Think Again: Choosing New Thoughts

Spread love. Not fear. Spread hope. Not defeat. Your words are powerful. Choose them wisely. It’s possible to crush someone’s dream with a single word. Offer encouragement whenever possible. And always extend that courtesy to yourself.

Think abopositive thinkingut your own life with words of love, hope, kindness, and inspiration. You could use affirmations like: “I love and approve of myself…I trust my inner wisdom in making good decisions today…I know that it’s okay to make mistakes along the way, because I can always learn from them…My life is full of promise.”

Our subconscious mind is absorbing every word we say to ourselves. So be mindful of how you’re programming your brain. Negative belief systems can run like buggy software in the subconscious, sabotaging us on a daily basis. So maybe it’s time to download some more beneficial beliefs about yourself, the world, and your place in it.

You can start in this moment by shifting your thinking.

Stop the Insanity

Did you know it’s estimated that we have more than 60,000 thoughts a day? Well, about 95 percent of these are the same ones we had yesterday and the day before that. Then we wonder why our lives don’t change.

It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So you can imagine what the impact will be of continuing to tell yourself things like: “No one cares what’s happening to me…No one listens to what I have to say…I always mess things up…I never get paid what I’m worth…You can’t trust anybody anymore.”

Those beliefs become self-fulfilling prophesies. Every time we think those negative thoughts, they immediately influence our feelings, which affect our motivation and actions. The energy of that thinking also has a powerful effect on how others interact with us. What we think about ourselves and others can quickly become true for us.

Be Mindful

So what kind of reality do you want to create for yourself? Think carefully about it. Then continue to choose thoughts that are in congruence with that future you’d like to build (improved health, relationships, career prospects, etc.).positive thinking graphic

You don’t have to monitor every thought. That could get exhausting. But pay attention to your feelings. If you start feeling anxious or sad, stop and notice what you were just thinking about. The thought always comes before the feeling. Our thoughts are immediately communicated into our body, affecting our energy and health.

Keep in mind that negative feelings can be momentarily beneficial, if they remind us that we need to make changes in our lives. But we have to remember to shift our thinking in a positive direction once we’re ready to move past the emotion.

So if you catch yourself feeling defeated and thinking, “I just feel so stuck,” try changing the thought to something like: “I have great potential. I know I have the power to make positive changes in my life.”

Or look for inspiration in the words of others. Like poet Maya Angelou:

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

NOTE: Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life, is a wonderful resource on positive thinking. Hypnosis can always be a very helpful technique. At Wellspring Reiki & Hypnotherapy, we provide recordings of the affirmative parts of hypnotherapy sessions to help reinforce the changes you’d like to make in your life. These recordings can serve as a powerful guided meditation to both relax and inspire you.

Positive thinking graphics by Rafal Olechowski