I recently read an article on a research study co-authored by Richard Petty, professor of
psychology at Ohio State University.
In this study he found that when people wrote down their negative thoughts on a piece of paper and then physical threw them away, they mentally discarded the thoughts as well.
If the person actually wrote down the thought and then put it into their pocket they were more likely to use those thoughts in future situations.
"However you tag your thoughts, as trash or as worthy of protection, seems to make a difference in how you use those thoughts", said Richard.
They study also stated that you can't just imagine unwanted thoughts being thrown away. You actually have to physically do it and you can magnify your thoughts, and make them more important to you, by keeping them with you in your wallet or purse.
I don't know about you, but I find that some of my negative thoughts are on an endless loop in my head. The thought comes in and sometimes I can dispel it but often I start to attach to the thought. I feel bad about myself or hopeless about a situation or envious or helpless.
DID YOU KNOW: RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT
WE HAVE AN AVERAGE OF 70,000 THOUGHTS PER DAY
My thoughts are committing crimes against me. I need to police these thoughts. I need to protect and serve myself better by changing my thoughts.
So, I am on a mission to trash all negative thoughts and protect all my positive thoughts.
I hope you will join me.
1. Have a small notebook or pieces of paper with you at all times.
2. Whenever you one of your persistent negative thoughts write it down on a sheet of paper. (With 70,000 thoughts filling your mind you will need to pick one or two that are persistent for the purposes of this exercise)
My Example: I will never make enough money to stop recruiting and be a life coach full time.
Tip #1: If your sentence starts with I'll never, I should, I shouldn't, they should, they shouldn't etc. get ready because a negative thought is probably on its way.
Tip #2: If you feel your body contracting or throat closing or stomach tightening you are probably in worry, doubt, shame or guilt. All stemming from negative thoughts. Get rid of them.
3. Now rip up the paper and throw it away.
4. Next, write down a positive statement that is the opposite of the negative one and put that in an envelope. (I have glued a few positive statements to the front of my envelope and will add more to the envelope as the month goes along).
5. Carry this envelope with you wherever you go this month. This is how you will be protecting your positive thoughts.
My Mission will be accomplished if we protect our positive thoughts and let the protecting of these positive thoughts serve us in having a more positive outlook and more positive experiences both with ourselves, our work and all we come in contact with.