“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”
For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction. A lot of people suffer from this affliction because negative thinking is addictive to the mind, the body, and the emotions.
You will be amazed by how many negative emotions you feel are a automatic reaction. We have trained ourselves to reach for ‘negative emotions’ as a way of defending against our bigger insecurities.
Like any addiction, negative thinking gathers momentum with daily use. You may be a person who has been predominantly thinking negative thoughts since your childhood, so now it has become a habit, an established way of thinking.
If you find that you are constantly dissatisfied and complaining about what you have not yet achieved, or your situation. Try instead to look for something positive underneath your complaints.
It is clear to me that the problem of emotional control reflects the problem of people in general: we tend to live as if our lives are determined by circumstance, by things outside our control. This passive stance towards life leads us to the feeling that we are victims of circumstance or fate.
We tend to get so used to things happening to us that we forget that we can control our own lives. We do not need to be at the mercy of our moods and feelings; instead, we can begin to learn to recognise them and take control.
‘Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life.’