How many times have you played out a bad scene in your mind, a tragedy complete with the scariest details? You start to feel fearful, anxious and stressed out all at the same time…..only to be reminded that it didn’t happen…
I know for me – I play out the worst case scenario so that anything that does happen will feel better than the worst case I’ve imagined. It’s a silly stupid game that really does me no good because during that process I am loaded with fear and anxiety….over something that hasn’t even happened! Have you done this???
Our crazy minds.
Scientists have found that we have between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day….and a whopping 80% are NEGATIVE….and 95% are not even true!
So why do we do it? Why do we put ourselves through that self sabatoge? Because we have conditioned our brains to think this way. Becoming a habitual pessimist is something you trained your brain to do, whether you’re just like me and think the worst so anything that happens will feel a bit better or somewhere in your past you’ve been told something negative and you’ve adopted that mindset as your truth. Having this go-to behavior pattern is like driving down a very familiar road, you know it and you can speed down it quickly, without even thinking about how to steer the wheel.
Here’s the great news: YOU GET TO RE-WRITE YOUR STORY. It takes just as much energy to create a negative story as it does a positive story. But creating a positive story opens your mental energy to a new way of thinking which alters the way you feel and act. And just like the road analogy, turning your mind to a new story would be similar to taking a new route down a dirt path, it may feel unfamiliar at first but the more you drive it the more it becomes paved into a concrete street.
This week, the minute you notice your monkey mind going into a story that makes you feel anxious, stressed or full of negativity, RE-WRITE THE STORY. Remember you are the driver of the bus, not the passenger. You get to decide in that moment what street you want to go down.
Here’s to creating new roads with stories that fuel you with strength..