You must have a clear goal.
2. Allow your negative thoughts to flow out of your mind in any random order. As you feel them, write them down.
3. Before you begin to work on overcoming your negative thoughts, it is extremely important to rank them, from the easiest negative to deal with first, down to the most difficult. Your obstacles are then considered and ranked in descending order of how easy they are to overcome.
For example, if you wish to give a confident presentation on persuading others to implement an idea, you might say to yourself: ‘I cannot do so for four reasons: (1) not enough time, (2) lack of information, (3) lack of confidence in my ability to present and (4) lack of coaching/training on effective presentations’. I would ask you to rank your ‘obstacles’ in descending order of easiest to tackle. Your list would then look something like:
1. I don’t have enough information.
2. I don’t have the time.
3. I have no access to a coach/training programme.
4. I worry about my ability.
The order is designed to produce momentum in the thought process, because as easier obstacles are cleared we become much more motivated in thinking creatively and so eventually produce many ideas to get rid of the very difficult ones. In many cases the most difficult obstacles fall away once we have thought of creative ideas to overcome the easy ones. In the above example, your worry about your ability (your most difficult obstacle) will be solved by successfully overcoming the previous obstacles. As you find answers to these easier obstacles, you will no longer worry about your ability. Thinking in this way has a critical impact on delivering your ideas into action.
Think of a goal you would really like to reach. Now write down all the reasons why you are not achieving it. Be very specific and please be honest enough to write down all the reasons that are stopping you. (For example, some people who don’t go to the gym will write down reasons that stop them, such as: ‘It’s too cold, I’m too tired, I don’t have the right gear.’ They find solutions for all these obstacles, but they still don’t go to the gym. That is because they have not recorded or worked on the real reason why they don’t go to the gym – i.e. they don’t want to!) To change negative thinking into positive action, you must have the courage to record and work on the