Success in Life and Daily Living

How Can You Train Your Mind to Think Positively? Part 3

Author: Curtis George Norton Jr.
July 23, 2019

Interrupt the Negative

When you pay attention to what’s on your mind, make a determination:

Is this thought supporting my goals and the overall attitude I want,
or is this thought hindering me?
If your thought is negative and you don’t want it to control your mind, interrupt it. It takes a bit of practice, but you’ll get it. In the beginning you’ll find your mind wandering back to the negativity, but gently and persistently interrupt that thought.

Redirect and Reframe
Now that you’ve taken the negative thought and isolated it, it’s time to redirect and reframe. Turn this thought into something positive, no matter how difficult or mundane it may seem. From the simplest to the most complex, turn it around and force your mind to think about something positive in direct relation to this thought.
For instance, you’re in line at the grocery store waiting for your turn to check out. Your mind starts wandering because you’re idle. You start thinking about a fight you had with your partner last night, and it didn’t end well. Your body responds and starts to tense up and your pulse increase.
Now you are feeling upset and inpatient, and without realizing it you snap at the lady working the register because she’s not moving fast enough.
You’ve given so much power to the negative thought! It has complete control and swallowed up any chance you had at being happy today. Now you feel defeated and like your entire day will be downhill from here on out.
Now try the same scenario this way:
Acknowledge the thought: Yes, there was an argument and I don’t like how it ended.
Interrupt: Stop! I’m not going to allow this negativity to have power over my day.
Redirect/Reframe:I can’t fix this right now, but I’ll be more compassionate when I get home and try to listen better. We will have a great night!
You can do this with virtually any negative situation and find the good. Feeling the anger is easy. Put more effort into ways to fix the situation thus removing the power from negativity and replacing it with positivity. Again, it takes some
practice but it will soon become second nature and you’ll be able to replace negativity with positivity without even trying!

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