As soon as we are born, our brain cells begin to make important connections. As we grow older, these connections form the basis of how we think. It sounds simple, but after years of developing certain thought patterns, we are often no longer in control of our subconscious mind; many of the connections in the brain have already been established. Imagine how years of negative thought patterns can influence your behavior and therefore have a profound impact on your life. Even our parents can deeply affect the way we think and feel from an early age. Fortunately, we can change how we feel with positive thinking.
You are not alone if you fear rejection or failure; most people question their worth or potential at certain times. But if you continue to believe you are limited, your self-esteem will remain low, and you will have a pessimistic view of the world. It is important to confront your subconscious thoughts or you will revert to your negative core beliefs time after time. Like a security blanket, you will cling onto your old thought patterns.
With positive thinking, you can begin to regard these negative thoughts as controlling and restricting. Your thoughts can change your world. Recognizing this fact is the first step toward freedom. With continual effort the negative subconscious thoughts will wither and hopefully disappear. So how do you encourage positive thinking and banish negativity? The following four-step technique will help you on your journey of positive thinking.
Always be prepared for a negative thought to appear. When it does, congratulate yourself for recognizing it and move on to stage two. For example, you might think, “I am never going to fit into these jeans again.” Recognize the thought and say to yourself, “Well done for spotting that negative thought.”
Change your physical environment by distancing yourself from whatever triggered the thought. In the example, put the jeans back into the closet and do something different, even if it means leaving the room.
Generate positive thinking by turning the negative thought into a positive one. In the example, you would then think, “I will fit into those jeans again. Maybe not today, but soon.”
Imagine yourself actually fulfilling the positive thought. Either say it out loud or internally, but imagine it is actually happening. In the example, you would say, “Look at me easily pulling on those jeans. They fit really well! I look great!”
After completing these four steps, carry on with your life. Continue this process of positive thinking whenever a negative thought enters your head. Just remember these four words: recognize, relocate, rethink, and restate. In your everyday life, remain focused on employing this technique. With regular practice, your subconscious mind will be more attuned to positive thinking and your self-esteem should flourish. You will be able to face life’s challenges with more confidence, see your world in a more positive light, and value your real potential.
This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.