Changing Thought Patterns
Thoughts create habits and pathways in the brain. Over time, these pathways deepen and become stronger and stronger beliefs.
If you imagine a great stone valley with a deep river, no matter how much rain falls on the whole valley, it will always collect and flow into the river. The river has become the path of least resistance. If you were to put a lot of effort into chipping a new path and filling the old river, eventually all the water would stop flowing into the old river and instead flow down the new path you have created.
The same is true for your thought patterns. If you put deliberate effort into choosing a new and more positive thought pattern, eventually it will become your habit. Evidence, proof, or circumstances are just the rain. You decide where they will flow by your beliefs.
One big pattern or habit is switching the pattern of wanting to the pattern of appreciating. Consumerism is driven by promoting a habit of wanting. Showing you a product or service and selling it to you by having you believe you need it.
We have been bombarded by this our whole lives via advertisements. But with each product bought in people with highly developed habits of wanting, the relief of getting the thing is very short lived. There will very soon be that urge to look for something to need or want again, an object of desire will appear, and the cycle repeats.
To correct this habit, begin to consciously appreciate all of the things you use every day that you already have. It seems so simple and it is...it just takes awareness, effort, and time to solidify.
You'll still have needs of course but you won't be caught in the void that must be filled endlessly repeating cycle any longer. Aside from acquiring less stuff you didn't really need, you'll develop a greater feeling of peace and abundance by being in the habit of appreciating, and those are great feelings to live in every day.