Negative thoughts bring you down. Negative thoughts eat away at your happiness until there isn’t enough left to support your hopes and dreams. Negative thoughts are damaging because they affect everything that comes afterward. Thoughts include your decisions, goals, actions, and results.

Negative thinking can impact every part of your life. It limits your effectiveness and poisons your outlook on life. If the time you have to spend on self-development is limited, dealing with your negative thinking is a good place to start.

Take control of your thinking and be more positive:

  1. Avoid thinking of yourself as a victim. When you have the mindset of a victim, you’ll spiral down into negative thoughts. A victim has neither hope nor options. There are always ways to move forward. You can choose what thoughts you repeat to yourself.
  2. Recognize your negative thought patterns. Your thoughts can be habit forming just like your morning coffee. Notice your repetitive thoughts and when they occur. The first step to changing these thought patterns is to catch them when they first begin. When you notice negative thinking, change your thinking.
  • Either think a positive thought or redirect your thinking and focus on whatever you’re doing at that moment.
  1. Read positive quotes each day. If you can’t find the time to read a book, at least read a few positive quotes each day. You can buy calendars with positive quotes. There are also plenty of websites with quotes on a wide variety of topics. You can visit my page at https://www.facebook.com/ProfDebE/ where I post positive quotes several times a day.
  2. Be mindful. Keep your thoughts on today. Sure, you can look ahead, as needed, to make plans. But your thoughts should remain rooted in the present. Thinking about the past can result in frustration and regret. Thoughts of the future can cause anxiety. Keep your mind on your current surroundings and task.
  • There’s no reason to worry about the next step. Take care of the current step first.
  1. Ask yourself, “Do I know for certain this is a fact? Or is it just my opinion?” You don’t know as much as you think you do. You make a lot of assumptions based on false ideas. Basing your beliefs on a false idea can lead to the belief that a situation is harder than it is. If you don’t have your facts straight, you’re already at a huge disadvantage.
  2. Avoid the idea that perfection is possible. Expect that you won’t be perfect at anything. When perfection is the goal, you’ll always fall short, and that opens the door for negative thinking.
  3. Spend time doing something that makes you feel good. It’s easy to have positive thoughts if you’re doing something you love. Spend time with people who are positive. Make a list of things you like to do and spend some time each day doing at least one of them. Enjoy yourself each day.
  4. Meditation seems to be a cure for everything. It’s one of the best ways to learn more about your thought patterns. It’s also an effective way of learning to focus and direct your thoughts. Meditation lowers blood pressure too.
  5. Make a list of affirmations and take control of your self-talk. Instead of inventing positive self-talk on the fly, have a list prepared of positive things you can say to yourself. Build your self-talk around your goals and kill two birds with one stone. Post your positive affirmations around the house and every time you see them, read them out loud.

 

Allow positive thoughts to change your results and future. Pay attention to your thoughts and defeat negative thinking before it can take root. Replace those negative thoughts with a positive alternative. Make an effort to spend some time each day enjoying yourself.

 

Little by little, you’ll find that you’re spending more of your time thinking positively, and your life will take a turn for the better!