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What Are You Thinking? The Path to Mental Excellence

Audrey's desire to help others understand human behavior led her to study psychology. She specialises in Self-Limited Thinking.


Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Life

The subject of thinking is an intriguing one. Our mental excellence begins and continues to grow with the question, "What are you thinking?" As we broaden our understanding of how powerful our thoughts are, we learn to broaden our understanding of other principles. We learn to open our hearts which enable us to live a life of safety, trust, and unlimited creativity.

There is no limit to the amount we can improve upon when it comes to the quality of our lives. It all begins with what we are thinking. This is the path to mental excellence. I will introduce you to four main ways to change your thoughts. You can do it with the following powerful principles and practical techniques.

“I have suffered much in my life . . . and most of it never happened.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Thoughts diagram

Thoughts diagram

"There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

— William Shakespeare

Negative Thinking Can Become a Bad Habit

One of the top causes of negative thinking is worry. We worry about an entire kaleidoscope of possibilities, most of which never happen. What a waste of time and energy. Do we really think that by worrying, things will change? Let me see now. " I'm going to sit myself down and think of all the negative results that may happen in a particular situation. I think I'd better dwell on these negative thoughts, which keep me up at night, because by doing so it just might help."

Are you that powerful? Rubbish! Imagine for a minute that your mind is a garden. You can fill your mind with beautiful flowers, or you can choose weeds that become overgrown and out of control. What will it be? You can"t think about two opposing thoughts at the same time. What ever you focus on will be.

Life is made up of thoughts and how we think is exactly what kind of life we will live. By controlling our thoughts, we determine our actions. We can choose to stay on a path leading us to mental excellence, or we can become a victim of our own negative minds and be miserable.

It's never too late to form good habits. You deserve to lead a happy and fulfilling life. Would you like to learn how to disrupt your negative thoughts? Check out the information below.

"Change your thoughts to change your life."

— Audrey Hunt

Watch your internal dialogue.

Watch your internal dialogue.

An Effective Way to Interrupt Negative Thinking

I'd like to share an effective exercise that I use when a negative thought begins to take hold of me:

  • The instant I become aware that a negative thought is turning into self-talk, I yell, "Stop It." This interrupts my present state long enough to go to the next step.
    Immediately replace the negative thought with a positive one. Repeat this process several times.
  • If yelling stop doesn't work the first time, I repeat the word stop again and again.
  • I immediately visualize something wonderful. A scene in a movie, a favorite song, the ocean, the one you love, something funny—anything works as long as I change my focus.

This will take practice—a lot of practice. I call this "thought stopping," and it works. I find it best to do this for at least 15 minutes several times a day.

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I'm not saying that it's possible to control our thoughts every minute of every day. After all, we aren't robots. We have feelings and emotions. We want to avoid labeling these feelings because when we do, we block our energy flow. Furthermore, whatever we are feeling, it's important to allow ourselves to feel it fully. Repressing feelings can lead to physical health problems.

Look at the chart below for replacing negative thoughts.

Negative Thoughts vs. Positive Thoughts

Negative ThinkingPositive Thinking

I'm just not worth anything.

I'm a valuable person.

I'm just plain stupid.

I'm smart.

I always make mistakes.

I do many things well.

I don't deserve a good life.

I deserve to be happy and healthy.

I have a problem at work.

I have a difficult situation at work.

I am fat.

I honor and love my body.

I am a mess.

I am wonderful.

I will never be able to do this task.

I can complete these steps, which will lead me towards being able to complete the task.

I'll try.

I can do it.

It is what it is.

It is what I choose to make it.

I refuse to lose.

I'm determined to win.

Food for Thought

The first self-help book I ever read was written by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. In his book, The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Peale has this to say about our thinking patterns:

"Feelings of confidence depend upon the type of thoughts that habitually occupy your mind. Think defeat and you are bound to feel defeated. But practice thinking confident thoughts, make it a dominating habit, and you'll develop such a strong sense of capacity that regardless of what difficulties arise you will be able to overcome them."

I could read this quote again and again, and I have. It will forever be my "go-to" book when I need a few sprinkles of positivity.

Loretta Siani, Ph.D., gives this good advice in her book, Everyday Miracles. "If you want to stop any bad habit you can start by laughing at it. To reclaim your power all you need to do is laugh at the absurdity of thinking you don't have it."

Gangrene and Amputation: A True Short Story

James Leonard Kerr (Jim) lay quietly in his hospital bed, waiting to hear what the surgeon had to say about his foot. Jim suffered from type 2 diabetes, and regardless of his careful diet, an ugly ulcer developed on the bottom of his right foot.

He could still picture himself sitting in his brown leather recliner with his feet elevated and his blonde-haired daughter massaging his feet. She was careful not to touch the growing ulcer, which might cause pain to her beloved father.

Suddenly a voice interrupted his short trip back in time. "Hello, Jim. How are you doing today?" "Oh, I am just fine," Jim replied to the familiar face of his doctor. Immediately, the surgeon joined the doctor, trying to muster up a smile. He placed Jim's trembling hand in his. "Jim, the reason your foot has turned black is that gangrene has invaded the entire area, and unless we do something about it, the gangrene will travel up your leg to your heart, and you will die."

Jim was silent for a minute and then asked the surgeon what his options were. "You only have one option, Jim. Your leg will have to be amputated above the knee." At this point, both doctors and nurses were fighting back salty tears. They had all come to love and respect this man who faced unbelievable challenges in his 60-plus years with humor and a huge sparkling smile.

It didn't take long for Jim to respond to what lay before him. "Oh, that's okay . . . don't look so sad. I'll get a brand new leg someday. There's one waiting for me in Heaven."

Jim recovered from his surgery and never once complained of pain or discomfort. As the prosthesis was measured to fit what was left of the thigh area, he was warned that it would take months before he could walk with it. Determined not to let anything stop him, he worked endlessly every day regardless of the pain. He proved the doctors wrong when he walked without a walker or cane in just a few weeks.

Jim is my father. He now resides in Heaven walking with two perfect legs. Through my father's example, I have learned how the power of positive thinking brings joy to one's life regardless of the circumstances. For me, negativity is a waste of time.

Thank you, Daddy.

Some Interesting Facts About Short-Term Memory

  • Short-term memory is a lot shorter than many think. It lasts about 15–30 seconds.
  • There are two types of short-term memory: auditory/verbal and visual/spatial.
  • The capacity for short-term memory is limited to about the number of a seven-digit phone number.
  • Diseases that cause neurodegeneration, such as Alzheimer's, can also be a factor in a person's short-term and eventually long-term memory.

Four Main Ways to Change Your Thoughts

You may be saying to yourself, "It's impossible to change the way I think." Well, it isn't impossible, but it does require some work. I'm referring to repetition. It's through repeating an action again and again that we begin to notice a change in our habits.

In order to change your thoughts, it takes these four actions:

  1. Reflection. Reflecting on past behaviors leads us to judge what has happened in the past, which creates automatic behaviors in the present. Replace this thinking with new thoughts to bring about positive actions. Replace your dwelling in the past by living in the present moment.
  2. Disputing irrational thoughts. If you think to yourself, "I'll never be able to do this," you'll have a feeling of hopelessness. Instead, replace the negative thought with a positive one, such as "I can complete these steps, which will lead me towards being able to complete the task." You will feel more hopeful and will be more likely to engage in the desired behavior.
  3. Being mindful or focusing your attention on the present moment. Begin to look at the world as though you've never seen it before. Avoid the "what-ifs and the should-haves." Keep your attention directed to the present. You will succeed.
  4. Intentionally thinking about positive thoughts or new ways of narrating your lived experience. Our reality is our perception and is perceived through different filters in our minds. As we focus on the positive, we change our feelings and behavior, leading us to the path of mental excellence.

Words Used in Negative Context

Here are some words to avoid in order to be a positive thinker:

  • Always/never
  • No one
  • Everyone
  • Should/shouldn't
  • Must/ought
  • Can't
  • Bad
  • Awful

If You Think You Can't, You're Probably Right

As a vocal teacher, I have found that those who think they can or those who think they can't are usually right. When a client comes to me with a negative attitude, believing that they sound terrible when they sing, they usually do. They may sing off-key or lose control. But when a singer enters my studio believing they can sing, they will give me their best performance. They sing with confidence and joy.

Negative thinking closes the door to progress and possibilities. Positive thinking opens the door to growth, development, and success. When we allow ourselves to dwell on negatives, hurts, and mistreatments, we become negative thinkers.

We have a choice. When we choose to think big and remain positive, we open our horizons. When we think we can't, we close the door leading to all possibilities. Our attitude plays a tremendous role in achieving mental excellence.

And here's one more reason for developing a good attitude. When it comes down to it, positive, optimistic people are happier and healthier and enjoy more success than those who think negatively. The key difference between them is how they think about and interpret the events in their life.

Summing It Up

I'd like to send you on your way with a few key tips to remember:

  • To change your circumstances, first, start thinking differently.
  • It is only our ego that wants us to keep judging, fighting, and striving against others and against life all the time.
  • Give up the need to control.
  • Acceptance is the beginning of enlightenment.
  • The psychological stress of negative emotions has a toxic effect on the immune system.
  • Negative thinking closes the door to progress and possibilities.
  • Use the words "Stop It !" to disrupt negative thinking.
  • Be aware of your bad brain habits. As Dr. Phil says, "You can't change what you don't acknowledge."
  • Use visualization to change from a negative thought to a positive thought.
  • Practice the four ways to change your thinking.
  • Avoid all-or-nothing type of thinking.

Begin now to laugh often and start a gratitude list. These two factors are a powerful key to leading a positive life.

Life is thought, and when we cease to think, we're not living. How we think is the kind of life we live. Since we are able to control our thoughts, we can determine the course of our life and the way we feel during our time here.

Thank you for being here. I invite you to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

"Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too."

— Voltaire


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2015 Audrey Hunt


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 15, 2018:

Thanks, Shyron, for your poetry. Always a pleasure to see you.

Mary Wickison,

I've been in this same position many times. It only takes a second or two, to replace a thought and return to the present. Thank you.

Bette Blaze on December 09, 2017:

Thank you.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 03, 2017:

Here I am just like I said

And positive thoughts are in my head

So much so, I will take those thoughts to bed

And when I wake they will still be in my head



Blessings my friend, I will be back

Mary Wickison from USA on November 03, 2017:

Even earlier today I was doing a chore and worrying about something. I had to keep pulling myself back into the present moment and task at hand.

When we can control our thoughts, we can control our lives.

Thanks for the reminder.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on September 01, 2017:

Hi Mary

These days we can all use more positive reinforcement. Thanks for being here and blessings to you.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 01, 2017:

Hi Audrey,

I am not sure if I have been here before but reading it once more, reinforces the value of positive thinking in me and I do appreciate this.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 02, 2017:

Thank you cherrycrime26. So nice to know that you are on this dynamic, enlightened path. Peace and love to you.

January Moon from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga on February 02, 2017:

Wonderful Article. I love finding new ways to keep my thoughts positive and changing the way I think and feel!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 30, 2016:

Emese Fromm

How nice it is to know you've read my hub. I appreciate your comments very much. Worry causes stress and stress can be a killer. Even more to the point worry does nothing to help the person we worry about. You sound like an amazing person and I'm thrilled to hear you will be following my steps as outlined in this hub.

Would love to know how you're doing and the progress you make.

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. ~Author Unknown

Thanks so much

Emese Fromm from The Desert on August 30, 2016:

I just came across this right when I needed it. I tend to worry, sometimes so much, I can hardly sleep. Not necessarily about myself, but still, I know it is not helping anyone or any situation, but I find it hard to stop... I'll try the steps you have described.

Your father's story is truly inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 15, 2016:

Hi Missy

Each time you share your thoughts through your beautiful poetry and writing it not only helps you, it helps your readers as well. It feels so good to me to know that I'm not alone as challenges rise up before me. And your writing does this for me. I feel 'support' from you (and others here on HP) as I read each word.

I'm learning how important it is to share personal experiences (like the one with my father) when writing my hubs. You do this well. It's one of the things that draw me to your hubs.

Thank you and may joy be yours.


Mel Carriere

I, too, tend to worry too much about what others think. It comes from trying so hard to please my mother during my childhood. I can certainly relate to your dilemma. Maybe one of us could benefit from writing a hub about this. :)

Thanks Mel.


Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on May 15, 2016:

My problem is not so much thinking about whether I can or can't, because I know I can, it's obsessing about what other people will think about what I do. This is what is so difficult to get past. Great hub!

Missy Smith from Florida on May 15, 2016:

Hello Audrey,

Very good hub, such an interesting read. I believe I, myself, try hard to take my negative thoughts and use them in ways, such as my writing, to release them, so they do not eat me up to where my world gets so trashed that I can't grow. And we always need to grow within ourselves. We need to grow in a positive way, even though we are faced with negative outlooks sometimes.

By now, I'm sure you have realized that my own way to do this is by sharing my thoughts with the world through writing and poetry. It has helped me tremendously let go of things that would make me think too much of the negative. I release negative through writing it out, and it just helps.

You also have some useful tips to help others release negative thoughts and achieve mental excellence. I think you have written and shared really good advice here.

What I think I liked about this hub most was; along with all your great advice and the knowledge you also shared through the videos, the best part for me was your personal story about your courageous father. I loved that part. Thanks for sharing. :) ~Missy

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 19, 2016:

Hi Glenn

Great to see you here my friend. Your comments are always valuable. Yelling "stop!" is an on-going process (at least it is with me.) Most of my inner-dialogue stems from concern and compassion when others have problems. I want so much for my family to be happy. I know how good it feels to live with a positive attitude and I want that for others.

But I'm learning that sometimes folks need to 'find their own way' while I practice patience. :) Thanks Glenn.


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 18, 2016:


"Think and Grow Rich" is in my library bearing highlighted paragraphs and worn pages. A great book! Thanks my friend.


It's so much easier to be positive than negative. Thanks for being here.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 18, 2016:

Hi Nell

"A brain like a sieve"... *laughing to myself* a perfect description of my own! Thanks for your appreciation for my father's wonderful attitude.




Thanks for being here. I appreciate your taking time to read my hub and leave your comment. My father was quite a man!

ologsinquito from USA on April 18, 2016:

This is excellent. Jim will have a new leg awaiting him in Heaven.

Nell Rose from England on April 08, 2016:

Beautiful hub Audrey, I think I read it before but as I have a brain like a sieve it was a pleasure to read again, and you dad, well, wow what an amazing man, nell

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 24, 2016:


I'm so happy to see you here. All the way from Manila! Thank you for your nice comment and enjoy the day.


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 24, 2016:


Hello dear friend with the beautiful first name.:). I just love your comment about being over-loaded. I believe this happens to those of us who care so much about others. Here's an example:

I recently made a big move from California to Tennessee. Moving in itself and all that it entails can be stressful. At the same time my sister was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I talk to her by cell phone everyday. This is so hard! Then adding a few more problems...well, you get the picture.

But, you know, I can make a choice to let all this turn me into a negative Nellie or stay on a positive path. Is it easy to choose to maintain a positive attitude? Heck no. I constantly interrupt my inner dialogue to switch gears. I sure understand your feelings of over-load Audrey.

You are a strong, beautiful woman. I wish for you peace and joy. You have my love.

Thank you,


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 24, 2016:


Hi Paula. Well, would you look at me...I've already broke my New Years resolution which was to respond to my Hubs in a timely manner. I, ve just gotta clean up my act. I can no longer blame my old age for this...been old for too long now.

I,m so happy to hear you like my hub. I've looked up to you forever as a writer. So when I get your stamp of's the next best thing to chocolate!

Hope things are going well in your world dear friend. Again, a big thanks for taking time to be here.




Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 24, 2016:

Faith Reaper

Im looking forward to reading your hub on this same topic. Can't get enough of a good thing. :). And the title is the biggest challenge for me.

Thank you so much for being here. You've been supporting me with your lovely comments for over five years. You're a loyal friend.



Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 23, 2016:


I read all your hubs and love the positive delivery you display. Your appreciation for my fathers story means so much. Thanks for commenting.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 05, 2016:


You are an inspiration to me and countless others my friend. Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my hub. And I'm doing just dandy.

Do you know the saying, "If it's to be - it's up to me." ? This is pretty much how I live each day.



Shyron -

Thank you my friend for your kind comments. I'm just thrilled to know this hub brought you meaning in your sweet life.

Hugs and everything good,


mckirdbks -

HELLO you wonderful man! I don't believe a word you aren't saying. :) You are one of the most positive people I know.



Hi Genna

It happens to all of us...keeping those negative feelings from creeping into our thoughts is a full time job. Just ask the writer of this hub. :)

Sending sunshine your way,


Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 05, 2016:

Audrey, this is absolutely fantastic. I will read this over and over again.

The video is wonderful and I will be back to watch it again and again.

Blessings and Hugs my friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 10, 2016:


Finding ourselves in a negative slump now and then is part of being human. As you know, our minds control a large percentage of how we deal with these times. It isn't easy to crawl out of negativity. This is especially true when lack of the right chemicals are the cause. Thank you for participating and keep on helping others my friend.


Thanks so much for sharing this important information. I hope each reader zeros in on your comments. Very happy to see you here. Take good care.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on February 10, 2016:

This is a very useful lesson Audrey. It's so true that "What ever you focus on will be" as you said. I have seen that happen time and time again in my life. And if we focus on negative things, we'll surely make it happen. That's why it's so important to control our thoughts. For that reason I like your solution - when we find we are thinking negative thoughts, shout "stop it" and think of something positive to replace it with. I'll have to remember to do that.

ignugent17 on February 08, 2016:

It is really inspiring. I always tell others to be positive in life and I sometimes fail to do it. Thank you very much for the reminder.

Have a good day. :-)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 05, 2016:

Here is something I much believe in, Audrey. Thoughts do mold our actions, in fact, we become what we think.

Many years back I read a book by Napolean Hill titled "Think and Grow Rich", and it's all about positive thinking and believing in oneself. I fully agree with the points stated by you in this hub.

Sharing this hub.

Cristina Santander from Manila on February 03, 2016:

Indeed an excellent hub. Very rich in information. I appreciated it much. REgards.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on January 09, 2016:

always exploring -

Thank you for your comments Ruby. I appreciate the kindness and the support. You've been here for me for several years (5 0r 6) and always encourage me. I don't take this for granted. And I love your positive nature (and your new photo.)

My best to you!Audrey

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on January 01, 2016:

Hi Audrey - You are a woman after my own heart. The only problem I have is that when too many negative things happen over a brief time, my brain goes into overload. I work all the time on this issue. Maybe this happens as you get older. Your ideas are full of potential and I dearly love them. You are a person filled with wisdom and a beautiful personality. Sharing, Audrey

Suzie from Carson City on January 01, 2016:

Audrey....I bring sincere wishes to you & yours for the Best year ever. After reading your fabulous work here, I know the power of "positive" will prevail in our lives.

I absorbed these videos Audrey and they impressed me with wonderful thoughts of how powerful our mind is. This is without a doubt the PERFECT hub to be read by everyone on the FIRST day of a brand new year!! I see it as a gift and I thank you dear friend!

Peace, Paula

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 31, 2015:

Dear Audrey

This is a phenomenal hub! It's so funny that I have a hub that I wrote a while back on somewhat the same topic but presented in a different manner. I haven't published it yet of course. I am still thinking on the title of all things! LOL

You've done an excellent job here, and God certainly tells us what we should think on to attain perfect peace in our lives. Yes, perfect peace; who w0uld've thought it possible. God says it, so it is so!

Bless you beautiful lady.

Happy New Year to you and yours for continued blessing in this upcoming New Year,

Theresa aka Faith Reaper


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 28, 2015:


I love your comments my friend. I like to remind myself that I have a choice when it comes to challenges. I can either worry myself sick and be negative or I can choose to take a positive approach. It's all up to me. Isn't it wonderful that we do have a choice?

Thank you for reading my hub and responding with good 'positive' comments.


FlourishAnyway from USA on December 21, 2015:

Your dad's story was certainly inspirational. I believe in the power of the mind/body connection and positive thinking.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 16, 2015:

I confess that I have a tendency at times to waffle; swaying to and fro in my decision making, and too often letting the negative sway my thoughts. I'm getting better, but it's a process. Thank you for these wonderful, sage words of advice, Audrey. I believe in the power of positive thinking; I sometimes just need a little push to remind me of not over thinking a thing. Happy Holidays, Audrey. :-)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 14, 2015:

Venkatachari M Thank you kindly for being here and sharing your thoughts on this subject. So glad you liked the videos on brain power. Now, more than ever, we must do what we can to control our thinking. At times staying on a positive path is quite a challenge. But it's up to us to focus on the beauty and good.

Thanks for sharing.


mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 14, 2015:

Hello Audrey. I don't know what to say. But when I think of something, I am sure it will be positive.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 12, 2015:

Beautiful, upbeat and inspiring - I am a firm believer in positive thinking too, dear Audrey.

Hope all is well. Love, Maria

Judy Specht from California on December 12, 2015:

Bravo! I listened to a psychiatrist a couple of years ago who said brain scans show we actually think ruts in our brains with worry. The solution is not to give any real estate to negative thoughts. This is an excellent topic for this time of year.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 12, 2015:

AliciaC - Great to see you and hope the holidays are full of joy for you and yours. Every one of us (including me) needs to be reminded to stop negative thinking. This is especially true in these difficult days with terrorism and all. Thanks Alicia.

Angela Joseph from Florida on December 11, 2015:

Very inspiring article, Audrey. Even though I counsel patients every day on thinking positively I still find myself thinking negatively at times. But like you, I have learned to say "Stop!" when these thoughts invade my mind, and it invariably works. I too admire the wonderful example your dad set for you. Great hub!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 11, 2015:

Very timely article, Audrey. Recently I found myself falling into a negative slump. You've reminded me that I got myself there and I can get myself out.

I found the story about your dad very touching and inspiring. Frankly, I don't know how I'd react to the same situation. I know I'd eventually accept and make the best of it. The fact that your dad had such a positive attitude from the beginning says a lot about his character.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 11, 2015:

You hit the nail on the head with this one. Thinking positive is my moto. It's taken me a long time to reach this truth. Negativity is a real downer. You have some great tips on how to stay focused on good thoughts. Thank you. Happy thoughts!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 11, 2015:

Excellent and inspirational hub!

We need to keep these suggestions in mind on a regular basis.

It is so easy to think in a negative way but if we make up our mind to think in a positive way, the trials of life will be so easy to handle.

Very useful advice and we must try to follow the path to mental excellence by admiring the positive aspects of life and avoid negative thinking.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom! Have a good day!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on December 10, 2015:

Very useful and important topic. You have presented a wonderful approach for pursuing mental excellence. I mostly try to avoid negative thoughts and look at the positive side of things. But not always. I need to improve much more. Your videos are also wonderful. Particularly the power of mind video revealed many facts of the brain power. Most of our thoughts and feelings are results of unconscious mind. So, we need to control them.

Thanks for sharing this intellectual knowledge. Sharing it on G+.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 10, 2015:

This hub is inspirational, Audrey. I certainly need to use some of the techniques that you describe. Thank you for sharing them.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 10, 2015:

Hi Jodah. To read the words "I needed to hear this Audrey," confirms to me "I needed to write this." How wonderful! Most folks I run across tend to over-think the 'what-if' argument. In fact if the truth be known we're all a little guilty of going with this type of thinking. Each of us will benefit greatly as we switch our thoughts to 'can do.'

Thank you my friend.

Diogenes - Hi Bob. You have company. I too was diagnosed with Type2 last year. Controlling blood sugar is a constant process. I've suffered with neuropathy in my feet for years. It's painful and causes falls.

I love your sharing the AA "stinkin' thinkin" phrase. Very happy you are sharing this with us. And congratulations for being "clean" for 32 years. What a triumph! Your mind is powerful.

Happy Holidays to you too dear Bob...sing those Carols.


billybuc - Hello dear friend and amazing man! I've long realized you are a poster-boy for this hub. Your positive mind and nature inspires us all here at hub pages.

About the book. I've been temporarily distracted of late. My younger sister has early alzheimers disease and it's taking a slight toll with me. I'm the only support system for her children. Never-the-less my book will be given my full attention during the next few weeks. I will be visiting my son in Nashville for a month and plan to get back to 'the business at hand.' Thanks for your patience and your friendship.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.


drbj - Oh, Doc, you have me in stitches - (older than soil.) You are in a class by itself and a one-in-a-zillion lady! Thanks for the comments. I love 'em.

Wishing you lots of joy during the holidays.


drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 10, 2015:

I have been a believer in positive thought (and action) my entire life and since I am older than soil, that is a long, long time. I know the power of humor and laughter and utilize it constantly. Thank you, Audrey, for echoing my beliefs in such an entertaining and informative manner. Girl, you rock!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 10, 2015:

I am such a believer in this message. I have always believed the positive thoughts help a person your explanations here, dear friend. Now, what's happening with that book?????

diogenes from UK and Mexico on December 10, 2015:

Hi Audrey: I am diabetic 2, diagnosed last year (I am 76). I admire what your father did and his bravery. It is so hard to control blood sugar and I fear for the future although my feet are OK at present. Interesting article should help some people.

I was in AA many years ago. They make a point about escaping "stinkin' thinkin'" in trying to improve the alcoholic frame of mind. I have been "clean" for 32 years and it was the mind that did it!!

Bob Happy Christmas, dear...lots of carols, eh!?

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 09, 2015:

I needed to read this Audrey. I tend to use the "what if?" argument too much and think of all the pros and cons before deciding on something. I have to change that and only think "can do" positive thoughts. This is a very wise hub, thank you.

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