Journey Monologues (updated): How Deep are your Cowpaths? #affirmations #positivethinking

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A lot of what we normally say and think is quite negative and doesn’t create good experiences for us. We have to retrain our thinking and speaking into positive patterns if we want to change our lives.”
— Louis Hay

What are the patterns that you play over and over again in your head? What thoughts do you have when you are not paying attention? How much have you paved the cowpaths?

We get our default thoughts, about ourselves, others and society, starting way back in childhood. And, unless we are consciously trying to think otherwise, a lot of these patterns and thoughts can be negative.

Recognize these negative self-image thoughts?

“I am not good enough.”

"Nobody cares about me.”

“I am unlikeable."

“I am ugly.”

Or these thoughts from a victim standpoint?

“This always happens to me.”

“I can never get ahead.”

Left unattended, our minds will return to the tried and true patterns we have so clearly defined for ourselves. This is our brain’s default way of ‘paving the cowpath’. We automatically go back over and over to these negative patterns until they are so set in stone we can’t find a way out. These groves become deep. They can start to identify us, even change our personality.

Fortunately, we do have a say on what thoughts we think. Like a computer, though developed with some undesirable default settings, we have the power to reprogram it.

This is where affirmations come in. In an affirmation, you are stating something as the truth. Positive affirmations can begin to reprogram old patterns by creating new pathways in the brain.

“I am good enough.”

“People like me.”

“I love myself.”

“I will make things happen in a positive and abundant way.”

You can start today with a regiment of positive affirmations entirely accessible for you on the Internet, in books or made up yourself. Write some down. Paste them on your mirror.

Don't get discouraged.

Remember changes to your thoughts and patterns won’t happen overnight. You have spent years, even decades creating these cowpaths so building new ones will take some time. And, most likely, you will have some setbacks as your mind continually tries to go back to the default settings. However, with dedication and repetition, you are able to reprogram the baseline thoughts in your mind.

The end goal is when your mind is idle it should move to thoughts like:

“I am happy with who I am and where I am going.”

“Life is good.”

“I am blessed.”

Change your thoughts and change your world!