Negative thoughts can be pretty powerful. They have the ability to alter your mood, ruin your day and even keep you awake at night. If you aren’t careful, they’ll even start to show up in different areas of your life making this an issue you want to take control of fast. Depending on how long you struggle with them, they move from just thoughts to normal thought patterns – which you don’t want.

Many people would say that the best way to get rid of negative thoughts is to replace them with positive ones. So, here’s what that would look like: Instead of thinking, “ I look horrible.” You’d think, “I’m beautiful.” And, instead of thinking, “I’ll never be able to do XYZ.” You replace it with, “I can do anything I set my mind to.”

Seems pretty simple, right? But what happens after you say those things and nothing happens. They aren’t magic beans. It’s going to take a little more convincing than that to change your mind set, especially if it’s been one way for a while.

How Do You Address It?

The key to getting rid of your negative thoughts for good is to spend time with them. No running from them! That means taking some time with yourself and really paying attention to those thoughts to see what’s going on. Why do you think you’re a failure? Or, why do you think you’re unattractive? Embrace those thoughts for a while. Be with them and find out where did they originate and why are you afraid of them?

The more you face them, the less they’ll show up because you’re building up your courage. After a while of doing this, you’ll notice the negative thoughts decreasing or disappearing all together.

What do you think so far? Are you ready to face off your negative thoughts once and for all? Set aside some time regularly to face those negative thoughts. It may take more than one sit down, but the results will be worth it.

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