DO YOU HAVE A MIND VIRUS?
An extract from the XTL Journals
In the same way a computer gets a virus, so can our mind.
Removing a computer virus is relatively simple, but not so,when it comes to our brain.
A Personal Story: Without knowing it, I was putting negative thoughts in, and even though it took a while, those thoughts were slowly taking over my whole way of thinking.
I was putting garbage in and that’s the results I ended up getting back in return, garbage results. Nothing went right, I was angry, everything was hard and positive people avoided me. My life was in the crapper.
It wasn’t until I change my thinking, did I change my results.
Just like with a computer and having virus protection software in place, you must protect your most valuable asset the same way. The thoughts you feed your brain can help you or can damage you. Your brain doesn’t differentiate if your thoughts are good or bad, it just feeds you back what has become the most prominent.
Some people don’t even know their thinking is toxic.
The easy way to check if your thinking maybe toxic is to ask this very simple but extremely important question…
AM I HAPPY?
If not, maybe it’s your thoughts.
How do you get rid of an already toxic way of thinking or acting and replace it with positive thoughts?
First, make a conscious effort of monitoring every thought that goes in your head and every action you make. It may seem hard, but you will be surprised how quickly a positive habit forms and it becomes game-like as you ask yourself, was that good or not.
If it wasn’t, don’t beat yourself up, just change the way you say it next time.
If your thought doesn’t serve you well, refuse to let it in.
Even if you don’t presently know what’s a good or bad thought, you can still change and correct your thoughts to serve you instead of working against you.
How to know if your thoughts or words are not serving you for the better.
Before speaking or acting, ask yourself if what you are about to say or do is…
- A complaint
- Blaming others
- An excuse
- Or negative
If you have been feeding your mind the incorrect food for a long time, at first it will be hard to know what you are saying, or thinking is even bad and needs correcting.
Negative thinking in, negative thoughts, actions and results out.
Positive thinking in, positive thinking, actions and results out.
What goes in, is eventually what must come out. GOOD or BAD!
Think of a habit, a bad habit you may have, and ask yourself, is this habit helping me, harming me or holding me back in anyway?
Is it stopping you from receiving the results you desire and deserve?
Example: Image someone who is happily married who suddenly notices an attractive person in their workplace for the first time. Soon they become work-friends and get on well together. After a while, and the more they interact at work, the more the married person thinks about their colleague.
At first the negative thoughts being fed to the brain are harmless, playful, light, but eventually the more the person thinks about the other person, the greater chance the thoughts turn into fantasies and desire.
Then something happens at home, an innocent argument, being ignored or something just as small…
The next day there is an office party with alcohol involved and without going any further, the rest they say is history.
From a happily married person, who without knowing it has fed their mind harmful thoughts, resulting in hurt for all involved.
The same goes with gambling, drugs, porn, food and any other addiction.
Even not-so-harmful additions and hobbies can have harmful effects on a partner or family. Nothing wrong with fishing but imagine a fisherman who spends all his spare time fishing and ignoring his wife.
Although the husband is happy with his hobby and oblivious to the negative impact his never being home is creating, his wife might start to resent this, and soon the negative thoughts start to fester. Pretty soon, she has a mind virus.
You may have heard this story before, very apt if you have a mind virus.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
It would be easy if we could install a virus protection software into our brain, but we can’t, so start slow, and maybe pause before you speak to ask if what you are about to say is beneficial to both parties or not.
Positive thoughts, words and actions will not only benefit you, but all those around you.
How long will it take to change my thinking?
The honest answer is, it can happen in an instant.
But for the moment, try these 6 suggestions today…
- Go the whole day without making a single complaint, excuse or speaking a bad word. If need be, do as I had to do on the day I decided to change my thinking because my thoughts had become so toxic.
Don’t speak for the day.
I know that’s probably not possible or practical, so pause before you speak and focus on being extra polite instead.
- Replace every single bad thought entering your head with something you enjoy instead.
- Instead of seeing the bad things, tell your mind to only look for the good, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Refuse to let the negative in!
- Don’t watch or listen to the news, specially the current affair shows
- Remember to smile. Stupid as it may sound, but I forced myself to smile for the first day and even though my face hurt from unused muscles, strange things happened. When I was driving slowly and people in other cars saw me smiling, some of them smiled back. It felt amazing and weird at the same time.
- Avoid negative people.
Later that night, reflect on your day to see how it makes you feel. And, don’t give yourself a hard time if it didn’t go as well as you had hoped. Remember, baby steps and self-encouragement.
Day Two: Repeat day one, only try to speak today if you didn’t the day before.
Day Three: Repeat and so on…
Your Thoughts and Words Can Change Your Life!
Thoughts Become Obsessions and Obsessions Become Actions!
Yours in positive thoughts…
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