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  • Writer's pictureMairead Molloy

A Better You#2

Changing Your Internal Dialogue..

Once you have become more aware of what you are thinking, and the kinds of patterns that your thoughts tend to make, you can then do something about changing them, if necessary.

👉Think Positively, not Negatively It is easy to fall into the trap of ‘beating yourself up’ internally, and criticising yourself all the time. Looking for ways to improve is good, but blaming yourself because you have failed to achieve is not. One way to do this is to consciously change what you are thinking. If you ‘hear’ yourself thinking something negative, focus on something positive instead. For example, instead of thinking about what you did wrong, think about what you will do differently next time, or what you have learnt, or even what you did well.

👉Try to Live in the Present Your internal dialogue often tends to focus on the past (‘What might have been’) and the future ('What might be’). Focusing on the present therefore both quietens your internal dialogue a little, and also helps you to concentrate on, and appreciate, what is happening now.

👉Be Grateful for What You Have One way to change the direction of your thoughts, and particularly to prevent yourself from wanting more or less is to think about what you have to be grateful for. This helps you to be more positive, because you are looking for the good in your life.

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