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5 Tips for Changing the Way You Think

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"I Will Think Differently, I Will Think Differently"
Approach your thinking with the same determination you'd give anything else.
Approach your thinking with the same determination you'd give anything else.
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Some people believe that the best way to help yourself change the way you think is to tell yourself -- repeatedly -- to think a different way.

The idea isn't new. In fact, it's very, very old. Most religious practices involve the repetition of prayers, appeals or affirmations. Militaries across the world demand that recruits change the way they think, and use chants, cheers and oaths to help do so.

You may decide to choose a very specific mantra -- "Public speaking is fun!" -- or something a little more broad, such as "Live in the moment." As long as your mantra or affirmation isn't grounded in the status quo ("Nothing must change, nothing must change"), it may help you change the way you think.

But choosing a mantra isn't enough. It's important to take time each day to review and repeat the catchphrase, or you won't give its message time to sink in. Try to repeat it throughout the day whenever a situation presents itself that challenges you.

Next: Do differently, think differently.


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