Jun 05, 2012

How to Put Joy in Your Life – The Next Step

Recognizing that negative thoughts and emotions will insidiously take over when positive thoughts and emotions are absent is a huge step.  So, what can you do to help crowd out the negative emotions and replace them with positive, inspiring thoughts and emotions?

First, pay attention to what you pay attention to.  When you find yourself daydreaming, what is it that you find yourself thinking about?  You may find that you’re dwelling on thoughts that are self-sabotaging and limiting.  If you want to identify what you think about most, take the time to make a note on your phone’s calendar each time you catch yourself thinking about positive and negative things.  This will give you an idea of what your thought pattern is.

Next, when you wake up each morning, plant positive intentions in your mind for the day ahead.  You want to begin to live life intentionally and in the direction you want to go, instead of letting others lead you where they want.  Every time you do this the pattern will be reinforced and become stronger.  And, what you will discover is that you start finding more joy in life, which means you’re headed in the right direction!

But, what if there are traumatic things that have happened to you in the past that continue to haunt your thoughts?  I’ll discuss that next.

Creating forward motion,

Dr. Edward Lewellen

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