Stop! Don’t Hug a Tree, Bite a Lemon!

power positive thoughts, positive thinking, positive self talk,

You’ve heard it said often:

your thoughts can become your reality.

Which frankly can sound a bit ‘tree huggy’ if you’re not into that kind of thing.

So try this exercise with me now:

I am showing you a beautiful large and juicy lemon.

It is perfect in shape. Imagine it in your mind’s eye.

Hold it in your hand and feel the lemon skin with your fingers.

Push a nail into the skin and smell the gorgeous citrussy scent.  So refreshing.

Now, with a sharp knife cut that lemon in half.

Take one half and sink your teeth into it, sucking the citrus juices down into your throat.

Can you feel the acid lemon juice cascading down, some falling down your chin as you sink deeper into the flesh?

Are you salivating? Are you wincing at the sourness?

You’ve just had your thoughts become a kind of reality!

Imagine taking the power of your thoughts to help you through life?

Step one is to think about all the unhelpful thoughts you have like “I’ll never get another job/relationship/promotion, I’m too stupid,/thick/fat/slow/ugly/etc. Things like that don’t happen to me.”

If that’s how you’re thinking they probably won’t happen to you. Because if that’s how you’re thinking you won’t be motivated enough to do anything about changing your situation. Your negative thinking will have sapped your energy and your thoughts will end up becoming your reality.

Step two is to turn those thoughts into something which will help you. This post will help.

As ever, I return to my old friend (very old, born AD 55) Epictetus, a Greek Stoic Philosopher who said:

We are not touched so much by events themselves, but by the view we CHOOSE to take of them”

We can’t control all life’s events by merely thinking about them in a certain way, but we can control how we react to them. We always have a choice and I believe choosing to think about life in a positive way enhances all of your life, and the lives of those around you. Try it out today. Oh, and wipe that lemon juice off your chin… ;>)

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Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by

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