Do You Have Toxic Thoughts?

by Jonathan

Do You Have Toxic Thoughts?

Are negative thoughts and beliefs preventing you from moving forward with your goals and dreams?  If so, how about taking some steps to detoxify your mind!

We usually think of detoxification as the process of removing toxins from our body to achieve a greater level of health and well-being. What most people don’t realize is that our minds can also become incredibly toxic.

How do you know if you have toxic thoughts?  Well, do you find yourself feeling powerless, hopeless, intimidated, frustrated, ineffective and stuck? Granted, everyone experiences some of these feelings occasionally, but if you spend much of your time feeling like this, you’ve definitely got a case of mental toxic overload.

Two simple steps to detoxify your mind

To eliminate toxic thoughts we need to capture them and move them out of our mind. How can we do that? Have you ever heard the phrase: I need to capture my thoughts on paper? How about this one: I need to wrap my mind around what it says here?

We can use the principles in those two common phrases to purge our mind of toxic thoughts, and to replace them with a more positive and empowering thought pattern. This will, in effect, radically alter our perception of our own abilities.

First, purge the toxins

The first step is to find a way to purge the negative thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back.  One of the best ways to do this is to write them down.  Grab a blank sheet of paper and a pen, and start writing how you feel about yourself, your goals, your dreams, and your life in general.

You might end up with statements like these:  “I feel so sick and tired of struggling.  No matter what I do I can’t seem to make changes.  I really think I’m defective somehow because I can’t do the things that other people find so easy.  I’m doomed to live a life of mediocrity and lack.  I’m powerless to change anything in my life.”

Keep writing until you’ve covered everything you can think of.

Next, create the antidote

All of those negative thoughts and beliefs you just wrote down are literally polluting your potential!  Unless you replace them with something more empowering, they’ll continue to influence everything you think, say and do.

Grab another sheet of paper and begin writing a positive statement that directly contradicts each negative one.  However, be sure you write it in a way that is believable to you.  Using the examples from above, your antidote might look like this:  “I am absolutely determined to make better progress on improving my life.  I can make changes simply by taking one step at a time and believing in my own ability.  I am learning new and powerful life skills to help me conquer challenges and move forward.  Other people who appear to have it easy may have been working on this stuff longer than I have.  I will eventually reach the same state of confidence and mastery.  I know I have the power to learn, grow, and make my life into something meaningful and fulfilling.”

Now, make the switch

Once you’ve got your antidote ready, destroy the toxins.  That sheet of paper you wrote all the negative stuff on is now where those toxic thoughts live. When you wrote them down, you took them out of your mind and relocated them to that sheet of paper. Now that you have them where you want them, it’s time to eliminate them from your life.

Take that piece of paper and burn it or rip it into tiny shreds and throw it away.  Feel the relief that comes from knowing that those thoughts are no longer part of your life. To make sure they don’t sneak back in; take the antidote every single day!  Read your new empowering thoughts as often as you can and do your best to internalize them as part of your new identity.

Fortify your mind

In most cases, a tiny bit of toxins usually won’t cause a big problem, but if you allow them to build up over time they can wreak absolute havoc in your life.  That’s true with both physical and mental toxins.  By taking the antidote on a regular basis, you minimize the buildup of mental toxins in your mind and automatically empower yourself to do and be more than you ever believed possible.

Does this seem too simple to be effective?
Are you willing to give it a try and find out?
The lines are open!

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freedoe mwaluda

Thank you for every thing that you guys do to empower us on such important issues.You are my daily source of strength.

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hey Freedoe, thanks for your kind words. I am happy to be of service.

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Debbie @ Happy Maker

Hi Jonathan,
You are right get that toxic out of your mind. I always look at it this way. I wouldn’t dump garbage in my house, so why should I put garbage in my mind.
Negative thinking is going to bring about a bad odor just like garbage if you don’t get rid of it.

Love your idea of writing it down, then writing down the good stuff and throwing away the bad stuff. Just like dejunking your house. Thanks Jonathan
Debbie

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hi Debbie, I like your garbage metaphor. It puts things in perspective.

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Sam

Hi Jonathan,

I am definitely going to give this a try and will see how effectively it works. I think that a lack of confidence and negative thinking are a main reason for most of the failures people experience.

I honestly feel that if we can overcome these issues we can achieve a happier life and that’s what I think everyone really wants to achieve.

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hey Sam, every step we take toward a more positive perception will add to our level of happiness. While there are often deeper issues involved, we all need a simple way to purge unproductive thought patterns. Let me know how it works for you!

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Nancy

Hello Jonathan,
As usual another great article from you – those toxic thoughts do creep in every now and then and it’s getting them out that causes us to move into the positive realm…I wrote an article about getting out of our comfort zone and it’s all about changing our core beliefs….in researching for my blog post, I found that thought particles travel faster than the speed of light….so to change our thoughts we have to change our minds….so yes you are so right about writing your thoughts down and burning them and after this exercise to make sure they don’t creep back in. Thank you for your inspiration today and keep turning the negative into a positive!
In gratitude,
Nancy

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hi Nancy, it’s exciting to see so much research involving the way our thoughts influence our reality. Personally, I think they have only just scratched the service and that there will continue to be amazing discoveries in this area. It’s up to each of us to choose the positive or negative in any situation, but sometimes the negative influences can be very invasive. That’s why I wanted to share this simple exercise and I am so glad you liked it. Thanks for your continued support Nancy, very appreciated.

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Daisey

Hi Jonathan,

What an extremely important topic this is!
I am currently reading a book called “Who Switched off my Brain” by Dr. Caroline Leaf. I highly recommend it !! She writes about the physical, biochemical and neurological processes involved in the formation of a thought and its associated emotion. She maps out how the process unfolds in the brain; how new thoughts become part of old memories or create new memories; how toxic thoughts cause chemicals to be released that actually lead to a breakdown of our immune system and cause illness. The book further lays out how to detox the brain of toxic thoughts, emotions and memories.

It’s amazing how much neuroscience has discovered about the brain. The better we understand how our brains work and their connection to every part of our selves the more we can understand ourselves and our own thinking processes and work towards a healthier life on very level.

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hi Daisey, that sounds like a book that I need to read. It is thrilling to see science now verifying things that creative thinkers have been saying for a very long time. The potential of the human mind is a long way from being understood, but the discovery process is certainly raising some amazing possibilities.

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Dandy

Hi Jonathan,
Writing out the toxic thoughts is a great exercise and it does work. I’ve been journaling all my life (since I learned to write actually). It is a wonderful way to analyze our thoughts and challenge them. Often we find that our limiting beliefs do not represent who we really are. Thanks Jonathan!

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hi Dandy, wow, a lifetime of journaling, that’s impressive! When we write there is a special kind of transfer that takes place. Energy that existed only in thought form is transferred to paper and becomes something tangible. If that energy was negative we can actually feel a sense of freedom just by tossing it in the trash.

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Christopher Foster

I do so much agree Jonathan that we have a sacred responsibility to keep our consciousness unpolluted. There is a lot of fear in this world and sometimes when I feel this fear a good antidote for me is to say to myself: “It’s alright. It’s alright. Everything is going to work out just fine.”

My body and mind and heart seem to love to hear these words.

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hey Christopher, we all love the reassurance of words like “it’s alright.” Such soothing words can do their job much easier if we make room for them but purging the toxic thoughts beforehand. Next time fear comes creeping in, try the exercise in the article followed by your words of reassurance and let me know how the combo works for you.

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