A reader writes in with a fantastic question:
I read your article “Disobeying Fear.”
I don’t want to soak up your time because I know you’d be busy at the moment with all that’s happening, I just wanted to get your opinion on my two greatest fears, and how I could disobey these fears:
– Getting terminal cancer
– Ending up in jail
Even though there’s nothing in my life currently that would suggest either will ever happen, they are still my greatest phobias.
I answer that question in my latest podcast.
Thoughts have energy. They have weight. Examine the metaphors hidden in language. That was a weighty thought.
Do not allow your thoughts to increase their speed. You give them momentum and energy when you ponder them.
Have you heard, “spiral out of control”?
This may sound like New Age nonsense. The Astrophysics of Thought by Dr. Pseudoscientist Cernovich.
That’s not the case at all. Again, study the use of language. Study the use of metaphor.
1. Stopping negative thoughts doesn’t work.
Avoiding negative thoughts is the best strategy.
2. Monitor your thoughts.
Where are you when negative thoughts appear? What time is it? Is it at night-time? (That’s when my negative thoughts come. There’s about 5-30 minutes each night before bed when I question everything I’ve done. I sometimes feel sick to my stomach.)
3. Change the direction of thoughts.
Think about something else. Go for a run. Sprint down the street. Do something other than what you’re currently doing.
4. Do not let others take you down “dark alleys” of negative thoughts.
Your family, friends, and others may try bringing you down to their level. Disown your family if they bring you down. People who love you want to raise you up.