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Cognitive Distortion-Part 2

By Slherrmann
Cognitive Distortion-Part 2
G'day....Welcome to part 2....did you get anything out of Part 1? I would love to hear about your experience after reading!
There is plenty of evidence that shows how our thoughts can create
stress in our lives; stress than can be avoided or diminished if
we learn how to control them. Thus the term Cognitive Restructuring
comes to mind. But what does this have to do with the Law of
The Law of Attraction is commonly linked to new age thoughts;
however, it is based on the premise that states "what we think
about the most, we become."
Therefore, if we want to attract positive outcomes, we must learn
to control our thoughts. This is how cognitive restructuring and
the Law of Attraction are linked. Does it make sense?
The internal dialog that goes on inside our heads is constantly
interpreting, making assumptions, explaining, judging and prejudging
every situation we encounter daily and most of this goes on
The way we think can help or hinder us, we can make things seem
good or bad, better or worse, black or white, threatening or
non-threatening, dangerous or safe, difficult or easy, etc. etc...
you get the idea.
Some of us tend to see common events in a more positive light,
while others tend to view things in a negative way. This thought
pattern creates blockages, obstacles and disadvantages in their
life. So what is a person to do to change these negative habitual
thought patterns?
Cognitive restructuring is a process of recognizing these patterns.
Once they are out in the open, we can challenge and change them
from cognitive distortions to empowering thought patterns. This
process is called cognitive behavioral therapy, and trained
therapists can help you with that.
However, with a commitment to change and the right information,
you can achieve great results without the need of a therapist. It
all starts with the right attitude and making a conscious effort
to implement positive self talk.
Here are a few tips that will help you restructure your thoughts
so you can activate the Law of Attraction with ease:
1. Become Aware.
Make a conscious effort to become the observer of your internal
dialogue. It may be difficult at first but with a little practice
it can be accomplished. Commit for a day, then for two, and then a
week until it becomes a habit.
2. Keep a Diary.
Jot down your feelings and experiences every day for a week. At the
end of the 7 days, read what you wrote and examine your inner
dialogue. Do you notice a negative slant in any of your comments?
It is very possible that the event that caused you to write what
you did may not look as terrible or huge anymore. Armed with your
comments on paper you'll be able to examine your inner dialog.
3. "Stop-Cancel" Technique
The next step would be to bring the practice live by canceling or
stopping your self talk right when it happens. For example, if you
are in a meeting and a coworker that you dislike makes a comment,
you may find yourself thinking something like "here we go again,
the "know it all" is talking again."
Consciously cancel the thought by saying to yourself "cancel, cancel"
or "stop" and switch the thought to a more positive one. Remember
that these thought patters hurt you, not your coworker. If you are
having negative thoughts when you are alone, you should say the words
"stop" or "cancel" aloud for a more powerful effect and immediately
substitute the thought for a more positive one.
4. Soften Your Words
Words are very powerful and they affect us when we hear them, when
we see them and when we speak them. Avoid using words like "hate",
"anger" or "pain". Substitute them for milder words with similar
meaning. For instance, instead of saying "I hate him", say "I don't
like him", and instead of "I have this horrible pain in my leg" say
something like "The discomfort in my leg is strong."
5. Open Your Mind to Change Blocking Statements
If you ever find yourself saying something like "I just can't do
this" or "That is an impossible task", first use the "stop-cancel"
technique and then open your mind to other possibilities.
Empower yourself by thinking of possible solutions to a problem,
think of somebody that has accomplished what you're trying to, and
analyze how they did it. You may want to start with a question like
"How can I tackle this situation" to incite your mind to come up
with solutions.
You can learn to overcome your faulty thinking and negative
programming. It's just a matter of willingness, commitment,
practice and patience.
Yes, it can take time but the rewards are enormous: Cognitive
Restructuring will help you activate the Law of Attraction with
 I don't now about you, but I got a lot out of these last two posts, I found that using the 'stop/cancel' teqhnique works wondrs for me!
Cognitive Distortion-Part 2

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