How to refute negative thinking & maintain a clear mind.
Its important to realize that thoughts are just thoughts; they don't make you what you are. Actions do that, plain and simple.
Realizing that thoughts are just thoughts is our first step, and it is a BIG one! Taking control of our thoughts is the second step; it is very difficult, but it is THE most important step for us to take.
When we become aware that we are thinking negative thoughts it is really important for us to fight against them by saying, "No, that's not true. I am a good father, worker, husband (or whatever the case may be)." Dr. Albert Ellis, one of the most widely renown and respected psychiatrists of modern times, founded his approach to therapeutic intervention with clients based upon this concept of thought refutation.