Did you know that we have close to 60,000 thoughts a day? Some of them are just bizarre, most of them are the same thoughts we had yesterday and most of those are negative. They are the very thoughts that create our human suffering. The deadly trio...fear, doubt and worry.
Negative thoughts are patterns really. Habits. The mind loves patterns. They run deep grooves in our minds. These patterns eventually become limiting beliefs that can rob us of our joy if we let them.
Thoughts create Feelings.
Feelings create Actions.
Actions create Results. What our life is like.
Good news! We have complete control over our thoughts. In fact, it is the only thing we do have complete control over. It takes constant practice. Like working a muscle. But it is as simple as replacing the negative thoughts with positive, empowering ones. Simple but not easy, that is.
We become good at what we practice. We've had so much practice in thinking limiting thoughts that we have gotten really good at them. Imagine what our lives would be like if we took up empowered thinking. Practicing every day. Exercising the empowered thinking muscle.
It helps to have a list of replacement thoughts. A list of thoughts we can turn to when the negative ones creep in, as they are prone to do.
1. WRITE: Fold a piece of paper in half the long way. On the left make a list of 10 negative thoughts and on the right make a list of positive, empowering thoughts that you can use to replace the negative ones.
2. PAUSE: When you notice a negative thought, pause and re-frame it. Insert one of the new, empowering thoughts.
3. PRACTICE, practice, practice
It’s all about noticing what you’re noticing. Noticing that you are having a negative thought is progress, my friends! It’s the first step in changing a habit. So celebrate it and keep noticing.
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