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Crowd Out Negative Thoughts

The Seven Day Mental Diet
Guiding Principle Four:
Crowd Out Negative Thoughts

Because I want nothing more than for you to be successful at permanently changing your thoughts into positive ones, I want to share another mental law that is super helpful when trying the Seven Day Mental Diet.  It is the ‘Law of Substitution’.  In his book Maximum Achievement, Brian Tracy explains the Law of Substitution this way: “It states that your conscious mind can hold only one thought at a time, and that you can substitute one thought for another. The ‘crowding out’ principle allows you to deliberately replace a negative thought with a positive thought.”  You can only consciously be thinking one thing at a time.  Have you ever tried multi-tasking?  I was once listening to a podcast in my headphones and started checking emails.  As soon as I started reading one of them, my mind shifted to email and I totally missed everything the speaker on the podcast was saying.

So, if you’re going to be able to immediately replace negative thoughts with positive ones when they enter your head you’ll need to prepare ahead of time with some tools to deal with challenging situations.  You might want to come up with a list of affirmations or positive things that you can switch your attention to whenever you find a negative thought knocking at the door of your mind.  They can include the people you love, people who make you happy, your pets, your accomplishments, or goals that inspire you. You can remember beautiful places that you’ve visited or think about upcoming vacations.

The important thing is to be ready so that when a negative thought enters your mind, you can use the Law of Substitution to replace it before it stays there. At the end of the seven days it will have become a habit. You’ll have seen the amazing changes for the better that occur as a result of eliminating negative thoughts.

Fill your mind with light, happiness, hope, feelings of security
and strength, and soon your life will reflect these qualities.
~Ramez Sasson



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