In my last post, I discussed some of the distractions and how the busyness in our lives leaves no time for us to clarify what we want to change. But it’s not just the chaos, is it? We all have that inner critic, limiting beliefs sabotaging our efforts to even start believing in ourselves. For anything to change, we must first believe – believe we are worthy, deserving, smart enough, good enough to live a more exceptional life!
So how do we stop these negative limiting thoughts? Well, there are several daily exercises that over a few weeks can control and greatly reduce those thoughts (created by our Ego) but in order for that to happen, you must replace them with positive thoughts.
“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” ― Peter F. Drucker
They say we have over 70,000 thoughts per day and most of them are exactly the same ones every day. So, if we don’t take action to change them, we can’t expect different outcomes or results. We will keep doing and making similar decisions on how we react, behave and feel what’s best for us. So, let’s get started!
Exercise: Set your alarm on your phone to remind you to sit for 10 minutes at least twice a day to sit quietly and ask yourself what were you saying to yourself negatively and add the word “yet” to the end. Example:
By doing this simple exercise a couple of times a day, you are doing one small step to developing “awareness” to your thoughts and taking action to change your thought patterns to work for you as opposed to against you. Secondly, when you feel you still have time to make these statements (examples listed above) happen by adding “yet”, it takes the pressure and negative feeling of “failing” away from them.
Do you see how simple it is to make a little time out of your day to be proactive in changing your thoughts to support you? There are many more simple suggestions like this one that can be added to this exercise but for now, simply start incorporating this one into your daily life and see how it keeps getting easier to be aware how you are thinking!
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