Wisdom from Dr. Walter Jacobson

We are our own worst enemy when we indulge in negative thinking. A major problem in this regard is that, for the most part, we’re so used to our negative thinking that we aren’t even aware when we’re doing it. Consequently, we need to listen closely to the content of our thoughts.

When we recognize negative, catastrophic thoughts about our future, we need to stop them and counter them with alternative messages that are positive and optimistic, based on truth, not fear.

To be sure: Just because things haven’t worked out in the past doesn’t mean they never will. Just because we’ve been rejected in the past doesn’t mean that is our eternal fate. Just because we’ve been plagued with failure doesn’t mean that is the way it will always be.

Truth be told: We are masters of our fate who have allowed our negativity to victimize and define us.

On an unconscious level, our negativity is a defense mechanism, a protective device such that if something bad should happen, we won’t be blindsided and devastated by it. By anticipating failure, we think we are softening the blow of failure should it occur.

Unfortunately, this is not a good plan….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Dr. Walter is a psychiatrist, a speaker and the author of Forgive To Win!

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33 comments

Debbie Williamson

Thank you.

Ro H.
Ro H.3 years ago

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Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Thanks.

John L.
John Landau3 years ago

Endeavor to trust God. Put your designs on Him so that your will is completely aligned with His holy will for your life. Can we do this? If we but love, this will come effortlessly. Eternal Love will reward our feeble attempts thereby causing positive flowing energy throughout our whole being. When we feel loved to the vey great depths of our souls, all negativity is banished, relinquished, annihilated.

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush3 years ago

There is no doubt in my mind, that when we continually indulge in 'negative thinking', the unfavorable vibes affect our physical health. I have experienced these counterproductive consequences in some of my family members, as well as myself.
Sometimes, the need for self-pity overrides our intellectual reasoning.
We do have power over our thoughts, and I'm not implying it is always an easy task; however, this is the time for rational reflection on the future outcome.
All too often, we have, only, ourselves to blame.

rene davis
irene davis3 years ago

Thanks

Anne Moran
Anne Moran3 years ago

I RATHER '' INDULGE '' IN A NICE LONG NAP, OR IN A DELICIOUSLY DECADENT DESERT, OR IN A LONG LINGERING MASSAGE.... LATER FOR INDULGING IN '' NEGATIVE THOUGHTS''... LIFE'S TOO SHORT..

Jennifer C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks.

Linda Wallace
Linda W.3 years ago

Very helpful. Thank you.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks.