Do you have a tendency to focus on the negative? If so you may think that it is really hard to think positively…
If you follow this advice from Brendon Burchard, you will be using System 2 thinking before you know it! What is System 2 thinking, you ask?
Some psychologists divide thoughts into two systems: System 1 and System 2.
• System 1 operates automatically and quickly, with little or no effort and no sense of voluntary control.
• System 2 allocates attention to the effortful mental activities that demand it, including complex computations. The operations of System 2 are often associated with the subjective experience of agency, choice, and concentration. (excerpt from Daniel Kahneman’s book found at https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/kahneman-excerpt-thinking-fast-and-slow/)
We have a tendency to operate out of System 1 thinking, which is where cognitive biases form. But we can make choices to change this habit like successful people do:
…the people who achieve the peak amounts of success, the highest performers in the world, say differently. They say, You know what, I need to discipline my mind to support me even when it comes up with automatic immediate thoughts. I want those to be positive, buoyant, confident and strong, something that leads me to healthy decisions for my life, not just things that protect me. read more at success.com
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