Choose not to dwell on the negative


By CJ McClanahan

“I understand.”

These are the final words you say to the second client you lost this week.

Then, your mind starts to wonder.

“Is this a trend? Does this business model really work? Will we have enough cash to cover payroll this summer?”

Everyone has been down this path before. A negative event takes place in your life and you abandon all reason and logical thought. You choose to assume that this is just the beginning of the end despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

Your brain is similar to a complex software program. It responds directly to the programming it receives from your thoughts.

The challenge is carefully choosing the thoughts (programming) that will help you achieve your goals.

This isn’t easy.

The average person has nearly 50,000 thoughts each day and most of these thoughts are influenced by our environment including what we hear on the radio, watch on TV or read on the internet. And, as you know, the environment is negative.

In a world filled with negative information, you need to be proactive about your programming.

Here are some simple tips to help you out. First, get crystal clear about the difference between positive and negative information. If you think that the evening news, “Entertainment Tonight” or “Jersey Shore” are positive, you need some clarity.

Next, start off each day with some positive statements to program good thoughts into your brain.

Finally, catch yourself having a negative thought and simply say – “I choose not to dwell on this thought.”

As with most things in life, the solution is simple. All you need to do is execute.