We’ve been talking about awareness of our thoughts, with the intent to take charge of them, to them take charge of the results in our life. So just how do you make a change, when you’ve been basically conditioned and programmed for negative thoughts your whole life?
I joke in my seminars about my mother having “worst case thermonuclear meltdown scenario syndrome” for her propensity to suggest the worst possible outcome in any given situation. But there is a serious side to the joke…
There are many people who almost always see things in a negative light, fear for the worst, and expect bad things to happen. I know, because I was one of them for about 35 years.
So how do you change that?
Step one is what we’ve been discussing on the last few posts: You have to become aware of your thoughts. Next, you must accept that you are not your thoughts, that they are just a part of who you are.
Then you have to get a real and honest appraisal of the slant of most of your thoughts. You must avoid denial and develop an honest picture of the kind of thoughts you have.
Even if you discover that 99% of your thoughts are negative – that is still a positive step. Because now at least you know what to work on. So start there. Take today and study your thoughts at every opportunity. Try and quantify the percentages, positive and negative. Please share your findings below with the rest of the community. And we’ll pick up from there on the next post.