Use The ‘Reset’ Button – How To Improve Positive Thinking
by FinerMinds Team March 18, 2011
Do you want to know how to improve positive thinking in your life? If you do, join the club. Now that we all understand the power of our thoughts to create our reality, we know this is key to a happy life. The trick is getting control of – and changing – those thoughts that aren’t giving you what you want. This is where the ‘reset’ button comes in real handy.
Your mind is like a computer. The operating system is your brain and it’s got all kinds of programs running. There are programs that run automatically – like breathing, digestion, and your heart beating. They run no matter what. You’ve also got ‘emergency’ programs that kick in during a threat, like when your immune system encounters a virus, or the ‘fight or flight’ instinct when sudden, immanent danger is at hand.
And then there’s that program called ‘Thinking’.
The thinking program has two levels: Conscious and Subconscious. The two are interconnected – informing and building upon each other as you go through life. So if you’ve got some negative subconscious thoughts from not-so-great (or even really bad) experiences from the past, they tend to bubble up and over into your conscious mind. And your conscious mind, when it repeatedly thinks these thoughts, strengthens the wiring (synaptically speaking) of your subconscious.
There are some great ways to work with the subconscious. Hypnosis being one of the best. But there’s still the rest of your day to think about (no pun intended). This is where the Reset Button can be your biggest boon. When your computer system has gone haywire and you just can’t seem to fix the problem, what do you do? Hit the reset button. Well, you can do the same thing with your brain. Here’s how it works …
Your Conscious Reset Button
The first thing you need to do in order to use the reset button is pay attention to your thoughts when you think you’re not thinking anything. When does this happen? You might be surprised to find out it’s most of the time. Here are some examples:
■when you’re driving your car
■when you’re cooking
■when you’re cleaning
■when you’re just ‘spacing out’
■when you’re taking a walk
In fact, whenever you’re doing things on ‘auto pilot’, your thoughts are usually active, even if you’re not paying attention. And what are these thoughts? Often they’re things bubbling up from the subconscious. And when they’re not, these thoughts are usually ‘shaded’ by the general attitudes (fears, worries, self-doubt; or self-confidence, trust and love) that are most predominant in your subconscious.
So when you start paying attention to what you’re thinking about, when you think you’re not thinking, you’ve take then biggest step toward change.
In fact, the next part is really easy.
As soon as you catch yourself thinking any thoughts that aren’t positive, you just say (out loud if you can) ‘Reset!’ And then shift your thoughts in a better direction.
Sound too simple? Well, the first few times you might not get very far past the reset button before you go back to thinking you’re not thinking and letting negitude rule. But with just a little bit of practice, you’ll be surprised at how well this works.
Give it a try and leave us a comment to let us know how the reset button is working for you.