Decide Which Negative Thought You Will Replace With a Positive Thought
Many people don’t understand that we really can change how we think…and that is what changes our reactions to the world around us.
Pay attention to the thoughts you have throughout the day.
Note the negatives. They may look something like this:
I never get anything right.
She’d look so much better if her hair was brown and not blonde.
I hate when people drive like idiots.
Pick one. Now create a thought to replace it. It might look like this:
Negative: I never get anything right.
Positive: Hmm, well this didn’t work out well. I’ll take a look at what I did up to this point to figure out what I can do differently next time.
Practice the Positive by saying it out loud at least three times.
Commit to being aware of your thoughts so that when you have the Negative: I never get anything right…you will catch yourself and instead say out loud the Positive: Hmm, well this didn’t work out well. I’ll take a look at what I did up to this point to figure out what I can do differently next time.
This takes practice.
It works best when you tackle one thought at a time.
My experience is that when I began doing this, I became proficient at catching myself thinking Other Negatives and automatically looking for Positives to replace them with.