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    shutterstock_127443587Why would anyone want 90,000 gifts for Christmas or whatever your seasonal holiday is? Not even the greediest person would want 90,000 gifts, right? Not even the #1 person on Santa’s list, the nicest person who deserves the best of the season’s bounty wants 90,000 gifts. So where on earth is someone getting 90,000 gifts?

    You are. It’s the gift you give yourself every single day.

    You think just about 90,000 thoughts on your average day.

    That means you have 90,000 times every 24 hours, when you have the opportunity to congratulate yourself, give yourself a pep-talk, and share encouraging words in the inner sanctum of your own mind.

    You know the terrible truth?

    You hardly ever use those 90,000 opportunities to say such nice things to yourself, about yourself or anyone else.

    Most people use their 90,000 chances to speak badly to themselves.

    In fact, many experts believe you haven’t had 90,000 positive thoughts in the last decade or more. That’s why you’ve been told to write up a gratitude journal. Take 20 minutes a day to meditate on compassion. Do a little yoga. Get more sleep.

    We keep reminding you that negativity is the source of much of your physical and emotional complaints. It’s happening more than you think. It’s happening during most of the 90,000 times you muster up a thought.

    That’s 90,000 times to feel stress, worry, self-doubt, anxiety, fear, anger, frustration, irritation, discontent and downright rage. That’s what is filling up most of the space in the grey, wrinkled mass between your ears. And, if negativity is anything like interest in a bank, these tiny increments are compounding exponentially.

    Your mind is the single most important place on the planet, but you probably haven’t done much to save it. Your probably treat it much more like a recycling plant than a power plant.

    Your mind could be the place of self-love, creativity, generosity, invention, wisdom, optimism, and resilience. It could be generating joy, mastery, success and abundance. It could be filled with directing actions toward highly desirable goals.

    So give yourself the gift of good thoughts. Make your season bright.

    Nance Rosen, MBA is author of Speak Up! & Succeed: How to get everything you want in meetings, presentations and conversations. She blogs at NanceRosenBlog.com. She is also on the faculty of the UCLA Business and Management continuing executive education program. Formerly, Nance was a marketing executive at the Coca-Cola Company, president of the Medical Marketing Association, first woman director of marketing in the Fortune 500 technology sector, host of International Business on public radio and NightCap on television, an entrepreneur and a general manager at Bozell Advertising and Public Relations (now Omnicom).

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