Your thoughts have a lot more substance than you might think.
Researchers found that when people wrote down their thoughts on a piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the thoughts as well. But those who tucked the paper into their pocket were more likely to use them when later making judgments.
The findings suggest that people can treat their thoughts as material, as energy.
“However you tag your thoughts—as trash or as worthy of protection—seems to make a difference in how you use those thoughts.”
In one experiment high school students wrote about what they liked or disliked about their bodies. Half of the participants were told to contemplate their thoughts and then check them for grammar or spelling mistakes. The other half were told to contemplate their thoughts and then throw the paper away in a trash can.
Those who physically hung onto their thoughts were more likely to use them in forming judgments later when asked to rate their bodies on various scales (bad-good, unattractive-attractive, like-dislike).
A similar experiment found that people were even more likely to rely on their thoughts when they placed them in a safe place like their pocket.
This suggests you can magnify your thoughts, and make them more important to you, by keeping them with you in your wallet or purse.
That’s not surprising. When you write something down—whether it’s a thought, intention, or goal—you put your energy into it. It’s like writing a contract to yourself. It is like sending a message to the universe, telling it exactly what you want.
Committing your goals and intentions to paper is a key aspect so try it on THE CARD THAT KEEPS YOU ON TRACK and you will know how effective this simple act is in achieving successful outcomes.