Hip hop rapper LL Cool J said it best, “When I’m alone in my room, sometimes I stare at the wall; and in the back of my mind, I hear my conscience call.”

Maybe you should answer it.

Sometimes, we like to run away from our thoughts; to turn our backs to the dark side of our mind. Rumination follows you, but you run further. Like a nightmare, it won’t end until you face it. Pay attention to what your thoughts are telling you so that you can correct them. You wouldn’t go into a competitive debate with ear muffs, right?

Sometimes we use our lives to escape our thoughts. We either play like we’re too busy with responsibilities to stop and reflect, or we miss our chances for reflection because of constant distractions like our phones, games, social media, etc. These are all excuses to escape the looming negative thoughts in our heads. But wouldn’t it be better to operate without those ruminating thoughts?

There are many ways to improve your positive thinking, but either way, the first step is reflection. What do your thoughts say? What is really bothering you? Go deeper than the base foundation of your thoughts. Attempt to discover why these negative thoughts are here and how we can defeat them for good instead of finding a temporary fix. It is important to know the “enemy” before strategizing an attack.

Your thoughts are the only thing you truly have to yourself. Make sure they’re on your side. Take some time to escape the world and reflect on your thoughts, rather than escaping your thoughts and reflecting the world.

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