A while back I wrote about how a thought is “little more than nothing” so all that matters is whether it’s helpful, not whether it’s true.
- Sing the thought to the tune of Jingle Bells or Happy Birthday. This one has been killer for me. It makes the thought feel like a silly story instead of reality. 🎵 I suck at, I suck at, I suck at my joooooob. 🎵
- Mentally add “I’m having the thought that…” to the beginning. So instead of “they’ll think I’m stupid if I ask this question,” try this: “I’m having the thought that they’ll think I”m stupid if I ask this question.”
- Picture the thought being said in the voice of a cartoon character. Cartman is my go-to because my Cartman voice is spot on, but a classic like Elmer Fudd would be good too. “You’ll never be muscular” (for example) carries a lot less weight coming from him.
- Name that story. Something like: “Oh, I see, it’s the old ‘You’re Gonna Screw Up Your Presentation’ story again! Such a classic.” Great for hammering in that it’s nothing more than a story your brain is telling.
Those have helped me lately. But if all else fails, remember that you’re going to be dead someday.