Friday, June 3, 2011

How To Detox Your Mind & Motivate Yourself

Are negative thoughts and beliefs preventing you from moving forward with your goals and dreams? If so, detox your mind!

Detoxification most often refers to the process of removing toxins from the body to achieve better health and well-being, but most people don’t realize that their minds can become incredibly toxic too.

How do you know if your mind is toxic? You’ll most often feel powerless, hopeless, intimidated, frustrated, ineffective and stuck. Everyone feels like this occasionally, but if you spend the majority of your time feeling like this, you’ve definitely got toxin overload.

Here’s how to detox your mind:

Purge the toxins

The first step is to find a way to purge the negative thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back. One of the best ways to do this is to write them down. Grab a blank sheet of paper and a pen, and start writing how you feel about yourself, your goals, your dreams, and your life in general. You might end up with statements like these: “I feel so sick and tired of struggling. No matter what I do I can’t seem to make changes. I really think I’m defective somehow because I can’t do the things that other people find so easy. I’m doomed to live a life of mediocrity and lack. I’m powerless to change anything in my life.”

Keep writing until you’ve covered everything you can think of.

Then, create the antidote

All of those negative thoughts and beliefs you just wrote down are literally polluting your potential! Unless you replace them with something more empowering, they’ll continue to control everything you think, say and do.

Grab another sheet of paper and begin writing a positive statement that directly contradicts each negative one. However, be sure you write it in a way that is believable to you. Using the examples from above, your antidote might look like this: “I am absolutely determined to make better progress on improving my life. I can make changes simply by taking one step at a time and believing in my own ability. I am learning new and powerful ways to conquer challenges and move forward. Other people appear to have it easy because they’ve probably been working on this stuff longer than I have. I will eventually reach the same state of confidence and mastery. I know I have the power to learn, grow, and make my life into something meaningful and fulfilling.”

Once you’ve got your antidote ready, destroy the toxins. That sheet of paper you wrote all the negative stuff on? Burn it! Or rip it into tiny shreds and throw it away. Those thoughts are no longer part of your life.

Then be sure to take the antidote every single day! Read your new empowering thoughts as often as you can and do your best to internalize them as your new truth.

Remember, a tiny bit of toxins usually won’t cause big problems, but if they begin to build up over time they can wreak absolute havoc in your life. That’s true with both physical AND mental toxins. By taking the antidote on a regular basis, you minimize the buildup of mental toxins in your mind and automatically empower yourself to do and be more than you ever believed possible.

64 comments:

  1. I've always been someone who deals with problems as and when they start. Don't let it build up and they're a lot easier to control. Just need to be decisive and resolute in your decisions and value your own happiness.

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  2. Really interesting post, very applicable to my.life. I really like your blog very informative keep it up.

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  3. Really nice post!
    Have you heard of the way to "de-switch" your brain? Its kinda important to do because of all the electrosmog covering every one of us in this techno-society..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6KKyPjnhjI

    Not my video btw.. Just spreading the word.. :)

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  4. As always, a great motivating post! Awesome, keep up the good work!

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  5. Finally an actually helpful blog, followed. This is like a free therapist. Thank you. http://brokersbroken.blogspot.com/

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  6. That purgeing thing though sounds depressing

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  7. Great read...Time to clean myself up!

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  8. This is actually a really good idea. Been looking for something like this.

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  9. Just the thing I need at the moment. Thank you for your pieces of advice.

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  10. I keep a folder of inspiration materials to keep me going through difficulties.

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  11. Ok, I'll write it all down

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  12. Great motivation to be more positive and throw away those negative thoughts!

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  13. I've done something like this when I was in 6th grade I believe, writing down all my negative qualities, or burdens on paper, and destroying it. Felt kinda good as I recall.

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  14. Interesting ideas. Toxin ripping sounds fun.

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  15. now that is something i need! thanks for sharing

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  16. Interesting. I should do this once in a while.

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  17. i just ask a shaman to purge my toxins.

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  18. Wow, I had written letters stating how I was feeling when I was frustrated with people, but a more broad approach and a positive follow up is an awesome idea. Will have to give it a try next time.

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  19. oh my God how I need it now - I'm just before exams

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  20. This would be an interesting thing to try sometime.

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  21. i normaly dont follow that kind of "methods"

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  22. I agree with this. It's good to stay positive and this is one of the ways to do it.

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  23. Wow, good stuff, great read.
    I just finished reading your backlog of old posts and decided to follow.

    Keep up to good work!

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  24. i should try this, i usually just bottle my feelings

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  25. Thought this was interesting.

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  26. I agree about getting rid of negative enery. its what my blog is about... thanks for letting me follow you this morning with my COFFEE :)

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  27. Self motivation articles are always interesting.

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  28. Interesting, I'll try and let you know how it goes!

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  29. I LOVE YOUR POST! Very inspirational & it's something we all need sometimes! : )

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  30. Thats very good advice. Often times were all way too hard on ourselves and look at other peoples progress as our own failure. Your blog is awesome!!! Thanks for writing these.

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  31. Lol nice information

    I'll keep this one close to heart.

    Purge the toxins lol?

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  32. This is great advice it makes me feel better just reading it and thinking it over, thank you.

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  33. always nice to read your articles :D
    keep it up!

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  34. I might give this method a try, because at the moment I am very lazy.
    Maybe I can change that, if I write it down and detox my mind :)

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  35. I think I'm gonna try that^^
    Maybe I can stop beeing lazy and become a better person, because lazyness is the toxin of my mind :(

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  36. Very good advice. I have a plan, good intention. Still working on the discipline right now.

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  37. girls motivate me all the way lol then its food.

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  38. interesting buddy, keep it up!

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  39. writing down your negative thoughts really is a good method to creating an antidote to your lfies problems, its always good to prioritize your life. following.

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  40. Pretty interesting theories there.

    +follow http://ellectrics.blogspot.com/

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  41. Might have to try this later, thanks.

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  42. this is officially my favorite blog

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  43. Keep your mind focused, and work toward your goals.

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  44. Good advice man. People often underestimate the powers of positive thinking. And the thing is, once they get in to a habit of thinking negatively, they begin to project that negativity on other parts of their lives, making them miserable.

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  45. Nice post.. it really help me!
    +follow

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  46. I sincerely thank you. this has helped me a lot :)

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  47. I sincerely thank you. this has helped me a lot :)

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  48. really interesting and good advice!

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  49. Hey! I've used this method before. yeah writing stuff on paper helps you get it out of your mind off your chest. it really works.

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