6 Miles – Thoughts on Thoughts III of VVIIXI

Ironically, last week, I was eating chips, salsa and a smothered burrito at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants while simulatenously thinking about running six miles.  I like to run.  But only two or three miles.  Not six.  But I did it recently – I RAN SIX MILES.  As I took a sip from my strawberry colada, I tried to figure out how on Earth I did that?  And then it hit me.  I ran six miles during the height of “clicking” my positive thoughts. 

I’m telling the truth.

That is exactly when it happened.  I was seriously able to run six miles on my treadmill and I am pretty dang sure it was a side-effect of my positive thinking.  The last time I ran that far was…um…let me think…oh ya, High School.   I don’t run six miles.  I’m not a six-miler.  I’m not.  But during that week, during the flow of positive thoughts, my body, lungs, heart and muscles were strengthened and empowered just as much as my mind was.

It was quite a realization.


“Our mind wants to do everything we tell it to do.”   – Jana Call

Blog to you soon, (and there is a lot more to come on the subject of our thoughts.)



17 Responses to “6 Miles – Thoughts on Thoughts III of VVIIXI”

  1. Sherri Says:

    I like that quote about our minds. I recently have found myself thanking heaven for the smallest, simplest things, things like remembering to put the wet, washed clothes in the dryer; to bring something necessary with me on an errand; or to change my daughter’s diaper before it was too late. Like I said, silly, simple things.
    But things that give us a peaceful spirit, closer to Him, things that help us slowly see our potential, what Heavenly Father sees.
    There’s probably tons we can accomplish by going the positive, thankful route but just have no idea, thanks to the negative we usually have to get through first.
    I’m curious to hear more on your/our thoughts!

  2. Laura Says:

    I need to get a clicker (for positive thoughts)! I love these posts on positive thoughts. They are really inspiring and make me think more about the thoughts that are on my mind. Thank you!

  3. Kelli Says:

    You go girl! :) I have never run even close to six miles. Barely a mile. Sad, I know.

    Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful performances & insights in Nashville. I am SO looking forward to the new CD! And I’ve totally been trying to bond with my washing machine. haha ;)

    Hope you don’t mind – but I posted a pic on my blog (Have You Ever…? Part 2/Take 2) that I took with you at Time Out. Yup – I’m cheesy like that.

  4. Jennie Says:

    Congrats on your 6 mile run and it being on a treadmill! I don’t consider myself a runner but would like to one day. In a book I read it stated that running is 10% physical and 90% mental. I totally believe that. I have been able to run 2 half marathons and survive just by mentally pushing through it and with the right playlist on my ipod. It is amazing what we can do if we are mentally prepared and believe in our positive mental thoughts.

  5. Cheyenne Says:

    Amen sister!!

    PS-Mexican is the BEST!!

  6. Sheryl Says:

    Thanks for the post, and to remind me about focusing on positive thoughts. My daughter, Angela, who’s 2yr old son drowned, (she spoke at the TOFW in Orlando-you and I talked about it in SLC at Deseret Book signing). She is running in the Nashville Country Music Half-Marathon, in April (http://nashville.competitor.com/register/marathons/). She is also, not a runner. Positive thoughts are what is keeping her going. It’s so amazing what you can do with keeping your mind focused on good things. Until your next blog…ciao!

  7. your sister Says:

    Time to run 26.2 sister. Only 20 to go! Good job.

  8. Lisa Says:

    I am deeply intrigued by your thoughts on thoughts mostly cause I struggle with depression. I don’t know where the negative thoughts come from (probably Satan trying to drag me down or my own insecurities), but they do take hold and have great effect on me. It’s been a new, empowering journey turning those negative thoughts into positive ones. I just ordered a clicker! I have also sat down and written only positive thoughts on paper until the sheet is full and mentally it does change something inside of me. It gives me hope when it’s dark. It strengthens my testimony that God knows me individually and loves me as I am and wants me to be happy by following Him. It is only through Christ that we obtain true happiness. Reminds me of Elder Uchtdorf’s talk either Feb/Mar Ensign about “Finding the Good Around You”. What you’re looking for you will find whether that’s good or bad. I believe it takes time for those positive thoughts to really take root in our lives, but I truly believe they do. Thoughts lead to action as you’ve seen by running 6 miles!

    Thank you for your inspiration, Hilary!

  9. Laura Says:

    I’m training for a half marathon and have gotten bored of the music on my ipod, so I started listening to past conference sessions. Wow! Talk about infusing your brain with positive thoughts while you are plugging away at 10+ miles on a Saturday morning at 6 am! It’s a great way to make your run more enjoyable and keep the positive thoughts flowing!

  10. Pattyann Says:

    I totally agree with your posts on positive thoughts. I have found out the same things myself. I feel so strongly about it, that I blog about it often. I think when we focus on the positive things, they become something that we remember more often. We not only feel better, we become better. It is the same for me when I look for my Heavenly Father’s blessings in my life. The more I focus on the blessings, the more I find myself aware of how often He really does help me in my life. Also, the more love I feel for Him and the more I want to be like Him. There is a very, very old song that goes something like this: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, hold fast to the affirmative and don’t mess with Mr. in between. And by the way, I love, love, love your music. You are amazing.

  11. Jana Says:

    Our stake had Girls Camp this past week – and our truly inspired leader read your blog (and talked to you) about these clickers and positive thoughts. I know she couldn’t get the other leaders to catch the vision, but I am so glad she followed the prompting of the spirit.
    We all got clickers on the first day – and I can’t even tell you what a difference it made for our Camp. The spirit was SO strong and the lives of our girls were changed dramatically. It was amazing to see them focus on the positive, and to focus on building one another too.
    In our ward we found out that just about every girl was going through something pretty hard (a lot of things girls their ages really shouldn’t have to deal with), but because of all the positive surrounding them they were really able to unite and I know without a doubt that they will continue to be there for each other and help one another get through these trying times.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Our ward would not be the same without your great experiment. I was hoping to be able to take the girls to your concert Live What I Know, but the tickets are already sold out – I’m hoping they will do another one soon! Love Ya!!!

  12. Shelley Andersen Says:

    Hi Hilary,
    Went to TOFW in Phoenix this past weekend, bought clickers for everyone in our family and used your experiment/talk as Family night lesson tonight. Thank you so much!!!! What an amazing spirit-everyone loved it. In fact my Senior Son wants to share in Seminary tomorrow. He and his best friend will proudly be wearing their “clickers” to school, and sharing with all who want as missionary experiences. I also shared your Beautiful Heartbreak music video as part of the lesson and it went along perfectly.
    Thanks again for your amazing talent you share with everyone.
    Much love,
    Shelley A

  13. Steve Says:

    I love your clicker story line. I have been clicking since August. I find your entry truly inspiring, I can’t wait for your next entry.

  14. Sharon Parry Says:

    Hilary, We have girls camp coming up. Our theme is “Look to Him to Survive.” We would like all the girls in our stake to learn the song “I will” and sing it before we go on our commitment hike. I’ve looked on the internet but cant find the sheet music or the song to down load. Is there any way we can buy the sheet music and then copy it for all the girls to practice with? I have “I will” on my girls EFY cd. Can I permission to copy this song on a cd to give out to the girls to practice with ? What would you suggest I do?

    Thank you, Sharon Parry
    Chandler Az Alma Stake
    Mesa, Arizona

  15. Lora Says:

    I know I’m about a year late….but I LOVE your posts on positive thoughts! SO good! You absolutely MUST read the book “The Power” by Rhonda Byrne. YOU MUST. It will take you to the next level with positive thinking and how thoughts of love and gratitude will change your life. I have recently read it (and reread it several times) and the things in my life that I was unhappy with are beginning to change. It is absolutely amazing. It goes right in line with what you have been talking about. Powerful stuff! One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Most people think and talk about what they don’t love more than they think and talk about what they love. They give out more negativity than love, and in doing so they are inadvertently depriving themselves of all the good things in life…People who have great lives think and talk about what they love more than what they don’t love! And people who are struggling think and talk about what they don’t love more than what they do love!” Thanks for your posts! Best of luck to you!

  16. Steve Shenk Says:

    Hilary I sure enjoyed this blog post and your article in the latest Utah Valley Magazine. Thanks for your grand advice. Steve Shenk

  17. becky Says:

    Oh so true. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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