Trying to change the ego and what it thinks and doesn't think is making it real and the ego is winning its game.
If what the ego says, thinks or does is “bad” and you try and change it, the ego is still winning. It has you believing it is real, and the results of what it thinks are real. They are not. They are part of the dream.
Just laugh at what the ego does or doesn't do, including trying to make you think “I am doing something by changing the ego to think differently”