Turn Stinking Thinking into Positive Power

Do you love positive, motivating quotes, articles, stories and movies, or do they make you feel worse? If positivity causes you to look the other way it’s because you’re trapped in your own stinking thinking.

Being trapped in negative thinking patterns is the same as being trapped in the weight of addiction… it covers up who you really are under all of that. But you can turn it around. You can turn negativity into positivity by simply changing one simple thing: What you focus on. It’s about focusing on what you want, not on what you don’t want; focusing on what you have, not on what you don’t have.

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Being trapped in negativity is the same as being trapped in the weight of addiction… it covers up who you really are under all of that.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Do you love positive, motivating quotes, articles, stories and movies, or do they make you feel worse? If positivity causes you to look the other way it's because you're trapped in your own stinking thinking. #quotes #life #gratitude #journey

30 Stinking Thinking Phrases You May Recognize

Most people are more negative than they know. It’s just a pervasive environmental and cultural conditioning. Consider these common expressions we’ve all heard, and many of which we may have said.

  1. “If it’s not one thing it’s another.”
  2. “I can’t win for losing.”
  3. “Leave it to me to mess things up.”
  4. “I’ve always been clumsy.”
  5. “I’ve never been good at math.
  6. “I’m overwhelmed.”
  7. “I’m bored.”
  8. “I hate my job.”
  9. “Don’t work too hard.”
  10. “It’s Murphy’s Law… (‘what can go wrong, will’).”
  11. “I’m fat.”
  12. “I’m ugly.”
  13. “Why me.”
  14. “I hate Mondays.”
  15. “TGIF… thank God it’s Friday.”
  16. “My kids drive me crazy.”
  17. “He’s just lucky.” / “I’ve never been lucky.”
  18. “Nothing good ever happens to me.”
  19. “I never win anything.”
  20. “I can’t stand that positive thinking… it doesn’t work.”
  21. “Why should I be positive when I don’t feel positive.”
  22. “The filthy /greedy rich.”
  23. “That’s above my pay grade.”
  24. “We’ve always done it that way.” / “Everyone else is doing it.” (Or not doing it).
  25. “Kids today!” / “Baby Boomers!”
  26. “Good luck with that.” (Said in patronizing tone that clearly indicates they don’t believe you can do it).
  27. “I hate technology… I still can’t even program the VCR!”
  28. “I’ve just always been that way.”
  29. “I’m so stressed.”
  30. “I’m not good enough.”

I’m sure you could add your own to this—already—long list. But here’s the thing: we all have these stinking thinking programs running our systems far more than we realize. Some are obvious and overt and are therefore more easily addressed. But the subtle ones that run incessantly in the background… those are harder to pinpoint, especially within ourselves unless we’re consciously and purposefully working on developing that awareness.

Stinking thinking infects your psyche and compromises your success and happiness in the same way that viruses impair your body or your computer. Happiness begins with becoming more aware of the negative thought patterns that entrap us.

Negativity saps your energy and your life force. Flip it around. Positivity is power.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Do you love positive, motivating quotes, articles, stories and movies, or do they make you feel worse? If positivity causes you to look the other way it's because you're trapped in your own stinking thinking. #quotes #life #gratitude #journey

More Negative than You Know

This is why environment is so important and powerful. To seek out the kinds of people and communities who will encourage our growth and not our stinking thinking. The thing is that so many of these programs run in our subconscious mind as memes we’ve been carrying around for years, without even being aware of it, conditioned by our environments.

Consider this common one we’ve heard all our lives:

“Don’t work too hard.” 

It’s like, “Have a nice day.” It’s just a pleasant, well-wishing kind of greeting, right?  Well… Yeeesss…. but what’s behind that? What kind of social meme is at play?

It’s Subtle Programming:

  • That you shouldn’t have to work hard
  • That hard work is bad
  • To take it easy is better…

Yet hard work is the only way to manifest our dreams. Hard work is what imbues us with self esteem. By definition, self esteem is never truly bestowed from the outside in. Self esteem is like a fire. We provide the wood, and sure, our environment: family, friends and associates can help kindle our flame, but they can only ignite the material we’ve provided by virtue of our efforts.

This isn’t a conspiracy, but it is a deeply subtle social conditioning that creeps into our consciousness to equate not working hard as a state of being to hope for. I wonder what our culture would look like if the meme was something more like:

Have fun working hard!” Or, “Power out on pursuing your dreams!

But even if it’s not a cultural meme in your cultural environment, you can choose it for yourself; your personal culture of enjoying working hard to pursue your dreams.

Once you decide you want to elevate your thinking, get unstuck and be a happier and more successful person… you can.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

When Positivity Rubs You Negatively

We get it. It’s aggravating to have positivity in your face when that’s antithetical to how you feel.

It’s like sitting at Starbucks on treat day, in your “eating cloths”, enjoying your favorite venti frappuccino. You know the one, like the java chip frappuccino that has 22 teaspoons of sugar that used to be my favorite. You’re sitting there enjoying your delicious treat and in walks that fit person in their slim spandex gym clothing and they order a grande black coffee with coconut milk.

If you’re overweight and self conscious about it and know that you “should lose a few pounds”, then it’s hard to look that person in the eye, and suddenly your frapp doesn’t taste quite as good. Or like the friend who’s lost weight and looks great. Of course you’re happy for her, but… her weight loss can cause you to feel the pain of your lack in that area.

Happiness begins with becoming more aware of the negative thought patterns that entrap us.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Surrounded by Temptation

I remember being at a dinner event… the kind with a dessert table with so many scrumptious dessert options. You know how it is. You’re at a dinner you paid to attend and there are so many delectable delicacies that you don’t usually get to have, so why not splurge and get a nice big slice of something wonderful.

But… there was a really fit couple sitting at the table right next to the dessert bar. And of course they were not eating any of it. Their presence thwarted me from that indulgence. In that moment, they served as my conscience for what I shouldn’t do versus what I wanted to do. I just couldn’t just walk by their great example of fitness and discipline, going for a dessert I knew I shouldn’t have when I was already 10 pounds (or so) overweight.

Choose that which supports your highest vision, not your fleeting desire. Then choose it again… and again. That’s how you get to where you want to go.

Your habits become your habitat.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Do you love positive, motivating quotes, articles, stories and movies, or do they make you feel worse? If positivity causes you to look the other way it's because you're trapped in your own stinking thinking. #quotes #life #gratitude #journey

Who You Associate With

In that moment, if I had been surrounded by friends and family who were having dessert, you know I would have chosen to as well. This is why it’s so uber important to surround ourselves with those who are where we want to go… with those who pull us into our future self.

Stinking thinking is the junk food of your mind.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

If Positivity Makes You Cringe…

So it’s the same with positive people and positive messages, quotes and memes. If you’re having a down day or personal crisis, perky, positive messages don’t help in the moment. In fact, positivity can even be a turn off. But, here’s the thing: you know you’re not happy in that state. So… why stay there?

Hal Elrod, the amazingly inspiring young author of The Miracle Morning shared his process of keeping a positive mindset, even after having survived a horrendous accident followed by life threatening cancer. He calls it ‘The Five Minute Rule’, where it’s about taking 5 minutes to be angry, sad, outraged, etc., and then to recover and set about focusing on the positives… on what is good and what can be done to make things better. 1)https://youtu.be/2wXCM8J5Pjs

Gloom is a state you can choose to move away from.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Do you love positive, motivating quotes, articles, stories and movies, or do they make you feel worse? If positivity causes you to look the other way it's because you're trapped in your own stinking thinking. #quotes #life #gratitude #journey

Stinking Thinking is a Habit. So is Positive Thinking.

The thing about habits is they can be broken or redirected. If you’re serious about improving your life by upgrading your state of mind, a great place to begin is in setting goals and journaling your thoughts. Goals can be what you want to accomplish as well as a mindset you wish to habituate. Your habits become your habitat. It takes daily diligence to keep it clean and clear the clutter.

“Man the threshold of your mind and protect it from negativity.”
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

The good news is that if you default to negativity out of conditioning and habit, it’s relatively easy to turn that around. Stinking thinking destroys potential and closes off opportunities. If you’re unhappy, take 5 more minutes to consciously acknowledge that. Accept that, understand that. Then decide to turn it around. You can. You’re the only one who can turn it around for you.

The easiest way to dispel stinking thinking is with gratitude.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

 

Do you love positive, motivating quotes, articles, stories and movies, or do they make you feel worse? If positivity causes you to look the other way it's because you're trapped in your own stinking thinking. #quotes #life #gratitude #journey

Become Unstoppable

If you’re pursuing positivity even if you’re down, you’re on the right track. It’s like exercising when you feel fat. When you’re overweight, you do not feel comfortable in your body and don’t enjoy the sensation of vigorous movement. And yet that’s exactly what it takes to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

Similarly, if you’re uncomfortable, you’re right on track. Don’t dodge the discomfort. Face it down… do the tango with it, and you take the lead. The more you engage your creative mind and put it to work for you rather than against you, the more your life will soar.

Once you decide to transmute stinking thinking to positive thinking, you will very quickly gain more power to do more. It’s like the gym. The more you exercise and lift weights against the gravity of resistance, the stronger and lighter you become. More muscle, less dross… you’ll become unstoppable.

Engage your creative mind and put it to work for you rather than against you, and your life will soar.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Do you love positive, motivating quotes, articles, stories and movies, or do they make you feel worse? If positivity causes you to look the other way it's because you're trapped in your own stinking thinking. #quotes #life #gratitude #journey

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