How To Crush The Unhealthy Negative Thoughts In Your Mind

I remember watching the movie, The Secret, a decade ago, and one of the most powerful lessons I took away from it was that thoughts become things.

We are literally creating our future with the thoughts we think.

The challenge we face is that if our thoughts are creating our reality and if our reality isn’t what we want, then that is feedback a change must be made to how and what we are thinking. We’re in total control of what we think which means we have the ability to change our thoughts if they aren’t moving us closer to what we want.

While we will not be able to turn off our thoughts, we can train ourselves to originate empowering thoughts consistently so that we can give more attention to the things that are important to us in life. The better we become at being able to direct our thoughts towards specific outcomes, the better quality results we will enjoy.

Ways to overcome negative thoughts

I have found that the sooner I can deal with any negative thoughts I have, the quicker I can release them. If I don’t address those thoughts quickly, they tend to linger in my mind and I keep thinking those same unhealthy thoughts over and over aagin. I have also found that if I take some sort of action towards changing my thoughts, those negative thought automatically start to dissipate.

Here are five steps that will help reduce and eventually eliminate unhealthy negative thoughts in our minds so that we can focus more on what we want rather than what we don’t want. It will take some level of commitment to carry out these steps but the reward will be well worth the effort.

  1. Examine the source of your thoughts. I once learned an acronym called WAIT which stands for What Am I Thinking? The average adult thinks between 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day and most of those thoughts are pre-determined by our conditioning, beliefs and our environment. We tend to fall into habitual patterns of thinking. If an experience or event has triggered certain type thoughts which we know are unhealthy, then it is our responsibility to find out why we are thinking those type of thoughts and generate better-feeling thoughts.

How we think is creating our future. If we want our future to be different, then we must think new thoughts. If we don’t, then it is almost guaranteed that we will continue to create the same type of results we are creating now. The best way to know what type of thoughts we have been thinking is to look at our results — if they are not what we want, then it is time to change our way of thinking.

Action Step: Apply The Four Questions method to an area of your life you have been struggling with. For example, if you have a health-related goal that you have not been able to achieve, start questioning the type of thoughts you currently have towards that goal.

Question: What can be another technique that can be used to overcome any negative thoughts?

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