Steps to change our thinking (DW#485)
Nov 02, 2018
So how do we begin to change our thinking patterns? Here are some steps:
As we know, everything begins with an intention. Making the intention sets the program into motion, so to speak.
2) Learn about distorted thought patterns
We need to know what some common distorted thought patterns are so that we can recognize them when we engage in them
3) Recognize distorted thinking
This is the ongoing practice part. Here’s the thing: we could get a PhD in ‘cognitive distortions’ (I am quite sure it does exist) but this will not mean that we will not engage in these unhelpful patterns. It is an ongoing practice to recognize when we are engaging in negative or distorted thinking.
4) Replace with helpful thinking
Once we recognize the patterns, we can replace them with thoughts that will be are more positive and helpful and will uplift and encourage us rather than bring us down.
5) Practice till it becomes a habit
We need to keep repeating the steps till the entire process of recognition and replacement becomes as automatic and habitual as the negative thinking is right now
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