The Effects Of Positive Thinking
Every conscious thought repeated over a period of time becomes a program. So what happens when you have consciously thought for a number of years that I am a failure? Without even pretending to, you have implemented an automatic program that will manage to ruin you without the slightest effort. When you’re aware of it, it’s time. But being positive one day a week doesn’t work. Strengthening the mind is a bit like body gymnastics. Discipline your mind every day of your life and you will see changes you could not imagine.
Our subconscious mind is a compilation of everything we think. And the most ordinary thoughts create the most ingrained subconscious behaviors.
To better understand how positive thinking works we need an image of our subconscious. Imagine your brain as if it were a large walnut divided into two halves, the upper and the lower. The upper half is the conscious mind, which contains your instantaneous thoughts. The lower half is the subconscious. In it reside the various innate programs you need to live, such as breathing and digestion, as well as other programs you have created, such as walking and talking.
Imagine now that you are learning to drive. Every time you approach a crossroads you start a conscious thought from the top of your brain: Lift your right foot, move it about twelve centimeters to the left, press the pedal gently and progressively. For several months you will have that conscious thought until the automatic program has been implemented, with which you brake without stopping to think about the necessary movements. That braking program was established in the lower half of your brain, the subconscious. You now have a new subconscious program.
This explains how the seasoned motorist, when he comes home after driving for five hours, doesn’t even remember what he has done. The subconscious did all the work. Every conscious thought repeated over a period of time becomes a program. So what happens when you have consciously thought for a number of years that I am a failure? Without even pretending to, you have implanted an automatic program. You will manage to ruin yourself without the slightest effort.
How does this fit in with positive thinking? Very easy. We have about 50,000 thoughts a day. Of these, for most of us almost all are negative: I’m fat. I’m losing memory. I don’t have money to pay my bills. Nothing I try works for me.
Since almost all of our thoughts have a negative sign, what kind of subconscious behavior is going to be established? A predominantly negative behavior. In this way we sabotage our life and our health, barely realizing that we are doing so. This is why many people wonder how they came to feel bad, when they themselves have created the automatic guidelines with their repeated thoughts. Just as we program ourselves to drive a car without thinking about it, we also program ourselves to arrive late everywhere. Then we blame providence.
But now comes the good news. Once you understand how subconscious work schemes, you realize that no one has to be a loser. Your future depends on your conscious thoughts. As you discipline your mind, new conscious thoughts create new subconscious programs. Just as you implement a subconscious guideline for effortless driving a car; it is also possible to develop a subconscious guideline that will lead you to success. But you need to think in a disciplined way and dedicate some time to it.
Being positive one day a week doesn’t work. Strengthening the mind is a bit like strengthening the body. If you do twenty push-ups and run to look in the mirror you won’t see any difference. Similarly, we will notice little difference after thinking positively for 24 hours. But discipline your mind for several days and you will see changes that are not known to gym regulars.
Cleaning our thoughts is an arduous, Herculean task. Above all, because it often happens that we are being negative and we don’t realize it. If you want to check your thinking, check your life. Your prosperity, your happiness, the quality of your relationships and even your health reflect your most habitual conscious thoughts.
Positive Thinking Strategies
In order to acquire the habit of thinking in a more positive way, we can follow the following steps:
Take the habit of writing down those situations of daily life that make us feel bad, asking us the following questions
What is the concrete situation that has made me feel bad? How have I felt?
Example: Yesterday was my birthday and my sister did not congratulate me. I felt sad, wanting to cry.
What conclusions have I drawn from this situation, what have I thought when this happened to me, what images, memories, etc. have crossed my mind? If I can’t answer this, I can also ask myself: What do I sense that I might have thought of this that made me feel bad, even if I’m not entirely sure? Or if the same thing had happened to someone else, what could he/she have thought? At first it may not be easy to answer this, but it is a matter of practice. As we strive to answer these questions, the answers will flow more and more smoothly.
Following the above example, it could be: I think that my sister doesn’t love me and that nobody takes me into account.
To ask ourselves
What mental mechanisms or forms of distorted thought have I applied, in what way have I deformed, exaggerated or minimized reality in order to arrive at such conclusions, what evidence – objective facts – do I have that things are as I interpret them and not in any other way, what have I not taken into account?
Faced with difficult situations, avoid victimizing or debilitating questions such as: Why does this have to happen to me? Or what am I going to do now? Instead, ask us questions that give us feelings of strength and hope, or indicate some alternative option: What can I do to resolve this, what options do I have that I haven’t yet tried, what data from reality could contradict my most pessimistic conclusions, what is good about this situation, what could I learn from it, etc.?