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No, No, No to Stinkin Thinkin

Zig Ziglar said, “Every day we all need a checkup from the neck up, to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ and hardening of the attitudes.”

His subject, of course, was the way we think about life in general and “how I feel” about certain events or circumstances in particular.

Have you ever wrestlCapture 208ed with negative thoughts? Of course you have. You might be having negatives right now.

At some point, even the most positive, upbeat thinkers have those harmful mantras ringing in their unconscious mind, spewing out things like this not so all-inclusive list:

I’m not pretty.

I’m not smart enough.

No one likes me.

No one cares about me.

I’m not good enough.

I don’t deserve good things in my life.

I’m not capable of making my dreams come true.

I can’t do this (or that).

I had a terrible childhood.

I’m too poor, etc., etc.

Do any of these kinds of statement resonate with you? The important thing to remember is. . . (are you ready?), tCapture 1hey not truths, they are simply thoughts, nothing more, nothing less.

A negative mindset is impartial and color blind – we all face one from time to time

I’ve read that 65% to 80% of your emotions are the result of what is referred to as self-talk. Self-talk is the mental imagery created in your mind when you feel rejected, worried, stressed, and nervous, and many more similar type conditions.

When you hear that negative inner dialogue, replace it with more positive self-talk and imagery. You are then positioned to turn the negative self-talk into positive action.

And here’s an important note: Take full responsibility and don’t blame others. What you are, and what you can do, is up to you. You create your own reality. If you want to change your circumstance, or your life in general, change your reality and gain a higher vision for your life

Take away action plan:

time for actionFind a quiet place where you can sit for a few minutes and picture the success you want to achieve – in every area of your life. What does that look like? What does it taste like? What does it smell like? How does it feel?

Turn your disappointments and challenges in positive statements and you will find ways to accomplish goals you never thought possible.

Instead of telling yourself, “I always do it wrong,” say something like, “I failed this time. But that isn’t like me. As I learn from my mistakes I become stronger and better equipped for the next time.

Those newly created mental images and positive self-talk will help lead you to greater service and success as you end the cycle of stinkin’ thinkin’.

And, as the saying goes, “Make sure your worst enemy is not living between your ears.”

Here’s to your success.

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