But we are bombarded with negativity every day. It has become so commonplace that we may not even realize how insidious negative thoughts, words and actions have become in our lives.
From the time we are born, we are told what to think by our parents, our teachers, the media and society. Living in a modern society, we cannot avoid the influence of other people’s thoughts in our conscious and unconscious minds.
Once we become aware of negative thoughts, how can we make sure we are not recreating negative thinking day in and day out? One of the easiest ways I know of is to change our thinking at the subconscious level through the use of three little words: “up until now.”
Sometimes, I catch myself thinking or saying some sweeping generalization such as “I am not creative,” or “I am not very handy.”
Any time I make such a statement or think such a thought, I reaffirm it. This solidifies the belief in my subconscious mind and actually makes the idea truer for me. However, I can break the cycle by simply adding “up until now” to my sentence or thought.
Adding that phrase to any negative or self-limiting thought is a powerful paradigm shift that trains the subconscious mind to leave the thought in the past. It allows a different future to be created, just from affirming that this is how it has been but not how it will be.
Your history does not dictate your future without your consent.
Make a decision to leave negative thinking in the past, and focus on creating a positive future with this one simple phrase.
• Dianna Good, an eight year Tracy resident, is a lifelong student of health and Universal Spiritual Principles. As a Life Coach and Reiki Master, Dianna connects with people energetically, bringing mind and spirit together for maximum personal growth. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.