Did you know that our brains are wired to think negative thoughts? Research shows that we think about 60,000 thoughts each day and approximately 80% are negative. No wonder we have a hard time facing life with a positive attitude!
The good news is, we can change the way we think and create a habit of positive thinking. It takes a lot of hard work and patience but it is well worth the effort because it changes the way we look at life.
Many of our negative thoughts come from what has happened to us in the past. Other people may have made negative comments about our looks and abilities which makes us form beliefs that are not always true. We may have been called ‘stupid’ or ‘worthless’ and these unkind, untrue words will stick in our brain like poison, causing us to feel bad about ourselves. We will worry, complain, judge others, get upset, become angry, and feel depressed or stressed. When we first get up in the morning, our minds are flooded with negative thoughts and this bad habit will likely continue every day for the rest of our lives UNLESS we do something to change our thinking.
We can change our negative thoughts by:
- focusing on our words
- consciously being aware of what we are saying
- challenging what we hear and not believing everything that is said to us
- changing any negative words into positive words
- practice saying positive statements
- building confidence and increasing our esteem
We have to realize that when other people are focused on their negative thinking, they may say things to us that are hurtful and probably not true at all. This may be because they are angry and may have been hurt by somebody else so they are just passing on their hurt to whomever they come in contact with. Others may say mean or hurtful things because they are just not thinking clearly or not paying attention to what they are saying. People often say things unintentionally because their brain is not engaged. Just think about how many times you have said something that you didn’t really mean, just because you were upset or angry.
Our words have such a powerful impact on people and we have to carefully choose the words we use with others and also ourselves. Positive words are beneficial and can provide peaceful, calming effects on everyone. However negative words can be destructive and cause a lot of damage.
Stop your negative thoughts before they become negative words and actions! Word hard to re-wire your thinking! Changing your thinking isn’t an easy task, it takes time and patience but it is certainly worth the effort. Once you develop a habit of positive thinking you will have the following benefits:
- less stress
- more peace
- better relationships
- feeling of happiness
- will enjoy spending time with self
- easier dealing with problems
- not feeling sick all the time
- more energy
- positive attitude
- less complaining
- ability to accomplish more
- ability to influence others in a positive way
Do yourself a favour and re-wire your thinking!
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