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Posted: September 02, 2011

How to can the head trash

Stop being your own worst enemy

Teri Karjala

The desire to help everyone, the motivating force behind health care professions, is often the same force that presents challenges when trying to create a profitable business.

The challenges we face as health care professionals, businesspeople or even individuals can begin within our own minds. Our challenges and negative thoughts, if not dealt with appropriately, can fill our head with trash.

So what is this "head trash" that I'm talking about? Head trash is the self-sabotaging process we put our minds through everyday. Head trash begins with negative self-talk, which inevitably destroys our self-confidence and ultimately destroys our dreams, one swift step at a time.

 Does this sound familiar? "Who am I kidding, I can't possibly do this!" Or the brief whisper you mumble when faced with failure, "I'm not good enough." What about the all the gloom surrounding the economic environment? "It's a terrible economy, I'm just going to lose more money and no one is going to buy my products or services anyway."

It's uncanny how the world of psychology and business appear to be parallel, yet constantly collide. Our internal thought process is so receptive that information is easily transferred and influenced by our ego, which often times is founded on fiction not fact. Our internal psyche directly impacts our external being. What you think, what you believe and what you see, is what you bring forth in your outside world. Take time to perform an internal check and view the world you're living in, what aspects do you dislike? Review your personal thoughts surrounding this dimension of your world and stop giving it power.

The quest to eliminate head trash is a personal journey that you must master by determining what works best for you. Here are some strategies to help you along the way:

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is one of the most effective ways I have found to eliminate head trash. EFT is best described as acupuncture without the needles and pinpoints specific areas in your life associated with underlying self-sabotage.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) takes an organized approach to figuring out solutions to issues that are creating dysfunctional behaviors by setting goals to alter behaviors associated with negative emotions.

Grounding Exercises is a technique used to bring your mind back into reality during a time of overwhelming stress or panic. These exercises require you to focus on objects outside of yourself in order to transition your mind into a better place.

Thought stopping is literally directing your mind to stop right in the midst of negative thoughts. By telling your brain to stop you're interrupting a negative thought pattern which in turn allows quick replacement with a positive thought.

Staying in the present moment is a technique requiring you to absorb all of your thoughts and senses into the here and now, focusing on what is truly happening at this very moment, not allowing your mind to drift into the past or your unforetold future.

Keep a thought log as a way to document your negative thoughts in order to become aware of negative thought patterns. This way you will be able to detect what triggers negative thoughts and can stop them in their tracks.

Surround yourself with a positive support system. If you're around people who are inputting positivity into your life, the outcome will be more positive thinking.

Find evidence to support your ideal situation by looking for the positives; centralize your mind on these things instead of what you're afraid of.

Finally: Always be grateful and look for a rainbow at the end of your storm. Remember, life is what you make of it. Head trash left unemptied impairs vision and sets limits built by fear and failure upon your destiny. Utilize these strategies or find another avenue that works better for you aiming to rid your mind of head trash, because in the end, you hold the keys to unlock personal success.
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Teri Karjala is owner of the Creative Counseling Center, LLC, as well as Talking With Teri, LLC. Teri’s passion for the business aspects of owning and maintaining a business has made her a sought out coach by others in the helping fields. She is a regular columnist for ColoradoBiz Magazine and speaks to therapists across the nation in building their thriving practice. Recently she has released her “How to Live Deliciously” Creative Journal Series to help inspire and empower adults, teens, and children. These are available in print at

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Readers Respond

Thank you, TC and Alexia, your positive feedback is greatly appreciated. If you would like to know more about EFT you can come to my upcoming workshop, for more info please visit By Teri Karjala on 2011 09 06
Teri, thanks for your comprehensive list of ways to deal with head trash. Between 90 -100% of each audience I have ever asked (CEOs, sales professionals, executives, elite athletes) have indicated that they have negative destructive thoughts they would like to not have or gain control of. Keep teaching ... it's needed and wanted. By TC North on 2011 09 04
Great piece Teri. You've highlighted some brilliant strategies to help clear head trash, many of which I've tried. I used to have shed loads of it. I sought out a lot of techniques to help me clear it including NLP, TFT, reiki, meditation and positive thinking. But I finally discovered one that was uber effective; Reflective Repatterning. It's a new energy psychology technique and it's awesome. I managed to clear all my fears around childbirth to have my little girl at home with no drugs. I'm a convert now. By Alexia Leachman on 2011 09 02

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