5 Simple ways to control your negative inner chatter

1. Work on your mindset everyday!

One of my favorite books, “Think and Grow Rich” describes the subconscious mind as ‘a fertile garden spot, in which weeds will grow in abundance, if the seeds of more desirable crops are not sown therein’. You need to fill your mind with positive thoughts about yourself, your goals and the possibilities abound. And it has to become a daily routine, just like exercise. To keep your body in shape you need to have a regular exercise routine, the mind is no different. Here are some suggestions to keep your mind conditioned and create a winning mindset:

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a. Create a mind movie and watch it every day. At the very least, create a PowerPoint slide with pictures or images of your goals. More advanced programs like Windows Movie Maker or online programs like Flash Slideshow Maker can also be used. The idea is to have your goals in front of you and top of mind everyday like a vision board or scrapbook.

b. Read self-help or personal development books or magazines. Some of my favorites are Think and Grow Rich, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Develop a collection of these kinds of books and read and reread them often.

c. Read personal development blogs or websites Try to be organized and selective about this in the interest of time. The idea is to subscribe to a handful of blogs, weekly newsletters and read the updates. Its easy to get lost in the myriad of information out there on this subject.

2. Affirmationsabund-dance

Use affirmations to reaffirm specific goals you are working towards or to affirm qualities of the person you want to become or to affirm a new way of thinking. Some examples:

a. I am so happy and grateful now that I drive a Land Rover Discovery, my dream car

b. I am a goal-setting, smart working self-starter who is a disciplined and persistent positive thinker

c. When God closes one door, he always opens another

A few things to note about affirmations:
• Always use affirmations in the present tense,
• Say affirmations with feeling and emotion behind it
• Use affirmations in the affirmative i.e. Say, ‘I am financially independent’ is better than saying, ‘I am not in debt’

3. Gratitudegratitude8

Be grateful for what you have no matter how bad things get. Things can always be much worse. Once there is life, there is hope, be grateful for that! As soon as you catch yourself starting to think negative, disempowering thoughts, switch to thoughts of gratitude even for the little things. Say it out loud if you have to. List them one by one and see how far you can go. A great exercise which I first heard on Oprah and then on ‘The Secret’ is to keep a gratitude journal. Write down at least 3 things that you are grateful for every night. If it was a particularly bad day, make it 10 things. Or do a gratitude brainstorm, set a time and see how many things you can write down in the allotted time. Until you can be truly grateful for the things you have in your life right now, you will not be ready to receive what you hope and wish for.

4. How can it go right? bealright

Instead of thinking of all the ways that something could go wrong, think of all the ways that it could go right. Whether you are working on a new business idea, a career change or any worthwhile venture. When you make yourself think of all the ways that things could go right, you open up yourself to new ideas.

5. Visualizationvisualization

Use your imagination and let your mind soar! Visualize your most desired outcome. Rehearse it in your mind. Picture yourself making that sale, closing on your dream home, doubling your income or whatever your goal or burning desire. You can do it. This is a powerful exercise and should be done daily. With preparation and visualization, you can attract to yourself whatever you want and watch it come through in your life.

So how do you plan to control your negative inner chatter? Or do you have an idea that I have not included here? I would love to hear from you.

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Comments

  1. I really like number four, maybe because it’s the easiest one to do. Nevertheless, Visualization should not be overlooked. These are all beneficial; i appreciate them all. Thanks.

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