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medium_9431715778What would we do if we knew for a certain fact that a positive thought and a negative thought cannot occupy the same space in our mind at the same time? That they cannot co-exist at all?

We would have to start choosing our thoughts like we choose our clothes for the day…”

I really, really enjoyed this post by Farnoosh Brock of Prolific Living.

She shares her experience of trying to change her mind-set, to clean out the clutter in her mind & to err on the side of positive thoughts.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of negative thoughts — it can start with one small one and then lead to a lot of big ones…

When that happens, it can be really hard to put the brakes on & make a u-turn. It’s like those bad thoughts have a mind of their own and they’re climbing into the driver’s seat!

And like Farnoosh, simply trying to think positive thoughts in those moments doesn’t really work.

She explains why:

“You see, I was committing to the positive thoughts as much as I was holding on to the negative ones. I was thinking “I am powerful beyond measure. I can run a successful business.” as much as I was thinking, “This is not going to work. I am going to mess it up. It is too late for me to start over.” I repeated and reinforced the good as much as the bad.

“And since both thoughts could not occupy the same space in my mind, the power of habit sided with the one that it was used to nurturing: the negative thought. It was the familiar voice it knew, and it takes a lot less effort to believe the familiar than to get on board with the new and unfamiliar.”

You can Farnoosh’s step-by-step approach to clean out the clutter in your mind here.

photo credit: JerryDoughan