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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