- Catch those thoughts
Tip 1: Catch those thoughts:
The average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before. The National Science Foundation published an article regarding this research in 2005.
I love this quote, “The mind is a powerful source. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the power wisely.”
Louise Hay said, “I don’t fix problems, I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.”
It can be as simple as catching your thoughts,
1st purchase two little notebooks. I like to get a black one for negative and a colorful one for the positive thoughts. I keep them in my purse so anywhere I am, I can jot down my thoughts. Keep these private, as you don’t want someone picking it up and reading your negative thoughts.
Throughout the day as you have negative thoughts, write them down in the black notebook.
At the end of the day, take out your colored notebook and write an affirmation that is opposite the negative belief. You can write an opposite statement or write it in the form of a question. See example below.
Tip 2: Affirmations
Affirmations are a powerful way to cleanse our minds of negative thoughts. I know that it can be hard to believe that you are beautiful when you have told yourself that you are ugly for so long, but Constant Nourishment is the key.
Claude Bristol stated, “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
One thing that I have found helpful with positive affirmations is to change them into the form of a question so that the subconscious mind doesn’t attack them as if they are not true.
For example, if you had the negative thought, “I look ugly today” the positive affirmation in Question Form would be, “Why do I look so amazing today?”
Reprogramming the mind with positive thoughts is like riding a bike, it takes a lot of practice. Don’t give up if negative thoughts creep in, just recognize them and change them immediately into something positive.
in Proverbs 23:7 “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he..”
Take time to work on your thoughts today!! You are worth it!! Click here to see some Great Daily Affirmations
Tip 3: Forgiveness
Emotions that can be released include resentment, anger, betrayal, grudge, etc.
Forgiveness is about taking our power back. Holding a grudge is as if we are handing the person, we are holding a grudge against a rope. I see it as if that person has that rope a rope tied around our neck and it is holding us back from moving forward and it is keeping a lot of emotions held captive. Forgiveness is literally like taking the rope off and choosing to let go of the hurt and anguish and take your power back.
- Write down a list of all the people that you need to forgive. Really give this some thought and let your mind go clear back in your childhood to as far as you can remember. Don’t be surprised if some people come up on the list more than once. This list could get pretty long if it is your first time.
- Start with the person first on the list, there is a reason that your mind expressed them in that order.
- Go to a quiet place, preferably not in your home, where you can be alone. I took a drive up the mountain and just parked off the side of the road with a pretty view. Invite that person (in spirit) to come and sit in the chair next to you.
- Finish the Conversation- What this looks like is telling that person everything that is on your heart, all the hurt, the betrayal, the jerk they are, whatever, finish everything that you would have liked to have said to them, but of course would never do in person. Our spirits are a lot more resilient and willing to hear the “HARD STUFF”. Nothing is more freeing than getting this all off your chest and in a sense, letting it go.
- Invite your higher power into the conversation, for me this is inviting God and Jesus Christ into the picture. I then ask the person for forgiveness for holding onto resentment and pain for so long and for not clearing this up sooner, I ask God to forgive me for holding onto this hurt for so long and Ask the Savior through his Atonement to help heal and resolve and release the pain and the hurt. I also forgive myself for holding onto this for so long. This is a great time to use the Ho’oponopono Mantrathis was made famous by Ihaleakala Hew Len. It is the famous 4-phrase mantra that goes like this:
“I am sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.”
I finish out the conversation with these words and then invite the person’s spirit to leave. the space before I invite the next person on my list to a conversation.
6. Take this at your own pace, you may feel like only doing one person on the list or 20, but there is no timetable for getting through the list. What I found as I completed my list though was unprecedented. I felt lighter, peaceful and had huge momentum going forward in my life, business and relationships. Good luck!! I believe in you!!
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Below is a list of articles on my website that reference some of these tips that I’ve outlined and links to affirmations: ENJOY!!