There’s a lot going on in that head of yours and unfortunately, most of it isn’t good.
Research tells us that we have 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day and 80% of them are negative.
Think of it this way: If you were awake for 24 hours straight, you’d spend 96.2% of your time consumed by doubt, criticism, frustration and disappointment and the remaining 4.8% engaging in kind, motivating and happy thoughts.
And here’s something you probably didn’t know: Studies indicate that about 98% of your thoughts are the same ones you had yesterday.
It’s almost as if you’re replaying the same bad movie over and over expecting a different ending.
Is that the way you want to live?
The good news is that with some effort, you can get rid of a lot of your negative clutter and make space for more powerful and proactive thoughts that will keep you inspired and confident.
Use these 3 simple steps to declutter your mind, stop sabotaging your progress and start thinking more positively:
1. Take inventory.
I spent a good chunk of time last week organizing my walk-in closet. I couldn’t believe the amount of stuff I found hidden on shelves and tucked away in boxes and bags that I wasn’t using or didn’t even know I had. I separated the items into two piles and took inventory of everything.
You can do the same thing with your thoughts. When you wake up in the morning – what’s the first thought that pop’s into your head? Are your thoughts encouraging and helpful – or are they negative and critical? Write it down and then move to step #2.
2. Let go of the things that aren’t working for you anymore.
If you care about your health and well-being it’s important you take time to figure out what’s not working and get rid of it. It’s one of the bravest things you can do for yourself.
Let go of the stories you tell yourself that are holding you back, the negative self-talk that creates fear, the past grudges that make you angry and upset so you can make room for more positive and productive thinking.
3. Challenge yourself.
When you get out of your comfort zone — the space where routines and patterns minimize your stress and risk — it changes the way you view yourself and the rest of the world.
The brain actually structures and restructures itself in response to your experiences. When you challenge yourself it makes you more productive and helps you deal with new and unexpected changes more quickly. It opens your mind and helps you think more positively.
NOW IT”S YOUR TURN!
If you could eliminate one negative thought forever — what would it be? What positive thought would you replace it with?
I’d love for you to share your comments in the box below. Let’s get a dialogue going to help each other overcome barriers and think more positively.
Please remember, a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by BELIEVING in yourself and taking small steps every-day in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!