Here is a thought conditioner that has really helped me, because it changed the way I think:
The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. —Job 3:25
All my life, I was a pessimist. In each situation, I anticipated that the worst would happen. I would plan for catastrophe, just in case. I think this was some way of protecting myself – I would be prepared if disaster struck.
When I read this thought conditioner, I realized that my lifelong negative thinking had not been helpful. Instead of preparing and protecting me, it had made me set myself up for failure. By expecting the worst, I often took steps that brought my negative thoughts into reality. My fears became a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy.
This thought conditioner helped me to understand the negative effects of my fearful thinking. As I began to memorize this scripture, I began to believe the words I was learning and started to change my pessimistic thinking. I began to imagine positive outcomes to situations, instead of dwelling on negative potential. I stopped praying that disaster would not happen, and started to pray that blessings would.
It has taken me a long, long time to break the habit of expecting the worst, of fearful thinking. I still occasionally struggle with this. But, for the most part, I now expect good outcomes to almost every situation. Where I formerly expected to fail, I now expect to succeed. Where I used to see darkness, I now see light. Where I feared the unknown, I now embrace the unexpected. Amazingly, I now actually experience more positive outcomes. I can feel my creative juices flowing now that I am not living in fear.
Instead of dwelling on the things that I fear, I keep looking for grace and blessing in every situation. I rely on my faith and trust in God. I feel as if I am attracting positive energy by expecting positive outcomes. Instead of running away and hiding from the things I fear, I am running toward the glorious future that I now expect to encounter.