"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results. " - Willie Nelson
We have about 60,000 thoughts a day. That's a lot of thoughts rambling around our heads. These thoughts have a direct impact on our moods, how we see ourselves and the world around us. Our thoughts shape who we are and who we will become. They are always with us, day and night, whispering to us. What are your thoughts whispering to you?
Whatever our thoughts are will manifest in our life. A thought becomes a feeling, the feeling becomes an action; the action becomes our reality. Everything we believe about ourselves, our abilities, our beauty, our intelligence, and our confidence stems from our beliefs about ourselves. No matter what thought you have good or bad, it is always right. If you think you are beautiful, you are. If you believe you are capable of changing the world, you can. If you think you're smart, you are. The same is right about negative thinking. If you believe you are ugly, you are. If you feel that you are dumb, you will be. If you feel you have nothing to offer, you won't. So if whatever thought you have is correct, then you might as well have positive, joyful, and empowering beliefs.
Have you heard of an Olympic athlete winning a gold medal and saying, "I never thought I was very good at swimming? I honestly never thought I could win." Have you ever seen a delighted person walk around frowning commenting, "The world is a horrible place? I hate everything in it." Probably not. Our thoughts go hand-in-hand with our moods and achievements. Do you want good things to happen to you? Then see the good around you. Do you want to obtain your goals? Then believe that you will reach them. Do you want to be promoted at work? Then assume you have what it takes to impress the boss.
There are endless things in our external world that we have no control over. However, we are the only ones who control our thoughts. Are your beliefs holding you back? What are your dreams telling you about yourself? What are your thoughts telling you about your world? What are your thoughts telling you about your ability to achieve happiness?
Like so many other things we do negative thinking is a habit. The good news is that habits can be changed. To break a habit, you need to be aware of it and take action to change it creating a new pattern in its place.
If you want positive change in your life, start with changing negative thoughts into positive ones. Be an observer of your mind. Notice if the voices in your head are giving you positive or negative thoughts. If you catch a negative view about yourself, stop it and reverse the idea into a positive one. Example of negative thinking "I can't speak up in the meeting. No one will listen to me." Change it to positive thinking, "I have a lot to contribute in the meeting. Others will appreciate my ideas." Example of negative thinking, "I'll never find a person who loves me, and I'll always be alone." Change it to positive thinking, "I am worth loving, and I know that the right person for me is on their way to me."
Give yourself reminders of your new positive thoughts. Sticky notes around your house and office as a reminder that you will get more positive results with positive thinking is a great way to break the habit of negative thinking.
It is normal to program our minds to think a certain way. It makes sense that if we repeat the same thing to ourselves day in and out, we will brainwash ourselves into believing it. If you struggle with a particular negative thought loop that repeats its self in your mind, combat it with handwriting a letter to yourself that is the positive version of the negative loop. It is proven that the action of writing imprints on our brains, giving us better retention.
Give yourself 60,000 thoughts a day of how wonderful you are and all of the fantastic things you see in the world.