Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Don’t Believe Everything You Think’ is a compelling book that challenges readers to rethink their beliefs and embrace critical thinking. The book encourages readers to question their thoughts and beliefs, fostering personal growth and self-awareness. Not believing that your thoughts are true can help you make better decisions. It helps you to accept things and makes you a better person and a leader. The engaging, relatable style ensures an exciting and enjoyable exploration of the mind, keeping readers fascinated throughout.

What does the book cover?

‘Don’t Believe Everything You Think’ explores overcoming negative emotions by rethinking our thought processes. It addresses how negative thoughts and feelings arise from our thinking patterns and advises against overthinking. This guide helps in overcoming anxiety and self-doubt, drawing on Buddhist wisdom to illustrate how thinking can entangle us in suffering. The book teaches techniques to free ourselves from the trap of overthinking, providing a path to mental clarity and peace.

Interesting aspects from the book (chosen randomly)

  1. Thinking and Thoughts: Thinking and Thoughts are two different things. Thinking is a verb and requires our manual effort, which causes suffering. Thoughts are nouns, which do not come from us and are divine interventions from the Universe.
  1. Peace, Love, Joy: Peace, love, joy and all positive emotions are our default states as humans. It is only when we begin thinking, then we get taken out of the natural state, once we let go of our thinking, we fall back into our natural state of being and experience all positive feelings effortlessly.
  1. Framework for removing Thinking Triggers: Perform an audit to see what things can make you more susceptible to thinking and make a list. Write them down. Anything that puts you into a survival state will not help you maintain a state of non-thinking. Organise them in categories – Physical health, Physical environment, Digital environment, Digital consumption. Rank them from things that affect the most to least. Choose the top items and create an action item to remove it from your environment without further adding more stress.  This approach works for removing negativity at work or getting rid of destructive habits.
  1. What’s in it for me?

Self help books are always enriching. This book is a great eye opener for an overthinker like me. It is simple yet effective. The book is an easy read filled with anecdotes and examples.

My recommendation

Overthinkers need to read this book. It simply tells you to stop thinking and live your life. Get a fresh perspective with this book. It may help but definitely not do any damage.

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Sarika Chavan
Sarika Chavan is a public relations professional with over 15 years of work experience.

Sarika has previously had stints with with Weber Shandwick as Vice President - Client Experience, Adfactors PR, Text100 (now Archetype) and Perfect Relations. With keen observation and analytical skills, Sarika has successfully led PR campaigns for key brands across multiple sectors by leveraging her strength and expertise in the communications arena.

She is a post graduate in communications from Xavier Institute of Communications. She is based in Mumbai and in her free time loves to spend time with her daughters, play with her dogs, read and travel.

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