Almost everyone experiences an occasional negative thought. In fact, a negative thought probably crosses your mind more often than you realize. It is said that the average person’s brain has some 60,000 thoughts per day. Maybe more. And, unfortunately, many of these thoughts are negative.
Negativity drags you down
Think for a moment about the last time you had a negative thought. Call to mind what happened to you when you re-visited this negative thought. How did it make you feel? For me, negativity drags me down. It makes me feel heavy. It drains my energy. And, regrettably, that feeling is contagious. So infectious, that it has the capability of spreading like a wildfire catching on to dry, brittle grassland.
Junk food fix
How do we deal with this overwhelming barrage of negative thoughts? The first step is to acknowledge that they exist. Begin to notice. Catch yourself in the act of a negative thought. Notice that negative notion, just as you would notice your desire to reach for an unhealthy snack. Negative thoughts are much like a junk food fix. Splurging just kind of happens¾and then later you may feel disappointed or even sick from eating something not very good for you. Just as an unfavorable food can create a stomachache, a negative thought can makes us feel equally unsettled.
Treadmill of pessimism
Unfortunately, one downtrodden thought can feed the next, keeping us on a non-stop treadmill of pessimism. These unwanted thoughts seem to turn up like an unexpected guest, and tend to linger on. Sometimes getting caught up in a negative mood feels almost easier. If a lazy, glazed-over kind of trance is keeping you fixed in a space of gloom and doom¾then muster up the energy to say, “enough is enough, it's time to move on.”
Freedom in choice
How do you move forward? Realize that YOU have a choice. No matter what your life circumstances may currently be¾you are the only person who chooses your own thoughts. Even prisoners are free to choose their own thoughts, so that they can feel peace and happiness under any condition. You are free to choose another thought.