The mind is thinking thoughts the majority of the time. Have you ever just taken some time to observe the kinds of thoughts you think? Become the observer of your thoughts? If not, you’ll certainly benefit from assessing the kind of mindset you have, because if you find out that you predominantly think negative thoughts, you’ll have the opportunity to change them.
See, when you think negative thoughts a lot, those thoughts affect your emotions. Then, your emotions affect your behavior. Let’s take a look at an example. Take a look at the following negative thoughts:
• I’m no good.
• I fail at everything I try.
• Why do I have to be such a loser?
• I’m not smart.
• No one likes me.
• I always struggle.
These types of thoughts can affect your emotions, especially if you think them the majority of the time. I mean, it’s normal to think such thoughts once in a while, but to dwell on them or live among them can really affect your life in a negative way.
If you are thinking negative thoughts a lot, most likely you are dealing with negative emotions like sadness, depression, apathy, anxiety, fear, and more.
You may even feel quite hopeless at times. The way you think affects your emotions and your emotions affect your behavior. For example, if you think negatively often, you’ll feel sad often, and that will affect your behavior. You may feel tired a lot and not have any gumption to get out of the house. You may not be able to have a relationship because you are sad all the time. You may not be able to go to work regularly due to anxiety or depression. All of these behaviors ultimately stem from your thought life.
How to change your thoughts
Now that you know how your thoughts affect your emotions and behavior, it’s a must that you learn how to change your thoughts from negative to positive. This takes discipline and practice. It is possible to change the way you think, but it does take time and a commitment. Start with observing your thoughts and write down the negative thoughts you tend to think a lot.
Then, take those negative thoughts and write some positive affirmations concerning them. Then, speak those positive affirmations as often as you can. For example, if you tend to think the thought, “I’m not good enough to get what I want”, then write this affirmation:
“I am worthy to have what I desire.”
Then, say that out loud as many times as you can per day. Do this for other negative thoughts too, so that you are countering such thoughts with positive ones. Over time, your thoughts will begin to change and you’ll begin to notice that you catch yourself right when you think a negative thought and change it right then and there.
It’s actually very exciting to know that you can change your thought life, which can change your emotions and behavior. Take some time today to gauge your thought life. What kinds of thoughts are you thinking? Write them down and create your positive affirmation list and recite that list daily.
You are worth it!