Our thoughts are a marinade for the mind. Positive thoughts create positive, confident choices and, ultimately, success. But research shows that a full 75% of our thinking is negative, and that can lead to fear, discouragement, and frustration.

The good news is that positive thinking is a specific skill that can be learned and improved upon. Here's how to replace your negative thoughts with more positive ones by creating and using your own affirmations.

Step One
Ask yourself: What about your life would you most like to change? Make a brief list of your most significant life challenges.

Step Two
Narrow down these challenges into specifics. (Example: "I owe a lot of money" becomes "I owe money to credit card companies.")

Step Three
For each challenge, brainstorm all of the possible solutions. Visualize the best possible outcome of your problem.

Step Four
State this outcome in a clear, direct sentence, and keep the focus on specifics. Write your affirmation in the present tense and in a positive way. (Example: "I will pay off my credit card debt" becomes "I can pay off my credit card debt." )

If you find objections surfacing in the form of negative self-talk, restate the objection in the form of a positive thought. (Example: Affirmation: "I can pay off my credit card debt." Objection: "I can't come up with that kind of money!" New affirmation: "I can find ways to earn all the money I need.")

Print your affirmations and place them where you'll see them throughout the day and repeat your affirmations aloud, several times a day, with conviction. Always say your affirmations before you drift off to sleep at night and repeat them again upon waking in the morning, when your mind is most receptive to new ideas.

As you replace your negative thoughts with positive ones, you open your life to more confidence, drive, and success. Try it today and see.

Author's Bio: 

Susie Cortright is the founder of Momscape.com, a website devoted to celebrating life with children. Read her review of behavior modification tapes here: http://www.momscape.com/thinkrightnow/reviews.htm or read more about Affirmations and Positive Thinking here.