There’s a song in there!

Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters got that right – Accentuate the Positive.

Go on, get up and sing it!

You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

Let’s talk about how we eliminate those negatives.

It is very easy with a little practice.

  1. Immediately cut it off.

There are no unproductive people, only unproductive states of mind.

Contemplate this for a moment, and you will discover that what goes on in our minds is completely separate from our outer worlds. I suggest this because a negative thought will over have power over you if you react to it.

So, when you are conscious of a negative thought going on in your inner world – cut it off!

Don’t even think about it, which sounds counterintuitive, I know; just stop that thought.

2. Observe it

Without getting caught up in the emotion of this negative thought, have a look at it.

Notice when it has popped up.

  • What were you doing?
  • What happened that put that thought in there in the first place?
  • Can you see a pattern regarding this particular thought?
  • Are there triggers around this particular thought?

Observing it without getting caught up in it allows you to move away from the situation at hand and see it holistically. When we are “removed” from the situation, we can often think more clearly about what is really going on.

3. Replace that thought with it’s exact opposite

It sounds obvious doesn’t it?

When we think about all the bad things that might happen when we try something different or the challenges we will face changing a bad habit, shift your thought to one more productive for you.

Focus on those things that you know will benefit you. Reinforce how shedding that bad habit is going to make you feel.

Always make sure that you are kind to yourself during this process.

In closing

It all seems quite obvious – certainly no genius here – but we all still suffer from our negative thoughts even when we are unconscious of that suffering.

Training your mind to reset to a positive and more useful state is exactly like the training you would do in the gym, for example.

On the first visit, it feels dreadful. You leave with sore muscles and aching joints. On subsequent visits, though, things start to ease up and as your fitness grows, so does your resilience to that exercise.

Much like the mindset training that is available to us all, it hurts initially. Often we have to delve into areas of our lives that we don’t care to revisit, but once there is a practice in place, it gets easier.

Don’t settle for anything other than a positive thought replacing that negative one, either.

It all boils down to that song;

You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between