Redirecting Thinking; It’s a Process with Michelle Payton (August 2020)


Redirecting Thinking: It’s a process.

2020: a challenge of epic proportions. Whatever the new normal looks like, redirecting thinking to create a positive personal reality is high on the list. When looking at the Positive Hypnosis process, here are some steps to consider when making that shift.

Step 1.

Write down 1 thing you don’t want in one area of life (called F.I.P.S.S.—financial, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual).  Some Examples could be:
– I am tired of bad relationships
– I am always broke
– I eat too much
– I’m too lazy
– I’m scared

Step 2.

Change the wording as if you achieved the opposite, what you do want (this becomes the major, positive focus of this learning exercise). Some examples could be:
– Positive Relationships
– Prosperity
– Healthy Body
– Courageous

Step 3.
Quickly visualize, and write, or record (25-50 words each) about 3 to 4 specific experiences you do want (Example: Positive Relationships).

Step 4.
In great detail, visualize, and write, or record with multiple senses, (see, hear, smell, taste, feel, any other senses) every facet of experiences of where you achieved do want in small ways (Memory is not exact and that’s okay.):
– this is usually seconds, minutes… rarely are there big aha memories,
– if you begin to move into yeah, but… (your thoughts move toward don’t want), crop that (only focusing on positive achievements for this step),
– visualize details for 3 to 4 experiences from step 3.

Step 5.
Write down a 2-3 word title for each do want experience (these keywords will help you find and re-use those memories easily in the future):
– Mountain Hike Heaven
– Cat out of Ditch
– Fit Favorite Jeans
– Save $1000

Graphic summary of steps 2-5.

Step 6.

Ranking negative experiences from 1 to 10, choose ONE negative emotional experience that is somewhat irritating to practice safely and effectively to begin. (Maybe a 3 or 4 rank. This is like when you go to a medical doctor and you are asked, “How bad does this hurt from 1-10?”).  Give ONE experience a 2-3 word title.

Step 7.
Write down 2 or 3 of the do want anchors (or titles). Focus on each of those for several minutes each. Really, Really, Really remember how you filled your need, achieved your goal.

Step 8.
If you don’t know Emotional Freedom Technique basics, go to review the concept. If you do understand EFT, skip to step 9.

Step 9.
-As you EFT tap,
– Say I have step 6 problem anchor (whatever that is and allow only seconds of time to remember problem),
– Then say, and redirect thinking to, Mountain Hike Heaven, Cat out of Ditch, Fit Favorite Jeans, Save $1000 (examples).
Be specific. Check in with your perception of the problem anchor by giving it a number ranking.

Be aware that issues have layers. If you notice that a ranking is going higher, rewind back to a smaller piece of issue (stop if your mind begins to wander past the smaller piece of the issue), and get smaller piece to zero.  (Note: This doesn’t, always, mean that these positive memories solve the problem, but it does mean that you can get the emotional duress down to 0, and this clears the negative residue from your mind.)

These are challenging times, but we have the power to redirect our perceptions. Experiences continue to exist, but we can replace how we react to and remember them.

More on Positive Hypnosis
For more details on this redirecting process, Michelle has written a book called Positive Hypnosis: Re-associating with Solution-based Memories that can be purchased at Crystal Visions. Video training for free and fee, and Do It Yourself Self-Hypnosis Tips can be found in the Education section on

About Michelle
Michelle A. Payton is an academic and wholistic developmental and growth mindset professional, is the author of 9 mind-over-matter books, facilitates individual sessions and workshops at Crystal Visions, and teaches English at a local college. Find more information about Michelle and her offerings at