Practice Positive Thinking: Guard Your Thoughts Part 1

The thoughts you have and entertain are a direct reflection of what will happen in your life.  If you are making changes in your life, changing your thoughts is a critical place to start and consistently monitor.

Today I want to share some ideas on transforming your thoughts from Debbie Friedman’s Cleaning Out the Closet of Your Mind Program.  Every Monday for the next few weeks I am posting about the power of your thoughts and will provide you with tips on how to transform this powerful instrument.

This week let’s take a look at the role of the subconscious and how we can assign it to serve us better.

Your subconscious mind only hears positives.  In previous posts I wrote about the importance of word selection on directing the subconscious, again I want to touch on words.  Since your subconscious only hears the positive, ensure the words you use are in the positive nature.  For example, instead of stating “I will not drink coffee today”.  State what you will drink or do instead, otherwise your mind is going to seek out coffee opportunities all day, because it heard “I will drink coffee today”.  Now unless you want coffee, reset your subconscious mind now…”I will drink 8 refreshing glasses of water today.”

Your subconscious mind wants to protect you.  Your subconscious is here to serve you and protect you.  So assign to it a task you desire to complete.  For example, instead of “losing weight” (this will send your subconscious on a search for those lost pounds) tell your subconscious that you are “releasing excess weight”.

Your subconscious mind is literal.  Do you make negative comments about “how _________ you are”?  Comments about feelings or traits that you would like to release, such as your disorganization, tardiness, or feeling stupid.  In order to release the negative in your life you need to release them in your thoughts about yourself.    Turn those statements around into the positive you want in your life.

Use strong words to transform your subconscious.  As a writer I often review my writing to ensure the words I use translate the information I am presenting in the most appropriate manner.  You can do this with your thoughts as well.  Choose powerful words that motivate and inspire you over words that discourage or simply fall flat for you.  In Debbie’s program she uses the example of “I can”, good phrase although weak and could be doubted.  “I choose” is stronger and demonstrates more self power.  “I am” is an accomplished individual, use “I am” even if you have not fully achieved your “I am”.  Your subconscious will believe you are and seek the evidence and opportunities to make it so.

Thoughts are not true or false.  Thoughts are only thoughts, it is what we do with them on the conscious and subconscious level that translates them into realities or not.  As you are making changes in your life you are bound to encounter a few negative thoughts or self doubts.  That is natural.  Transforming those thoughts into the positive thoughts that lead to positive changes is the most critical activity that leads to the change you seek.

Now it’s your turn…in future posts on this topic I am going to share with you techniques for replacing the negative self-defeating thoughts with positive empowering thoughts.  For now, become aware of your thoughts and your self talk and start changing those into positive statements.

If you can not wait for next weeks post, check out Debbie’s program.  I am covering a tiny section of her information.


About Jodi Rosenberg

I am a life coach, corporate project manager, and generally happy person who has chosen to express myself through the written word with the intent of making life better for all of us.
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One Response to Practice Positive Thinking: Guard Your Thoughts Part 1

  1. Jackie Paulson Author says:

    What a great idea and to help stay positive. I need to find out my Passion so the next post will be very helpful. Thanks for such a wonderful thought provoking article for me to ponder this weekend.

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