“4 Steps to Prosperity Thinking”
“I have been through some terrible things in my life,
some of which actually happened.”–Mark Twain
Improving our thoughts may seem to be a modern idea, but as Mark Twain’s quote indicates, the fact that we can make our own misery by what we dwell upon is an age-old concern.
Why We Should Care About Our Thoughts:
According to the Stress Confidential Helpline, scans on patients’ brains have indicated that the types of thoughts we have influence the balance of brain chemicals. So by learning to think more positively we can cause chemicals to be secreted that boost our psychological and physical health.
It’s well-documented that among the ill, those who remain hopeful and have a positive attitude tend to do better.
Also, when we focus on the worst aspects of a situation that has happened to us, we ensure that our experience of it will be the worst it could be. Fortunately, the reverse is true as well.
How Do We Change Our Thoughts?
Try this technique, which was inspired by Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks.
1. Become Aware of Your Thoughts
We have to know what we’re actually thinking in order to intervene. Sit in a comfortable position and focus on your breath as it flows in and out. As thoughts arise, notice them, and then return your attention to your breathing. Do this for 15-20 minutes once or twice a day. It may sound simple, but awareness, purely by itself, effects subtle changes that grow.
2. Acknowledge Your Feelings
When you find yourself thinking something unhelpful, perhaps imagining not getting enough clients and having to get a J-O-B, acknowledge your fear and worry. Even if you’re magnifying the problem, your fears are likely based on actual possibilities or events. They deserve your respect.
3. Soothe Yourself and Imagine Something Better
Once you acknowledge your feelings, they may shift on their own, but in any case, say something soothing to yourself while reaching for a better thought or scenario that you actually believe. If you don’t really believe it, you won’t create a genuine impact. For instance, you might recall your healthy savings account and remind yourself, “I’ll be fine for six months. Financial experts say that’s a good enough cushion.” Or “my friend just hosted a teleclass and got a bunch of new clients, and if she can do it, I can do it.” Notice the relief you now feel.
4. Keep Going
Now escalate your better-feeling thoughts by reaching for an even better positive thought. Maybe this short term challenge is just the fire you need under your butt to catapult you to a whole new level of success!
In a short amount of time, your fear has transformed into hopeful excitement. When you practice this technique, you demonstrate to yourself that regardless of what happens in your life, you’ll be able to thrive.
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