Affirmative Thinking

February 10, 2009

I love blogging!

This is such a great outlet to be able to share the things that are substantially nourishing me at the moment. Although, I must say, the challenge for me with blogging is that the entry turns out to be somewhat different than I expected it to be. While relevant, I had no idea that a coffee experiment would be at the center of my last entry, just like I didn’t know that I’d switch gears to talk about affirmative thinking today. They play into each other though, as they weave with many threads that lead to high forms of healthy living.

Really, I should have know that I’d want to talk about Affirmative Thinking today, for I had sceduled a Teleconference on the topic for last night. Well, the call was a great success. I covered different techniques to help cultivate the mind. By cultivating the mind I mean becoming aware of negative thought patterns and replacing them with affirmative thoughts. These techniques are powerful and can help tip the scales leading to more productivity and success for thoes who use them regularly.

So without further ado, I’d like to share some of these techniques:

1) Cut It Off – With this technique, the instance you recognize that you’re having a negative thought – you cut it off and insert a totally different thought into your mind. You don’t argue with it, you don’t analyze it, you don’t defend yourself against it – you just immediately cut it off and insert a new thought. The key is to do it the instance you recognize it. Try it.

2) Observe the Negative – You observe the fact that you had a negative thought and you label it. Ask yourself, what is happening within me. But don’t get caught up in it. The fact is that negatives only have power over you when you react to them. Once you know this, you are 75% on the way to eliminating negative thoughts. If you fail to react to the negative thought, then it has no power. Negative thoughts get their power from you. When they come, calmly remind yourself it’s just a thought.

3) Exaggeration – Whatever the negative thought is, you exaggerate it into ridiculousness. You rephrase it to the extreme that you realize it is ust a silly thought. By making it ridiculous, you take its power away. This technique can be lots of fun as you move forward with the to outrageousness.

4) Counteract the Negative with the Exact Opposite – Whatever your negative thought is, insert the exact opposite thought to balance it out. For example, if you think you’re NOT going to do something you want to do, immediately after you have that thought, deliberately think the thought that you ARE going to do it.

This is where to start if you notice negative thoughts creeping into your head.

From here you can move onto other methods like Affirmations, Acknowledgments, Seeding   and Visualization.  If you want to learn more about these pracitces, you can download the Teleconference recording on this site for a small fee. (just go to the Purchase page and follow the instructions when you click the Buy Now button).   There will also be more in the series of my monthly free Teleconferences. Hopefully this will get you started on having continued great thoughts about all that you are accomplishing.

Remember your mind is a garden.Your Garden. You need to tend to it. This is how

2 Responses to “Affirmative Thinking”

  1. Hi James!

    This is such a great blog entry! It is great how you defined simple and effective ways to think more positively. It is so easy to say “be positive” but rarely does anyone get practical and useful tips on how to do that simply and easily. I love how your suggestions are ready to be put into place immediately. Very helpful!

    You mentioned that you have a website–what is the address so that we can go and check it out?

    Happy ‘gardening’,

    Brandy S. (from Immersion)

  2. jamesgovernale said

    Hey Brandy,

    Thanks so much for the comment. I hear what you are saying, I used to think the same thing: “Be positive” is a great attitude, but what are the skills we need when we’re feeling, um, less than positive 🙂

    Funny that you ask about the website, I was refering to this website 🙂 I chose a scaled down format for the site, but it seems you’re not the first person to overlook that there are other pages on here. If you look at the header there are other pages to view my services, media, events and purchases.

    Glad you’re interseted in checking them out!

    Best, James

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