Authored by Staff Writer at Stillness in the Storm
Jujitsu, also known as the martial art of flexibility, can also be applied to your thought life to defend yourself against negative internal dialogue and attack thoughts that are violating your self-esteem and well-being.
Mental jujitsu is an exercise in reflection where you can deactivate negative and useless thoughts. It’s a simple strategy that we should all apply for an obvious reason: most of us deal with that exhausting internal dialogue that likes to erode away our potential. These mental wars could be reduced if you decide to use this interesting resource.
Mark Twain said, with his own unique style of humor, that his mind must be quite prodigious, because of the fact that he had to have so many hard-fought battles with it in order to stop it being his enemy. There’s a lot of truth in this reasoning. People are eternal captives of mental reasoning that doesn’t always work in their favor.
In that internal overgrown garden, there’s an abundance of phrases like “I can’t”, “I have to” and “what will others think of me if I do or say this?” It isn’t easy to deactivate them or tear them out of your personal terrain like weeds.
The reason is a very simple one: they’ve been with you for many years. Your negative internal dialogue is like an uncomfortable travel companion that you’ve given too much power too. However, it is possible to free yourself from it. These simple techniques will help you carry out this essential task.
“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
3. Tear down the thoughts that harm you
The third mental jujitsu strategy requires you to be a little more forceful. The goal is clear: to tear down the useless reasoning. Tearing down the ideas that immobilize you is also necessary, as well as getting rid of everything that hurts us and slows down our ability to be happy, free, and emotionally mature. So, how can you tear down negative thinking? Here are some guidelines:
- Detect the harmful thoughts that affect your well-being.
- Confront them and turn phrases like “Don’t show up for that job interview because they won’t take you, it’s not worth it” into:
- Is there any real reason why they wouldn’t take me on?
- What’s the problem with simply trying?
- What’s worse: having made the effort or staying at home trapped in my fears and insecurity?
- Discard, tear down, and replace: The idea that it isn’t worth going to that interview isn0t at all useful to me. For that reason, I’m going to stop letting it take over my thoughts. Instead, I’m going to replace it with another one: “I’ll go to that interview, I’ll do my best, I’ll feel comfortable, and I’ll trust in myself. That way, I’ll be able to take pride in what I’ve done”.
To conclude, as you can see, mental jujitsu can be really useful if you work on these strategies on a daily basis. Investing time and effort into cultivating a more healthy, confident attitude, free of irrational thinking, will allow us to have a happier and healthier outlook on life.
Source: Mental Jujitzu
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