5 Steps To Turn Your Negative Thinking Into Positive

How To Make Your Thoughts More Positive

Many people go through their lives without understanding why they make the same mistakes, follow the same patterns, and live in the same ruts. They aren't happy with their present situation, but they seem to be unable to make any lasting changes. Are you one of these people? You've probably attended seminars, read books, and taken courses but have, in the end, fallen back into the same dysfunctional patterns you've always followed! Why does it always turn out this way?

We struggle to make permanent changes in our lives because we input information only into our conscious minds. Here's the problem - your conscious mind is not what directs your behavior and belief system. To change your ways, you must first reprogram the hard-wired center of your mind: the subconscious mind. The detailed steps to turning your negative thinking into positive are outlined below.

1 Understand Your Subconscious Mind

The subconscious is the largest part of our mind. It contains all the messages that we've received throughout our lives. It holds millions and millions of thoughts grouped into clusters that form beliefs, mindsets, and character traits. The relationship between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind is like an iceberg. The conscious mind is represented by the visible tip of the iceberg, while the subconscious is represented by the large lower portion of the iceberg hidden from view.

You can't see the subconscious in action, but it certainly has a major impact on the voyage that you take in your life, and the subconscious is the place where all of your learned behaviors reside. Once you learn to walk, you don't need to consider how to lift and place each foot to take the next step, do you? Of course not! Your subconscious mind automatically controls your steps, and it learns behavior through repetition and practice; just as it learned to control your footsteps when you learned to walk, it also controls your steps in your life's journey based on what you've reinforced throughout your life. The good news is that you can reprogram your subconscious mind by inputting and reinforcing new thoughts and actions!

2 Make Use Of Affirmations

Affirmations work to change your subconscious mind. Using positive, personal, present tense statements override the embedded negative thinking. By repeating these positive thoughts, you can create new pathways in your subconscious.

This, in turn, gives it new attitudes. Then, your subconscious causes you to act in new ways that agree with these new attitudes. For example, repeating "I choose healthy foods at each meal" can change your mindset about what you eat and why!

3 Stimulate Your Mind By Visualization

Visualization is the act of creating detailed mental pictures that depict the desired outcome. So you can see success for yourself. These images stimulate the subconscious into accepting them as reality, which then directs behavior accordingly. Top athletes around the world use this technique during game time.

4 Employ Hypnotic Methods

Some types of therapy work well with the subconscious mind. This includes hypnosis. Hypnosis works by easing you into a state of extreme relaxation.

Once you're in this state, the conscious mind releases its grip. The subconscious mind is easier to access. While under hypnosis, it's much easier to reprogram the subconscious mind into accepting new thoughts as reality.

5 Use Subliminal Audios

You can use subliminal audios while you sleep. The conscious mind listens to music or someone speaking on one level, but the subconscious mind hears another layer of information recorded underneath the audible portion. When awake, the conscious mind is distracted by the audible portion of the audio, making it harder to tap into the subconscious mind.

Using techniques like these can help you reprogram your subconscious mind. These also remove the burden of the negative thoughts buried there. Imagine the freedom of living your life without the automatic dysfunctional behaviors that you've had driving you for years!

When you transform your negative outlook into a positive one, you can accomplish so much more. In doing so, your mind will be released from negative programming. This allows you to excel and succeed throughout your life.

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Jackie Wing

Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."