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Turn negative thoughts into more positive ones

Posted June 24, 2006

Q. I have negative perceptions of my child, and now he does, too. Can I change this? -- I. C., Boca Raton

A. I firmly believe that a continuous stream of negative thinking will influence your child's self-image. You can change this by becoming more conscious of the thoughts you think and the words you use.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox said, "Thoughts are things endowed with wings." Studies in quantum physics teach that every thought leaves an energetic imprint -- both in the thinker and the one being thought of.

Here are a few steps to help you catch your negative thoughts and redirect your thinking more positively. You can use this in every area of your life.

Begin by listening to your inner conversations. Many people are unaware that they are continuously thinking. You may prove this to yourself by catching your first morning thought. Watch where it goes and you will see that thinking happens independently of your intentions.

Listen consciously to your mind and its chatter. Identify the negative thoughts you hold about your son. Think of your mind as a computer and when you notice your negative thinking, say to yourself the words, Cancel-Clear. Tell yourself the thought has been obliterated and proceed to replace it with a positive affirming statement.

There is good news: With conscious effort and a commitment to see the best in your child, his innate goodness will emerge, and your perceptions will become a positive influence.

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