In part one of this series we talked about the fact that “If you don’t have anything good to say, then it is better to not say anything at all”. By not voicing negativity, we take a major step in not giving life to it.
But what do we do with it now? We keep quiet and hold our tongue, but the thought is still there. This is still how we feel. We don’t give voice to the negativity, but it is still inside of us.
This is where we have to make a decision to act. Maybe we have a negative disposition in general. Maybe we always see the “glass half empty”, and maybe we have been this way for years. This is an actual physical thing in your brain. These neural pathways have become your patterns and the brain will go back there repeatedly until you change it. You must instruct it, and guide it.
This is done by switching tracks. “I see the glass half full!” You may see a half empty glass, and you may be depressed by this, but now you will take a stand. Voice the positive. In other words, this is how we change tracks and begin making new neural pathways in the brain. This doesn’t happen automatically, you have to consciously and physically do it.
I correct myself all the time. Some days it feels like that is all I do. Even though I have made great strides, I am still apt to immediately see what is wrong, before I see what is right. But this is the job. This is what they mean when they say “It’s an inside job”. This is what they mean when they talk about “Change from within”.
Because I stay on guard and correct myself, I am a lot more pleasant to be around than I used to be. My life is a lot more pleasant. I do see the glass as being half full a lot more often now.
Remember, your thoughts give birth to your feelings. Your feelings give birth to your actions. If you want your life to change, you must manually change your thoughts.
If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.