Your thoughts are related directly to your former experiences, all the way back to your childhood. Thoughts are not always new and many are repeated over and over again. Negative thoughts can hold you back in life. They become part of a series of self-limitations that make you falter through life and unless you can learn to master them, you will always be at their mercy.
Your thoughts are powerful. They serve to drive your actions in life and equate to how you live your life. It makes sense to have positive thoughts. You may not realize it but you have many thoughts a day, thousands in fact and most, do not occur on a conscious level. It’s hard to still your mind and put a stop to the endless chatter and to think purely in a positive way, but there is a lot that can be done to control them in time. Utilizing meditation or making use of positive affirmations can help you to re-gain control.
For most people negative thoughts form a large part of their daily thought pattern and can make you feel less than adequate, detract from your personal and professional careers and even restrict your ability to communicate well. Your thoughts are so powerful that they can make you feel ill and taint your perception in life. If you can start to realize the type of thoughts you are having, you will see they are peppered with negativity and often without you even realizing. Thoughts are so powerful they can be harmful and malicious at times, unless you can learn to think positive and banish negative thoughts you will always be held back.
Professional life coach Evelyn Olivares states that; “if you can harness the power of your mind, you can attain levels of success that you did not know were possible.” She is right. This is a subject that has been researched numerous times, positivity helps you to strive forward, it helps people to overcome obstacles more readily and it enables you to have greater self-confidence and conviction. If you can leave this habitual stream of negativity behind you, you can escape from anxieties, insecurities and instead, live a life filled with positive experiences.
While we often think of our bodies and minds as two distinct entities, it turns out they are much more entwined than we might assume. Researchers are continually finding evidence that the brain has a distinct power to manipulate the body’s physiology.
For example, in 1989, Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University conducted a study on 86 women with late stage breast cancer. Half of those women received standard medical care while the other half were given weekly support sessions in addition to the standard medical care. During the sessions the women shared their feelings, talked with other patients and generally had a positive outlet where they could cope with their illness. At the end of the study, the women in the support group lived twice as long as those not in the group. In 1999, a similar study found that cancer patients who have feelings of helplessness and hopelessness have a lower chance of survival.[i]
Your emotional state will be affected in a positive or negative way. So the choice is yours whether you learn to harness those negative thoughts and self-correct and learn to adopt a more positive way of thinking.
The old adage, “mind over matter” is true. Take charge of your thoughts and see and feel the difference in a matter of only a few days. Your first step towards changing your life is to become aware of your thoughts, which today is referred to as “mindfulness”. By becoming aware of how you think AND react you may see a substantial difference. You ARE your thoughts, so let them be powerfully positive ones.[ii]