Hopefully, during the last couple of days you increased your awareness of the thoughts you allow to enter your mind. Whether negative or positive did you notice how they affected your attitude and mood? Maybe you experienced a few thought attacks and found yourself distracted, distraught, or restless and unable to sleep at night. They certainly can destroy your sense of well-being. The important thing is to just be aware—recognize what is going on in your head! Only then can you begin to change it for the better.
Step two provides five suggestions on how you can begin to better control your thoughts.
Step 2. Decide to change your thought patterns and take action.
Realize that it is up to you and ONLY YOU to make your life what you want it to be. You must have a strong inner desire and truly WANT TO CHANGE in order to create the habits necessary for living a life of happiness and prosperity.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
1. What do you expect in your life on a daily basis? Do you realize if you expect bad you will get bad and if you expect good you will get good. It is really a simple concept but I have to admit it can be very challenging to master! Try looking at people, places, and things, in a different way. For instance, many times we look at others with our negative lenses and therefore see only the negative. Try looking through positive lenses and see the difference. Will it make all the negative influences in our life magically disappear? No, of course not – certain things are out of our control. What you can control is your thinking, your reaction, and your decision to learn from all that you experience in life. Expecting the best helps you focus more on the positives and believe me you do have them.
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…..” Proverbs 23:7
2. Try using affirmations and let as many positive thoughts as possible dominate your mind. An affirmation is a positive assertion or declaration. They are a great way to strengthen, motivate, and turn negative thinking into productive positive thinking. There are many websites that share wonderful affirmations ready for you to personalize and use. I have added a widget to my Google home page that displays a positive affirmation beneath a beautiful picture of nature and both change several times throughout the day. My homepage used to be filled with various news sources that had predominately negative headlines and stories so I decided to make a change. Now when I open my homepage the affirmation and picture is the first thing I see. A small and simple change but the results have proven very profitable throughout day when those negative thoughts begin slipping in.
3. Surround your space with uplifting words. Aside from affirmations consider posting positive words, sayings, or quotes on the walls of your home or on your office desk. A great source for motivational posters and accessories that can be used at work or home is http://www.successories.com. There are also many home decor and department stores that have posters, wall art, and framed prints with uplifting quotes and words on them. Of course you can always make your own. Many times I have either printed out or hand written a positive word or quote on a piece of paper or 3 x 5 card and taped it to my bathroom mirror.
4. Positive reading. Choose to read books and articles that are uplifting and positive. Here are a few of my favorites:
“The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale (Actually, any of his books are wonderful.)
“You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise L. Hays
“The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne
“Take Time for Your Life” by Cheryl Richardson
My list could go on forever as I have an extreme love for books but I think you get the idea. The choice is yours and I know you will find what written words will provide the results you are looking for.
5. Good music. Think about the lyrics of songs you listen to. What words are you letting shape your mind? Words become increasingly powerful when set to music. Think about the times you heard a song on the radio and then found yourself singing the chorus or specific phrases over and over again the rest of the day. What lyrics would you prefer to repeat over and over in your mind? Which ones will bring you closer to your goal?
These are just a few ideas that can help you start changing your thought patterns. As you begin to increase your awareness and create new habits you will discover additional ways to keep your mind on the positive!
“As long as you know what it is you desire, then by simply affirming that it is yours — firmly and positively, with no ifs, buts, or maybes — over and over again, from the minute you arise in the morning until the time you go to sleep at night, and as many times during the day as your work or activities permit, you will be drawn to those people, places, and events that will bring your desires to you.” ~Scott Reed
My next post will finish up with Step Three so be sure to come back and visit!