Overcoming Negative thinking may be one of the best disciplines we can master as human beings. To say that negative thinking is a hindrance to your overall quality of life is a radical understatement. Negative thinking can be unhealthy and can one from enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
What’s worse is that most of us – if not all of us – experience negative thinking much more often that we should and overcoming negative thinking can do more for our general well-being and success
We all experience ups and downs in our daily lives and negative events that come along can send us spiraling into a “bad” mood, but learning how to recognize those times when we are starting to feel “down” and then having the mental discipline to stop that decent and change our feelings to something more positive is the trick.
So how do we insulate ourselves from negativity and what steps do we take to keep our thoughts positive, clear and focused about what is important to us?
In researching this particular blog post I came across a few good blog posts and articles online with some pretty good tips that I would like to share here.
Methods for Overcoming Negative Thinking
From the post at the blog “Inspired Every Moment” I found a few really good tips about overcoming negative thinking that I like. These tips came in two categories, tips that may help you to control negative thinking and exercises to help you “combat” negative thinking.
For controlling the negative thoughts:
- Realizing and accepting that most challenges are temporary
- Replacing negative thoughts with a positive one (positive thoughts are show to be 10x more powerful than negative ones!)
- Fight fear or anxiety with action.
- Inspire happiness – find and surround yourself with things that make you smile or laugh.
- Cut out the material things that drain us of energy and happiness
- Stop over-analyzing the situation. Immediately stop replaying the negative events in your mind.
- Control what you can – remember you have a choice to choose a different thought.
- Re-vamp your vocabulary and self-talk.
- Focus on your feelings, be aware of them. Take a few moments out of each day to assess how you are feeling and adjust your feelings as needed with positive images and affirmations
Exercises to Combat Negative thinking:
- Use affirmations. Write what you want (NOT WHAT YOU DO NOT WISH FOR) and repeat this many times in the morning and evening. You can repeat throughout the day as well, but make sure you start and end your day with positive affirmations. Visualize these desires as you say them aloud. Feel yourself receiving them already.
- Become creative and use a vision board. Keep your goals and dreams in front of you.
- Make a list of all of the positive things in your life. Being grateful will put you in the right frame of mind from the start.
- Let it out! Write in a journal and get your feelings out there. Shout into a pillow (when no one is looking, of course!) and expel those negative thoughts and feelings from your body. Don’t hang on to them.
- Wake up aware. When you first wake up in the morning, get in the habit of finding things to be thankful for…start off with the fact that you did wake up!
Overcoming Negative Thinking More Important Than Marketing Techniques?
While I talk about a lot of specific techniques and methods for marketing your business online here at my blog, I realize the need to start developing a category just for getting our minds right!
Learning to control your thoughts and overcoming negative thinking on a daily basis is a great start. Become disciplined, use these exercises and see if you don’t notice a difference within a week or so. You’ll be glad you did!