Our thoughts can be likened to energy, the effects are far-reaching and are transferred to all aspects of our mental and physical being. Every thought that enters our mind has the potential to alter how we feel, how we see the world, our reactions and what actions we choose to take.
Positive thoughts will have a nurturing effect on our beliefs, feelings and actions. They will help to create peace, happiness, clarity, enthusiasm and opportunities. Negative thought patterns have the opposite effect and restrict our lives in many ways, leading to anxiety, stress, inefficiency and difficulties in fulfilling our desires.
Many of our thought patterns and behaviours are learnt during our early years. Exposure to negative messages is frequent for most. Words and suggestions which are critical, disempowering and deconstructive such as "can't", "don't", "you're naughty", "silly" and "no", can lead to feelings of insecurity, self-blame and low self-esteem. Children will usually accept what is told to them by their significant others such as parents, siblings, teachers, peers, and when they are older, the media.