For several years in my life I had a weird habit. During my morning routine, if something negative happened, I would think to myself, “It’s going to be one of THOSE days!” When a second negative thing happened, I knew my day was doomed. Funny thing is I was usually right as I would spend the day looking for the negative.
I was fortunate enough to meet some amazing positive people. They would say things like “You can start your day over anytime you want to!” At first I was skeptical, and ignored the idea.
One morning I was taking a shower, and dropped a bottle of shampoo on my toe. My first thought was, “It’s going to be one of THOSE days!” Then I stopped myself, had the second thought of, “I’m going to start my day all over as of right now.” I continued to do this each time something negative would happen. I repeated this practice over and over. Now my days are no longer doomed!
Neuroscience tells us that neurons that fire together, wire together. When we continue to think certain thoughts, our neurons create patterns. The more energy we give to those thoughts, the stronger those patterns become.
Once engrained, the patterns are hardwired. The good news is that we can rewire our brains. When we recognize patterns that might not be serving us we can replace them with new patterns. The more we practice the new line of thinking, the stronger it becomes. Over time the new thinking will become automatic! This is great news when overcoming unwanted habits.
So ask yourself this question, “Are there any thinking patterns that may not be serving me well?” You may not even realize it, but you have the power to reprogram your thinking.
And you, too, can start your day over anytime you want!