How To Eliminate Negative Thinking
Having a successful life, and achieving your goals, are skills that everyone can learn using Mind Power. To do so, the most important point you need to remember is: "What you focus on you attract." I'll say it again ... what you focus on, you attract. Good and un-good.
Simply put, you train your mind to think about what you want in life, and you avoid thinking about what you don’t want. Worry, fear, negative thinking, these are all allowing the mind to focus on what you don’t want. Not only does this drain your energy but it is counterproductive. That is why fear is so destructive and why despair and hopelessness must be avoided. They are in many ways Mind Power in reverse.
So how do we eliminate this negative thinking? The first step is to recognize the importance of eliminating them, and the second step is to be aware when negatives are happening to us. Here we go ...
Realize that it is difficult to avoid negative thinking entirely. Sometimes negative thoughts just pop into our mind. What we can do, however, is to be vigilant and aware, so that we immediately recognize when we are thinking negatively. And when we catch ourselves thinking negative thoughts we can use any of these techniques:
Change the negative thought into a positive one. For example, if you are worried and focusing on what could go wrong in a situation, change your thoughts to what could go right. The mind can only think one thought at a time; so changing the negative into a positive eliminates the negative. You can't drive in reverse and forward at the same time.
Use an affirmations. Begin affirming to yourself with something positive and self-supporting. The mind will focus on what you are repeating to yourself. It can just be a simple phrase such as "things are already great, and they're about to get better."
Use humour and fun. We get very serious and stressed when we’re thinking negative thoughts. Think of something funny to change the energy, or do something fun like going to a movie or having a night out with friends. Don’t let your negative thoughts have power over you. Be proactive in eliminating them. You can rule when you are consciously aware.
Remind yourself that the negative thought you are thinking is “only a negative thought.” It has no power other than what you give it. Negatives gain momentum from your thinking them over and over again. So stop thinking them. Replace them with positives.
The key is to be diligent in monitoring what you are thinking, to catch the negatives before they have time to become entrenched. Run tight Security on the mind's gate. Only let in things that are good and positive.
With practice you will notice right away when you are thinking negatives, and you then can take the appropriate actions. The mind is a creature of habit, so encourage positive thoughts and eliminate negative ones.
You wouldn’t allow toxins to build up in your house without taking action would you? Likewise don’t let negative toxic thinking build up in the inner sanctuary of your mind. We are responsible for the thoughts we think. Take action to eliminate negative thinking.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.
My thanks to John Kehoe