5 Ways to Reprogram Your Thoughts
Our thoughts are tricky things to control, but they don’t have to be. Our beliefs and habits are often hidden from us, but these are two of the things that have great influence over our thoughts. Your thoughts influence your actions. If you want to change your behavior and results, it’s important to rewire your thoughts.
Changing our way of thinking has been a battle for many people. Fortunately, psychology has grown considerably over the last 20 years on this important topic of the brain. Now, we know you can learn to reprogram your thoughts if you’re motivated to do so.
Use these techniques to gain control of your actions by reprogramming your thoughts:
Affirmations. Affirmations are essentially thoughts that you choose for yourself. You can listen to them, write them, read them silently, or read them aloud. Affirmations require a lot of repetition and emotional involvement, but they can be highly effective. You can also place affirmations cards around your house, I love this deck by Louise Hay.
Personally, I find writing my affirmations to be the most powerful. When I started to daily write my affirmations it created a powerful shift in my life. From writing truth about my health, parenting, business, relationships and more- these affirmations helped shape my reality. Remember, thoughts create emotions/feelings which create the actions we make in our life for good or not so good.
Write affirmations that speak the truth about who you are. (I am a great mom, I am strong, generous, etc…)
Write affirmations that support the pursuit and achievement of your goals. (Ideal clients find me, I make X amount of money each month, my house is organized and I have energy to keep it so, etc…)
Create affirmations that address your weaknesses by speaking truth. (If you aren’t motivated to exercise you can write/say- I love how I feel when I workout, I workout everyday because it makes me feel strong/empowered/energized, I eat to fuel my body, etc…)
Create a daily practice of writing your affirmations. (I do this in the morning to start my day. I have a small notebook and I write until the page is full. Topics vary for me.)
Be patient and trust the process.
Learn. Increasing or altering your knowledge in many areas can have a huge impact on your thoughts.
Philosophy. If you view yourself or the world differently, your thoughts will change. Become a student of philosophy and you’ll learn a lot.
Success. There’s a lot most of us could learn about success. Goal setting, willpower, perseverance, and communication are just a few topics. Learning more about these types of topics will change the way you view success, and your thoughts will change, too. (Between books and Podcasts you can always find something to learn!)
Ask yourself questions. Questions change your focus and thoughts. Asking yourself questions like, “What’s good about this situation?” or “What are my greatest strengths?” or “What should I be working on right now?” will change your thinking.
Use questions to redirect your attention and thoughts. This is one of the easiest ways to change. Develop the habit of asking the right questions.
Visualization. Visualize something negative and notice your thoughts. Now, visualize something positive and notice your thoughts. Compare. There’s no doubt that visualization impacts your thoughts and beliefs. Use this to your advantage:
Visualize achieving your goals.
Visualize completing the tasks you need to do each day.
Visualize yourself being the type of person you want to be.
Visualize yourself mastering a skill you want to learn.
The period of time right after awakening and just before falling asleep can be especially effective.
Attack limiting beliefs. Your beliefs largely create your thoughts. Eliminating negative beliefs and adding positive beliefs will drastically change your thoughts. Take a negative belief and apply the following process:
Where did I get this belief? Is it my own? Did someone else give it to me?
What is the belief based upon? Is the source valid? How do I know it’s true?
What is this belief costing me? What would happen if i believed the opposite instead?
Am I willing to let go of this belief for a month and see what happens?
You’re not as easy to program as a computer, but you’re more programmable than you think! If you’re struggling to manage your behavior and get yourself to do the things you know you should be doing, try reprogramming your thoughts or work with a coach who can help you.
You can trace every action back to an emotion or feeling that was produced by a thought. This is why I feel it is so important to bring our thoughts into our consciousness and actively participate in what we are choosing to think about.
Many of our thinking patterns are purely habit and can be challenging to alter.
But challenging doesn’t mean impossible!
I challenge you to write affirmations for 30 days and notice how your thoughts and days begin to change. Will you accept the challenge?