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How to Eliminate Distracting Negative Thoughts

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You sit down to work, but thoughts keep getting in the way. Maybe it’s something you saw on the news, or the guy who cut you off in traffic, or irritation you have at yourself for the stupid thing you did yesterday.

Worse yet, maybe those thoughts are all about self-doubt. You’re afraid you’re not up to the task at hand, and so you hear this monkey chatter about how you’re wasting your time because you’re not good enough to get the job done.

Whatever it is that’s bothering you, just write it down. Don’t try to talk yourself out of it or over analyze it, just write it as it flows into your mind and out through your pen or typing fingers.

If you have trouble doing this, set a timer for 15 minutes and just start writing anything. Don’t stop until that timer goes off. You’ll be surprised what comes to the surface after the first few minutes.

For maximum results, do this exercise daily.

NOTE: For the first few minutes after doing this exercise, you might actually feel worse. But that’s okay, because it’s just your body letting all this negative stuff go.

Within 15 minutes you should be feeling better, and within an hour or less you should feel lighter, happier and more optimistic.