As you encounter stress, pressure, or anxiety in your life, remember at the moment you realize you’re thinking stressful thoughts. By noticing and discontinuing the inner dialogue that’s causing stress, you may be able to prevent its physical symptoms. What are the inner thoughts that produce stress? I’m more important than those around me. My expectations aren’t being met. I shouldn’t have to wait, I’m too important. I’m the customer here, and I demand attention. No one else has these pressures. You aren’t your work, your accomplishments, your possessions, your home, your family . . . your anything. You’re an aspect of the power of intention, dressed in a physical human body intended to experience and enjoy life on Earth. This is the intention that you want to bring to the presence of stress.
To fulfill the intention of living a stress-free and tranquil life, you must become conscious of the need to activate thought responses that match your intention. These new responses will become habitual, and replace your old habit of responding in stress-producing ways. When you examine segments of stress-producing incidents, you always have a choice: Do I stay with thoughts that produce stress within me, or do I work to activate thoughts that make stress impossible?
Excerpt From: Wayne W. Dyer. “The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way”. Apple Books.