What is in your mind?
You create what you think, right? Or I’d rather say you create what you feel. So it would be very important to enjoy your life, to actually think about things that make you feel good. But can you rewrite your negative thought patterns?
If someone asks me how to think positively, I usually advise the method which I used, when I started to pay attention to my thoughts.
I tried to pay attention to my thoughts all the time. When I was thinking negatively, then here’s what I did: As soon as I noticed I had a negative thought, I acknowledged and embraced it. I told myself, OK now I was thinking negatively (acknowledged it), and that’s OK (embraced it). But then I said to myself, but now I’d like to focus on something positive, which serves me better. So I imagined gently sweeping away those negative thoughts and started to focus on something positive. It was usually thinking about my future, as you might read my post that I’m a big daydreamer
So then I was done for some minutes. But some minutes later I usually noticed again that I was thinking negatively, so I repeated the whole process again.
In the first days it might be 50 times a day, that you need to sweep your negative thoughts again and again, but then you’ll realize that it will decrease to 30 times, then 20 times and so on. You’ll notice that you don’t need to sweep away so many thoughts, because you managed to rewrite your thought pattern.
Here is your step-by-step guide to rewrite your negative thought patterns
You might have noticed that I like to give step-by-step methods.
So just to make it clear, to rewrite your negative thought patterns you need to do the following 6 steps:
1. Become aware and pay attention to your thoughts, notice if you think negatively
2. Acknowledge (I’m thinking negatively) and embrace (and it’s perfectly OK to think this way) your negative thoughts
3. Make a decision, say to yourself: now I’d like to focus on something else, something positive, which serves me better.
4. Imagine sweeping away gently your negative thoughts
5. Start to focus on something positive (something nice in your past, or choose to be in the present, or you can also choose to daydream about your desired future.)
6. Repeat the whole process
How long does it take?
For me it took about 2 or 3 weeks to change my thoughts. I tried to pay attention to my thoughts all the time. (Well, of course I couldn’t do that 24 hours a day, but I really paid attention as much as I could). And naturally I have negative thoughts nowadays as well, but much less then in the past.
I’m interested. How do you think? Are your thoughts positive mostly, or rather negative? Do you believe that you can change your thoughts? Do you believe that your thoughts have an influence on your reality?