We have talked a lot about having awareness of the nature of your thoughts. This is critical if you have the intent to take charge of them, thus taking charge of the results in your live.
So what happens when you realize you’ve been basically conditioned and programmed for negative thoughts your whole life?
I joke in my seminars about someone I know who has “worst case, thermonuclear meltdown scenario” syndrome. For some reason, she never says, “Careful you might trip and twist your ankle.” She always seems to say something like, “Careful, or you'll trip and break your neck.”
All kidding aside, there is a serious side to that. There are many people who almost always see things in a negative light, fear for the worst, and expect bad things to happen. I know, because I was one of them for 30 or 35 years.
The first step is becoming aware of your thoughts. Next you must accept that you are not your thoughts. Your thoughts are a small part of who you are. But they play a huge role in determining the kind of person you become.
Here’s what’s next…
You have to get a real and honest appraisal of the slant of most of your thoughts. You must avoid denial and get an accurate picture of the kind of thoughts you have. Even if you discover that 99% of your thoughts are negative – that is still a positive step. Because then you know what to work on.
So start there. Take today and study your thoughts at every opportunity. We’ll pick up this subject in the post on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend!