Chapter 40

Throw Out Self-doubt and Negative Thoughts

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we often might win, by fearing to attempt.”
-- William Shakespeare

First let’s find out how negative thoughts and self-doubts become imprinted in our minds. After that, we’ll explore a way to stop them. Having negative thoughts about yourself is never productive. Even worse, by repeating these negative thoughts over and over again, they become deeply imprinted into your subconscious mind. Soon these negative thoughts become the facts that you believe to be the truth about who you are. They start to define you. This will have a damaging effect on your self-esteem.

Question: How do these negative thoughts imprint and amplify?

Answer: If I ask you what is 4 x 5, you would probably automatically give the correct answer. This is because your math teacher, by constant repetition, imprinted the times tables into your subconscious mind. In the same way, negative self-thoughts are also imprinted into our subconscious minds.

Each time you think something negative about yourself, a threefold amplification of the negative thought occurs in the following way:

  1. You make the first imprint in your subconscious mind when you think the negative thought.
  2. You make the second imprint when you say the…