In modern society, we can at times have a tendency to worry, and we may need to step back to reflect before moving forward. Rambutan’s apprentice Ed shares his thoughts on this.
Thought is one of the most powerful weapons we possess; we can harness this power, or we can let it rule us. But how do we know when it’s doing what? As humans we often hear a negative inner voice, causing us self-doubt or questioning our ability. At times, these thoughts can become so strong that it may prevent us from doing something in our lives. This is when we need to step back and look at the bigger picture. We can’t stop these thoughts, but we can choose what to do when they happen.
Although thinking is a great and powerful tool, some of us overuse thinking or use it in a negative way. Many people struggle to control their thoughts and get carried away with worry and doubt. As mentioned before we can’t stop these thoughts, but we can work on controlling them.
I used to be a massive worrier and overthinker, but I decided to stop this. I would overthink anytime I wasn’t busy; when I was bored, negative thoughts would pop into my head. My key to controlling these thoughts now is to always be busy. Although this helps me stave off negativity, it doesn’t help me to produce the positive thoughts that I store and thrive off today. My way of creating positive thoughts involves stepping back. When I am in an environment that I love, where I am enjoying myself, I ensure that I take a minute just to reflect on what’s going really well. In the moments when things may seem disastrous, I look at the bigger picture and recognise that, in fact, today is just another day and I’m lucky to be doing what I’m doing.
Why not try and think of your own personal strategies to develop positive thinking and numb those nasty negatives?