It’s been a bit of a rough week here and I found myself having some negative thoughts about the future — particularly related to my business:
“If this keeps up then this is going to happen and that’s going to be bad.”
Fortunately I caught myself and realized: that “story” is totally my own creation. Who says that will happen? Even if this does continue, is that the absolute, guaranteed outcome? Of course not. Is there an alternate — better — outcome? Of course there is!
So if I’m going to believe something, why not believe that?
When you find your thoughts spiraling downward — it happens to all of us — pause, take a breath, and ask yourself:
- Is this true?
- Are you sure?
- Is there no alternative?
- Is there a better alternative?
If so, then why not believe the positive story instead of the negative one?