Therefore, if an old negative thought pops up in your mind, especially one that is difficult to specifically refute, it would be very effective to just say, “OK” and move on to the next thought. This would neutralize the thought. It would take the wind out of its sails so to speak. The very best way to move on would be to follow it with an affirmation. An example would be if you said to yourself, “That was a stupid thing to say and they won't like you.” To then say, “OK, but I like the way that I was kind to that person yesterday.” This way you are giving no air time (or neuronal activity) to the ineffective thought so that the screen in your mind can change to a thought that actually helps you be the person you want to be.