Do you often find yourself thinking negative thoughts? Do you sometimes think that you might fail or that bad things might happen to you?
Sometimes, even when everything is good and fine, people wait for things to get bad. They believe that the good will not to stay for long. If you cannot stop these negative thoughts they will affect your whole life.
If you always see in your mind trouble, difficulties, and things going wrong, you will always feel stressed and unhappy. You probably now ask, “How can I stop my negative thoughts? Is there a way to stop expecting the worst to happen?”
Yes, there is. No one needs negative thoughts, and I am sure you would like to stop them.
How to Stop Negative Thoughts
Thinking that the worst is going to happen, expecting failure and disaster, and seeing the disadvantages instead of the advantages, ensures that you stay passive and do not try new things. When bad things happen, you do not get disappointed, because you already expected them.
Negative thinking and a negative attitude make life difficult and unhappy.
You need to change your mindset and teach your mind to think positive thoughts instead. There are various ways to accomplish this goal, such as hypnosis or a psychological treatment. However, I want to focus on one simple, but very effective technique that does not require hypnosis of professional help.
To make this technique work, you will need to invest some effort and time in it, but the rewards are great. I call this technique, “the thoughts replacement technique”.
It is a simple technique for substituting negative thoughts with positive thoughts, but you need to repeat it often if you want results.
The Thoughts Replacement Technique
Whenever you become aware that you are thinking negative thoughts, immediately replace them with positive thoughts. For example:
1. When you think of failure, start thinking of success.
2. When you think of problems, immediately think about solutions.
2. When you expect something bad to happen, replace this thought with the thought that something good is going to happen.
There will be inner resistance and lack of belief, and you might even forget to replace your negative thoughts. However, you need to continue, and practice this technique over and again, until this way of thinking becomes natural and easy.
If you continue with this technique, it will eventually become a habit, and you would automatically replace your negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
At times, your negative thoughts might be too strong and overwhelming, and you would want to give up and stop using this technique. At these times, you will need to remind yourself of the benefits of stopping your negative thoughts, read about positive thinking, and keep reminding yourself to continue, despite the lack of motivation.
After practicing the thoughts replacement technique for a week or two, you will surely start to see results.
In my book, Visualize and Achieve Your Dreams, I have written at length about the thoughts replacement technique.
Two other techniques that can help you are visualization and affirmations. However, I don’t want overload you with additional techniques. As a beginner, it is better to focus on one technique, instead of spreading your energy and time on several ones.
I would like to suggest a few articles about negative thinking, which provide additional information and ways to stop it:
How to Avoid Negative Thinking and Thoughts
How to Stop Negative Thinking – 10 Tips
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