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Episode 44: Stop that Stinkin’ Thinkin’

 

On today’s episode, Joe and I talk about how our negative thoughts can spiral out of control, how that can leave us in a rut and how to change that stinkin’ thinkin’!

Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Shows Up in Many Areas

In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article regarding research about human thoughts per day. The average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80%  are negative and 95% are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before and about 80% are negative.

So where do these thoughts show up?

  1. Health & Wellness
  2. Family
  3. Environment
  4. Job
  5. It Can Show up Anywhere!

3 Things to Do to Start to Change Negative Thinking

It take works and consistent effort, but just like Holly told us in Episode 22 consistently practicing a new thought pattern is well worth it and does work!

  1. Located the Misbelief
  2. Remove It
  3. Replace it with Truth

Sounds so simple, right? But it is harder than you think! For Joe and I, we base our truth on who we are as children of God. Who does the Bible say we are, how can our spiritual faith guide us to replacing the misbelief we are telling ourselves with the truth of what really is?

It does take consistent practice, and I don’t think it is something that just stops showing up in your life – but with effort, when negative thoughts are on the loose you can keep them at bay by following those simple three steps.

Resources Mentioned in the Show

https://proverbs31.org/listen/podcast/full-podcast/2021/06/15/breaking-free-from-the-spiral-of-negative-thinking
https://faithhopeandpsychology.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/80-of-thoughts-are-negative-95-are-repetitive/
https://www.jennieallen.com/gooyh
https://www.craiggroeschel.com/books/winning-the-war-in-your-mind

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