Negative Thoughts Fast

Last Updated On: June 5, 2017

Would you believe me if I told you that you can improve your life drastically by just following a simple negative thoughts fast for ten days? Yes, ten days is all it takes to see amazing results!

negative thoughts fastYou know that your life can go from suffering and merely getting by to happy and exceptional by focusing on positive thoughts rather than problems and the constraints of your challenges, but… how do you do that in a way that sticks over the long haul?

This “Ten Day Negative Thoughts Fast“, was created by Emmett Fox, a  sought-after self-help authors and speakers of the early 20th Century. It is a real adventure and you can reap many benefits from it, but only if you follow the rules precisely. Here they are…

Ten Day Negative Thoughts Fast

1. You must be diligent

If you break any of the rules, you’ve got to start the ten days of negative thoughts fast over. To get the full benefits, it is essential to follow through and complete the fast in ten consecutive days. Notice the keyword is “consecutive.” This is because giving up negative thoughts is a little like taking an antibiotic. If you don’t take the full dose for ten days, your infection will not clear.

2. Become aware of negative thoughts

You’ve got to train yourself to recognize a negative thought immediately as it shows up. As soon as you become aware of your negative thought, decide not to engage in it. You should not remain in a negative thought and its emotional state for more than five minutes; and ideally, you’ll want to shorten the minutes as the days pass. Five minutes gives you plenty of time to become aware of what’s going on in your mind and put a stop to it consciously and on purpose. And, don’t forget… even one instance of lingering to a negative thought for more than five minutes will mean that you have to start all over again.

3. Focus on solutions

When you catch yourself having a negative thought, start contemplating possible solutions right away. This means that you’ll switch your negative thought into a problem solving mode. If you are like most people, you’ve probably had the same problems for a while, so this is your opportunity to experience change by switching your focus instead of dwelling on what’s wrong.

That’s it! Those are your 3 rules to follow for a negative thoughts fast. It sounds easy, but I must warn you… it is misleading. Don’t be surprised to discover how challenging it is to give up negative thoughts! Our tendency is to believe that worrying helps us in some way, but if that was true, why is it that your situation has not improved yet? When you’re faced with a negative thought (and you’ll have many in your lifetime!), your choice should be to direct your thoughts to possible solutions, even if they seem silly at first! Ask yourself, “What could I do to solve or improve this challenge?”  The point is to immediately start focusing on possible solutions and positive options. You will notice that the more you ask yourself, the better answers you get because your brain builds new connections to find more alternatives.

When you do the negative thoughts fast for ten days, you’ll start forming the habit of identifying your negative mental patterns and switching them to a focus on possible solutions to your challenges. And if you choose to continue after the ten days are completed, the habit will become permanent and it’ll only require a minimal amount of maintenance. At the end of the day, it is all about conditioning and training your mind.

Remember, you’re learning to focus on solutions. Do you best to fill your mind positive thoughts regularly and there will be no room for the negative stuff. However, you might need several attempts to complete the full 10 day negative thoughts fast. In all honesty, it’s common to have numerous slips at first and a few others later in the process. Don’t beat yourself over it. Remember that everything that requires change takes time. Just realign yourself and make the best out of your thoughts. Don’t give up. The results are well worth it.

Will you try  the ten day negative thought fast adventure? I challenge you to see if it doesn’t change your life! Start the process today and change your life for the better. Bookmark this page and come back to share your results. Can’t wait to hear!

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20 Responses to Negative Thoughts Fast

  1. Visioneering Lifestyle April 21, 2015 at 3:14 AM #

    Diligence. Self-awareness about negative thoughts. Focus on solutions to stop negative , unhelpful thoughts. We have been acting on them without realizing it, and find our lives liberating. I think I will take up your 10-day challenge! I will read and meditate on inspirational stories and Psalms. I will replace bad thoughts about myself, like, blaming myself for past mistakes and failures. And focus on solutions to moving forward with my life fulfilling my inclinations and helping those around me.

    You are right. This Fast is going to be an adventure!

    • Tammy April 23, 2015 at 5:26 PM #

      Awesome News! Yes, it will be fantastic. Wishing you the best 🙂

  2. Sophie April 21, 2015 at 11:26 PM #

    You are so right! I had tried this before, not the 10 days but actually just for a couple of days, and sooner or later I notice the negative pattern crawling in… haha! But I guess it is a matter of perseverance and practice, like every other thing, and well worth the result if one can actually do it for 10 days.

    I followed your link on ‘thoughts’ and the Think Right Now! program intrigues me. I’m thinking of getting it and see how it goes. Thank you.

  3. apsuccess April 22, 2015 at 6:17 PM #

    Even though there are just three steps to follow, they are powerful steps. I would like to do this fast. Just realizing your thoughts is progress and the part about switching to solution mode is so empowering. It not only is positive thinking, but puts you in the mode of positive action. I will let you know how it works for me.

    • Tammy April 23, 2015 at 5:29 PM #

      Yes, please share your outcome with us. Go for it. Wishing you the best! 🙂

  4. Stephan April 29, 2015 at 11:14 AM #

    Thanks so much, Tammy, for sharing this. This is helpful. It’s true that being negative has a huge impact on our lives, and that, by preventing it and smiling at things instead, lots can be changed and achieved.

  5. pafjlh May 9, 2015 at 12:04 AM #

    This isn’t easy to do to adopt the method of not having negative thoughts especially for 10 days. It can also be hard to keep a postive attitude when the problems of day to day life continue to creep up on you. Its great to be able to think positive to adopt ways for solutions. But some problems can be pretty tough to take in. Don’t get me wrong I am trying to adopt a more positive attitude part of the reason why I have started to read your blog, but reality still have a way of coming in to get the better of me. I am trying though and I have been able to identify negative thoughts, and trying to brush them away.

    • Tammy May 13, 2015 at 9:33 PM #

      You are right; it is not as easy but practice makes perfect, and if you stick to the exercise, it will eventually become second nature to you. The benefits can be staggering, so don’t give up! 🙂

  6. dano May 9, 2015 at 11:06 PM #

    This is what I consider handy advice. Negative thoughts can take your entire day over if left unchecked. These tips you have provided here are just a few truly effective steps that can break the pattern of negative thinking.

  7. EditorsRHumansToo! May 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM #

    It helps with my countenance to fully enjoy peace by having regular conversations with myself. And accepting myself for who I have become after a good self-awareness checklist. Talking my day into believing in myself. Beating the negative I-can’t-do-it-anymore about myself for my past mistakes and failures, should be part of my meditation. The “Ten-Day Negative thought Fast” is an inspiring idea for renewing my thought patterns at least, every end of each week.

  8. Andrew L May 22, 2015 at 9:37 PM #

    Good post! My problem has always been on a sub-conscious level with removing my negative thoughts, as I often do not realise that I’m thinking negatively until it is simply too late. I’ve considered the possiblity of starting a ‘thought diary’, an interesting idea that I read/heard about recently, which could help me to become more conscious about my thoughts and the impact they’re having on my life. I will be attempting this 10 day process and I will return with my experience.

    • Tammy May 23, 2015 at 11:53 PM #

      A “thought diary”… what an excellent idea, as long a you write your thoughts with the intention you state and not to prejudge your thinking. Give it a try and if you feel like it, let us know how it goes.

      You may also want to read this article on Scripting. It may give you some ideas too!

      All the best! 🙂

  9. Lilly Smith August 2, 2015 at 6:13 PM #

    This forum really interests me. I have been fighting depression for the bigger part of my adult life. I have always felt I was a lost soul, floating around with no place to land, no place for happiness. I am not a huge fan of medications, although I do take a mild medication for depression and learning how to control your thoughts is a HUGE part of getting out of the depressed mode. So far I have not been successful at it for more than a few hours a day, but it does help. I am interested to hear from other who might suffer depression as well.

  10. thinker013 August 6, 2015 at 8:25 PM #

    I have always been more of an optimist than a pessimist, though there are times on a regular basis that I find myself thinking negative thoughts. I have always tried to see the silver lining in the thought or find the positive reasoning behind it. This really helps to change your attitude in general.

    I have rarely actually gone into problem solving mode over a negative thought, only doing it if it is something “big”, but I like this idea of doing it with every one. I am going to start using it in conjunction with finding the positive in the negative and see how much better things get from there.

  11. Robert Cambell August 21, 2016 at 9:27 PM #

    This sounds like a fun experiment that I believe I first heard about in one of Anthony Robbins’ books. Needless to say, as someone who knows just how many negative thoughts occupy their mind-space, I’m sure that this will prove challenging but worthwhile should I manage a full consecutive 10 days! Wish me luck.

  12. nytegeek September 13, 2016 at 1:14 AM #

    It is an interesting concept, but I’m not sure if it is attainable for me. I guess it depends on what you define as negative thought. I try to maintain a realistic approach rather than being overly negative or overly optimistic. I can see how this approach may work though.

  13. Maria Gallegos January 28, 2017 at 8:43 AM #

    I think it was very necessary that you put diligence as the number one thing on this list. My biggest problem I have when I try to get through negative thoughts is actually keeping up with doing it. These bad feelings plague my mind constantly and it takes all my might to ignore them and keep trying to think positively. I will do my best at this and as Andrew L. suggested I will also keep track of things in a diary. Not too sure how successful I’ll manage to be at this, but I will give it a shot and hope it goes well!

  14. Phoenix March 1, 2017 at 11:24 PM #

    Great article! I’ve tried a similar challenge to this, and it did produce results, but the problem is my brain, like most people’s I assume, is set to a worry default. If I do not constantly stay on top of my thoughts, they’ll go to the default setting and start worrying about one thing or another. You are spot on when you mention diligence. One thing that I’ve found that helps me is keeping a Gratitude Journal (I forgot where I got this idea, but it wasn’t originally mine.) Before I go to bed, I write for a few minutes about all of the things I am grateful for, big or small. Then I get in bed, close my eyes, breathe deeply, and think about the things I had just written and try to feel the feeling of gratitude. It took a few times of practice, but it turned out to be a wonderful way to relax myself and fall asleep with a feeling of peace and gratitude.

  15. Dawn O. March 18, 2017 at 2:53 PM #

    I suffer from negative thoughts daily. It is a plague in my life and I am ready to take the challenge! I can often recognize the negative thoughts but have trouble replacing them with positive ones. My mood and over all demeanor are badly affected with my negative thoughts. I hope to start this challenge and complete it! Sticking with a challenge has been a problem for me but I want to be a more positive person and therefore, I will try my hardest to complete this challenge! Thank you for the read!

    • Tammy March 21, 2017 at 2:19 AM #

      You’re very welcome, Dawn. It can be a challenge at first, but if you stick to it, many positive things will happen. If you remember to drop by over here again, please share of your experience. Best!!

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