Counteracting Negative Messages

You know how you get a song stuck in your head and you just can’t shake it? I’ve had that issue for a few days now, courtesy of a Facebook friend. And because I’m a big believer in sharing, you can watch the video below 🙂

Goofy songs that stick in your brain might make you a little crazy, but it’s all harmless. When negative messages wind their way inside our heads and settle there, that can be very detrimental to anything positive we are trying to do — find a new job, complete a big project, even interact with family and friends.

So what do you do to tamp down that negativity echoing in your mind?

1. Cut the thought off. As soon as you find yourself thinking, “Man, I am such a loser!”, immediately tell yourself, “No!” Say it out loud if you have to. You don’t want to give thoughts like that a chance to take root. They offer no solutions, but rather, only serve to pull you down.

2. Create a list of positive messages to replace the negatives ones. Think of all the great things you have done. Maybe you brought hot soup to a friend with a cold or you helped a family member who was stranded because of a vehicle breakdown. Write these down so you remember them. Keep the list in your nightstand so you can look at it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. You can also write them down on little sticky notes to put up all over the house — on the bathroom mirror, your cell phone, the refrigerator. Put one of the messages on your computer’s screen saver.

3. Surround yourself with people who empower you. This is not to say that you should only listen to “yes” folks. That can be as harmful to you as those who would only tell you that all your ideas stink. Find a good group of people who will build you up, but also be honest with you if they don’t agree with your point of view. This is beneficial because we all know that no one is perfect, and to get external messages that only have wonderful things to say about us and our ideas will smack of insincerity, leading right back to the negative messages.

How else do you squelch those negative tapes running in your mind?

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