Sometimes it doesn’t seem easy though, because we often think thoughts that hold us back, even when we don’t want to be thinking them – they just seem to show up.
People often feel that changing your thoughts means you have to force yourself to think positive thoughts, but that doesn’t work and can actually be counter-productive.
You can’t deny that you’re thinking the thoughts you are thinking and forcing yourself not to think them doesn’t work. Instead, you can use them, and learn from them, which then allows you to change them.
So if you’re trying to force yourself to think positively, try paying attention to the thoughts and ask yourself what you can learn from them. This is the first step to being able to change them.
This affirmation can help you get started:
“I am willing to release unhelpful thoughts and replace them with those that support me and help me be the best I can be.”