How to Stop Negative Thoughts From Taking Over

How to Stop Negative Thoughts From Taking Over

Sometimes it feels like negative thoughts have taken over our brains. They move in and refuse to budge reminding us of worst-case scenarios and incessantly asking what if? They tell us why we can’t do something and why none of our ideas will work.

Did you know we each think between 60,000-80,000 thoughts per day and the majority of these are habitual and the voices of fear, doubt, worry and anxiety?  We infuse these thoughts with so much emotional energy, they become the biggest, loudest most powerful thoughts in our head.

Out with the old in with the new

We need a way to replace the negative, nagging thoughts with those representing the highest intentions of who we are and want to be.   It’s not that we don’t have positive thoughts, we do. It’s just that they’re busy navigating the 1,000-lane thought expressway, battling thousands of blaring thought streams while attempting to generate energy and gain momentum.

It’s a tough go for these positive intentional thoughts.

You can see how the highest expression of who we are, what we want and how we want to live our lives might get lost in the chaos.

There’s good news!

The good news is that we, as the creator of our lives, can crank up the volume by becoming clear on what we want, choosing an intention and moving it from thought to action every morning.

Thoughts need activation

To activate, our intentions need fuel to move from head into heart. This fuel supply is provided by the emotions and allows for the integration of body and mind where the real magic happens.

It’s like this. When we understand something intellectually (left side of the brain) and then make it ‘experiential’ by moving it into our emotions (right side of the brain) we are providing the life-giving fuel our intentions need to be turned on. We can then think and feel the thought.

When we experience the thought, we can change. 

The rewired brain

This experiential process actually rewires the brain, causing the neurons to create new patterns and producing a chemical that the body remembers as we move through the day.

This is also a form of what scientists call metacognition – which means it’s a way of tricking the brain into achieving our greatest good. We’ve successfully interrupted and distracted the negative disempowering thoughts with super charged intentional thoughts allowing them to break through the congestion and get to work.

OH, MY WORD gets the job done

When you do the simple five-minute OH MY WORD morning ritual it interrupts the negative thought patterns and alters the brain, causing the neurons to start firing in new ways. The mind remembers your intention and is on the lookout for ways to manifest and make it concrete.

You Think it. Feel it. Live it.

You are actively creating who you want to be by using just a word.

So, I ask you.

Who do you want to be? How do you want to express yourself?

Find a word that represents your deepest intention.

Draw the word.

Colour it.

Through the drawing and colouring process you’ve moved the thought from intellect (left side of the brain) to experiential (right side of the brain).

A new neural pathway has been created.

The rewiring process has begun.

Negative thought disabled.

Replaced by highest intention positive thought that you chose.


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21 Replies to “How to Stop Negative Thoughts From Taking Over”

  1. Human as we are, this negative thought will always linger behind our heads. What we need to do is how to control and surpass this kind of thinking.

  2. We need a way to replace the negative, nagging thoughts and bingo we find our way to this wonderful piece. I will often draw my wants and how to achieve it. Then colour it beautifully. BINGO!!!!

  3. We need to stop the invasion of negative thoughts from our mind. We need to have control on this type of thinking.

  4. To activate, our intentions need fuel to move from head into heart, I need a rewiring process in my thought. Thanks for this great piece, really helpful

  5. There is a norm by the human brain to remember thr past. It affects our lifes and one needs to note down on how to control it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I’ll have to try your tips to change my negative toughts, I knoe they don’t take me anywhere.

  7. So much negative thoughts in mind can cause anxiety and depression, we need to control our thoughts. You’re right, we need a way to replace negative thoughts to positive thoughts that’s the only way to keep us moving to who we want to be.

  8. Awesome piece. I agree that with a little bit of a conscious effort we can replace negative thoughts with good ones. The fact that it shapes our overall perspective, abilities and the way we want to dictate our lives makes it so important to try and visualize success and what we want to achieve. I think everyone should try and implement this philosophy every day step by step and will start seeing quick, effective results.

  9. Always look on the brighter side of life. Whenever there’s someone or something upsets you, Always keep in mind that you’re better and always stay positive.

  10. I think it is a very human thing to do to see or to feel down at times. However the trick is not falling into it as nobody is perfect rather not dwelling on it for too long. As the saying goes NEVER GIVE UP.

  11. ‘We each think between 60,000-80,000 thoughts per day?’ Wow, that’s very interesting. It’s amazing what our brains can do.

  12. I like how you explain in detail how the brain is wired to function. Your article is very eye opening.

  13. I am fully on board with the idea of infusing our brains with positive thoughts and emotions. It has the potential to work wonders for our well-being.

  14. It’s amazing what a single positive word can do for us. Thanks for making Oh my Word journal available.

  15. I’m fascinated by these techniques of creating new neural pathways in the brain. A very effective way of dealing with negative thoughts!

  16. I would like to master how to transfer positive thoughts to my experiential brain (the right side). Oh My Word Journal provides the perfect avenue for that.

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