Negative messages need to be turned up, but only so you can evaluate them; they are not meant to be cranked up for the rest of your life. The goal of turning up the volume of negative thoughts is so you an really hear what they’re saying and learn to put those messages in their proper context. These thoughts, after all, are a part of you, but you’ve given them far too much power and authority over you. Understanding who you are and how these messages have affected your life is important, which is how you put them into their proper context.
Turn Down The Volume — Once you’ve become familiar with what these messages are and what and whom they come from, then you’re ready to start intentionally turning the volume back down. Turning up the volume on these messages means taking control over them. Turning down the volume on these messages means taking control over them. Learn to control the volume and you learn to control the messages that feed the monster.
Refuse To Listen To Negative Messages — As you work on controlling the volume of your negative messages, you may find yourself saying to those messages, “Yes, I hear you, but I choose not to react to you.” You may find yourself saying, “Yes, I hear you, but I’ve decided to turn your volume way down.”
Replace Negative Messages With Positive Messages — Realize, however, that turning down the volume on the negative may not be enough. You may need to say, “Yes, I hear you, but I’m choosing to listen to positive messages instead.” It may not be enough to rid yourself of negative messages; you may need to fill that empty space with positive messages.
Change The Channel — You may find that you need to treat your mind like you do the radio in your car: if you hear a song you don’t like change the channel! But how do you find that different, positive channel? One of the best ways I know of is to practice being positive. You need to practice being an optimist. A pessimist is someone who expects bad things to happen. An optimist is someone who expects good things to happen.
Anytime you begin to practice a new skill, it seems strange. Because the new skill doesn’t come naturally, you need to concentrate on what you’re doing. The Bible is full of God’s love and his enduring promises. The Bible is the most positive book you’ll ever read and it has the most positive, greatest story ever told.
For too long, you’ve been listening to your own voice of fear coloring your world. That monster you’ve been feeding is loud and demanding. That monster has been growing and growing and taking up so much space in your world that you’ve had difficulty seeing anything positive at all. God is bigger than your fears and more powerful than your monster. God is the eternal optimist. He knows good things will happen, because he has promised those good things.
It’s time to switch to a different channel, a good channel, a God channel. Fill up your mind, heart, and soul with positive, uplifting messages. Surround yourself with positive messages that you can hear and see as constant reminders of God’s love and care for you.
Start and end each day with a devotional thought, a prayer of thanks. Watch for the good God brings into your world. Smell a flower. Kiss a child. Enjoy a sunset. God’s beauty and goodness can be found in the most unexpected places, even within yourself.
Do This for 30 Days:
- Write down three things you’re thankful for today.
- Write three to five sentences about one positive experience today.
- Send a thank-you or word of encouragement to someone in your family, a friend, a coworker, a past acquaintance, or someone who has experienced tragedy.
If you do this for one month, you will notice that you’ll start to naturally look for positive things all day.
Authored by Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE and author of 35 books. Pioneering whole-person care nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Jantz has dedicated his life’s work to creating possibilities for others, and helping people change their lives for good. The Center • A Place of HOPE, located on the Puget Sound in Edmonds, Washington, creates individualized programs to treat behavioral and mental health issues, including eating disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety and others. If you are struggling with emotional exhaustion, The Center is here to help.