Monitor Your Negative Thought Patterns.
“When you plant a seed of thought, and then water that thought, it gives it power. It begins to grow, and the thought can become your reality.”
I think this really highlights how powerful the mind is.
It’s very easy to get caught up in the thinking mind, and be taken down a thought path that creates your own reality. Ram and I refer this as ‘creating your own movie.’
When you’re stuck on a continuous path of negative thinking, it can lead to feeling anxiety, stress, depression, and a general feeling of unhappiness.
The results in a poll of 2,000 adults showed that 37% believed that negative thinking hindered their progress to achieve their goals. And they allow their thoughts to be their own worst enemy. Sound familiar?
Identify Your Self-Talk Triggers.
I really found the statistics in the survey about ‘negative self-talk’ quite disturbing; 34% of respondents felt they were letting themselves down, “I’m not good enough.” And 32% of respondents were worrying about disappointing others.
Self-talk has a powerful influence on how you view and interact within your environment. The thing is, you may not be aware that you’re talking negatively to yourself because it often happens on a subconscious level. A lot of self-judgement is inherent from previous learned experiences and trauma from our childhood. Passed from our parents, the interactions with teachers, friends, colleagues and all the stimulus we see and hear around us.
Through meditation and other yogic practices I’ve spent a lot of time digging to understand my triggers, looking at how I speak to myself, and my self-sacrificing behaviours. This inner enquiry has brought a lot of things up for me. But I found real benefit in talking to a professional psychologist to help me understand where a lot of these deep-rooted triggers came from. I’d like to say you can free yourself from negative thinking and self-talk, for me it’s a work in progress.
Next time you hear your inner critic rising…
Take a breath. Look at the ‘movie’ you are telling yourself and ask;
What is this about?
Why do I feel this?
Where does this come from?
Is it serving me?
Focus on the positives about yourself. Say thank you and accept gratitude when someone pays you a complement or shows appreciation towards you. Treat yourself with the love, kindness, and the compassion you would give to others.