People often find themselves in patterns that lead to conflict, unhappiness, anxiety, bitterness and bad attitudes. While changing behavior is the goal, the way to do that is first to change the mind. You cannot have a positive life with a negative mind. Here are a few things to consider:
*What we think about becomes what we talk about and how we behave.
*Be self-aware. The truth is you may have more negative thoughts than you notice. So, pay attention. Do they come some of the time, in certain situations, about specific people or maybe even most of the time? You don’t have to feel shame about it, but instead notice them and actively challenge negative thoughts when they come.
*When negative thoughts do come, it gives you an opportunity to explore what’s going on inside you that might be causing them.
*Our past experiences form the way we think about things, but don’t let them be an excuse to stay stuck in negative thought patterns. There is freedom from that!
*A positive mind is a good defense against pride, entitlement, judgment, fear, doubt and anger. It actually encourages peace, resiliency, patience, hope and health.
*A positive mind brings life to you and others around you. Plus, it’s contagious!