As I write this post, we’re almost through with January 2014 and I can’t help but wonder how many New Year resolutions has been broken so far. Most of these broken resolutions were broken as a result of people falling into one or more of the 7 deadly thinking sins. You can build a life of abundance with your thinking patterns. Everything that you do or don’t do always start from your thoughts; for example, the fact that you want to eat start from up there in your thought.
If I may ask you, do you think positively or do you find yourself often falling into one, two may four of the 7 deadly sins? The world we live in could well be a lot more pleasant if we could only acknowledge our inadequate thinking patterns and exchange them with more positive thoughts.
Negative thoughts have a means of creeping their way into our thought processes and can also generally go unrecognised. If you are looking to change your way of thinking, the most crucial starting point would be to recognise these unfavourable thoughts and get rid of them then and there. When you are able to substitute them with positive thoughts, you will certainly notice a remarkable improvement in every part of your life.
The strategies below will help you from being caught-up in the 7 deadly thinking traps:
1. “I’ll do it tomorrow.”
The truth is you’re never going to feel like doing what needs to be done. We all fool ourselves into thinking there will be a better time in the near future. If you allow procrastination to rule your life, you’ll find yourself always trying to make it in life but never getting there.
- Anything you’re putting off isn’t going to get any easier.
- The most successful people are very good at taking care of the most important tasks at hand. Some things are uncomfortable, and it’s necessary to push through that discomfort. Start with baby steps and build up your tolerance for discomfort!
2. “I can’t do this. I can’t stick with anything.”
If you don’t think you can do something, you’ll probably prove yourself right. This is especially true with the big stuff.
- Remember that it’s not about discipline. It’s really about focus and motivation.
- Tell yourself that you can do it. Remind yourself that it’s more about getting motivated and applying yourself consistently. Discipline is only a good tool in the short-term. Limit yourself to one big goal and get excited about it.
3. Thinking that someone else’s success impacts you negatively.
It’s erroneous to believe that only a limited number of people can be successful. There’s room for everyone.
- It might be lonelier at the top, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for you. You can be successful too.
- When others do well, you’re actually better off being happy for them. You can examine their success and learn from it. You’ll also come to believe that others will be happy when you’re successful.
4. “It’s too late for me.”
We all have missed opportunities from our past, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late. People in their 60’s have attended medical school and law school. Others don’t get married or have children until later in life.
- Some things do take a significant amount of time to achieve, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get started today.
5. “I’ll never be successful.”
Everyone fails at something along the way to success. The good news is that failure can be the best way to learn. But focusing on your failures just causes you to feel bad all the time.
- Focus your attention on your successes. Look back over your past and remember all the times you were successful. Make a list of your past successes and add your new successes to the list as they happen.
6. “Why is this happening again?”
Most time, unpleasant things just happen. It’s a normal part of life. However, just like our failures, if we spend our time dwelling on them, we make ourselves miserable.
- We all suffer at times, but that suffering passes and makes room for positive things. Avoid dwelling on the negative and look forward to better times.
7. “I can be happy once I have (accomplished or earned) ______.”
It’s unreasonable to hold yourself back from happiness until you’ve achieved some milestone. Unfortunately, once that goal is reached, there are more goals that follow. Putting off your happiness can become a harmful habit.
- It’s important to learn to be happy with where you are and what you have. That doesn’t mean you have to be completely satisfied, but you might as well be happy in the meantime.
Negative thoughts have a tremendous impact on your happiness and success. If you want to live a life of abundance, it’s important to recognise these negative thought patterns and squash them immediately. Replace these negative thoughts with thoughts that are more realistic and supportive. It may take a while to banish all negativity but as you begin too conciously make amends, you will get there. It all starts with determination to not fall into any of the seven deadly thinking sins. Start today… right now… you’ll be glad you did!
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