Saturday, January 31, 2009

How The Mass Media Masters Distorting Your Mind

At first glance, it would seem that positive thinking and Attention
Deficit Disorder (ADD) have nothing to do with one another.
But many of those with ADD develop negative thinking patterns
because they become frustrated by challenges and frequent
feelings of being overwhelmed.

Having a negative outlook then makes it even harder for all of
us to manage our daily challenges and motivate ourselves to
move forward.

Practicing positive thinking allows us to focus on our strengths
and accomplishments, which increases our happiness and
motivation. This, in turn, allows us to spend more time making
progress, and less time feeling down and stuck.

The following tips provide practical suggestions that you can
use to help you shift into more positive thinking patterns:

For help use the "30 Day Mental Cleanse"

1. Take Good Care of Yourself
It's much easier to be positive when you are eating well,
exercising, and getting enough rest.

2. Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For
Stresses and challenges don't seem quite as bad when you are
constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in life.
Start every day taking just 60 seconds to stop and appreciate
the good things. This will make a huge difference in your outlook
3. Look for the Proof Instead of Making Assumptions
A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to
assume that we know what others are thinking, but our fears
are usually not reality. Don't waste time worrying that you did
something wrong, unless you have proof that there is something
to worry about.

4. Refrain from Using Absolutes
Thinking and speaking in absolutes like 'always' and 'never'
makes the situation seem worse than it is, and programs your
brain into believing that certain people are incapable of delivering.

5. Detach From Negative Thoughts
Your thoughts can't hold any power over you if you don't indulge
them. If you notice yourself having a negative thought, detach
from it, release it, and don't follow it.

6. Squash the "ANTs"
In his book "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,"
Dr. Daniel Amen talks about "ANTs" - Automatic Negative
Thoughts. These are the bad thoughts that are usually
reactionary, like "Those people are laughing, they must be
talking about me," or "The boss wants to see me? It must be bad!"
When you notice these thoughts, realize that they are nothing
more than ANTs and squash them!

7. Practice Lovin', Touchin' & Squeezin'
You don't have to be an expert to know the benefits of a good
hug. Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even
pets, is an instant pick-me-up.

8. Increase Your Social Activity
By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness. Surround
yourself with healthy, happy people, and their positive energy
will affect you in a positive way!

9. Volunteer for an Organization, Help another Person
The more positive energy you put out into the world, the more
you will receive in return. Everyone feels good after helping.
You can volunteer your time, your money, or your resources.

10. Use Pattern Interrupts to Combat Rumination
Rumination is like hyper-focus on something negative If you
find yourself ruminating, a great way to stop it is to interrupt the
pattern and force yourself to do something completely different.
Try changing your physical environment - go for a walk or
sit outside. You could also call a friend, pick up a book, or
turn on some music.

Mentoring for Free offers a great mastermind group that
specializes in creating pattern interrupts for negative thinking.
It's a weekly mastermind meeting of positve like minded people
in a teleconference setting.

The program is "The 30 Day Mental Cleanse". You can learn
more about Mentoring for Free, and the "30 Day Mental Cleanse"
by clicking on this link and downloading the free ebook
"Success in 10 Steps".

Your Friend in Success
Gary McElwain
216-539-3553 Anytime
My Success Manual

Being a Mentor with a Servants Heart

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