Step 2. Assess
Once you know you have some brain junk, now it’s time to figure out what it is. There are many different kinds of junk—which one is yours? Is it about money? Do you have recurring negative thoughts that tell you that you’re not smart enough or you don’t know enough to achieve your dreams?
Track your thought processes for a couple of days and keep a journal. At the end of the two days, analyze the results and see what thought patterns recur. Then you’ll be able to determine which remedy to apply.
Step 3. Exorcise
Sometimes a couple of minor shifts in perspective can help you exorcise your negative thoughts.
You can change “stinkin’ thinkin’” by gradually replacing the negative thinking with its positive equal. This exercise is particularly useful when you have recurring, negative thought patterns that are junking up your thinking. Or, you can create a history of your successes in life to alter the way you see yourself. These are just two of many ways to exorcise your demons (and if you ever get stuck, you can hire a qualified coach to help you).
Step 4. Wait. Then Repeat
Your junk will come back and you’ll go through the process of tossing it out again. Over time, you’ll become more and more adept at decluttering your brain.
The bottom line about brain junk is that everyone has it and it never completely goes away. But if you learn how to manage it effectively, you’ll go farther than you ever thought possible.