By recognizing and controlling the thoughts we have, we can control our actions and affect our behavior. This process can be used when attempting to break a habit, to overcome a pervasive negative mood or in developing a more optimistic explanatory style. Write down how you are feeling or what you are thinking and then question where these thoughts or feelings came from. Try to recognize patterns and reinforced unconscious behaviors. Pay careful attention to thoughts that carry personally negative connotations. After writing this down try to look back and re-frame your mental responses.
Is your inner editor annoying you? Try writing down what he/ she/ it says.
This removes the emotional charge from negative thoughts and transforms your inner editor from an ogre into a buzzing insect you can ignore.