn't.

One of the things that happens pretty typically with new clients and even with my coaches is they go through this process of cleaning their mind and then a couple of weeks later they notice it's cluttered up again and it's really frustrating. It's like, "Well hey, wait. I thought I'd already worked through all of this. I thought this was already solved."

But here's the thing. It's just like cleaning a house. You can't just clean it once and think that that's it, right? You have to clean the house and then clean it again. And I prefer cleaning it daily so you keep your mind clean and your thinking clean. It's up to you how often that you do it but the more you spend time paying attention to what you're thinking, really noticing the thoughts you want to continue to think and writing down the ones that you really want to work on, the cleaner your thinking will be. When it comes to being a coach, clean thinking is the best way to be prepared to coach your client.

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