Overcome Negative Thoughts
Think of a negative person in your life, someone who always sees the dark cloud on the horizon or views the glass half empty. When you do that, consider: After spending time with them, do you leave with a sense of purpose? Do you feel uplifted by being in their presence? Feel better about yourself or your day? My bet is you left feeling emotionally dry.
Whenever you watch certain genres on TV, some show or movie that features a desert, or other barren land, odds are favourable that a cow skull will be involved, just to set the mood. The is because it is an easy reminder to the casual viewer that deserts are arid, difficult places that even the natural inhabitants struggle to survive. And when I think of negativity, and what it can do to the person, the image of that cow skull comes to mind. Negativity kills.
Calm the Chaos of Negativity
Our culture, unfortunately, lives off negativity. Although we live in comparatively healthier, more prosperous times, it’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV or scroll through social media, without coming across enough negative stories that make it seem like the sky is going to fall down.
Yes, we could switch off, divert our attention to something else, but it’s hard to ignore – that’s because bad news sells, it feeds directly to our natural negativity bias, so that even when something positive happens it will generally have less of an impact on a person’s behaviour and cognitive processes than something equally emotional but negative.
Negative thinking. It drains you of energy, it removes you from the present moment, it is infectious and spreads to others, bringing everyone down rather than lifting it up. And the more you feed it, the faster it spreads and the stronger it becomes. We don’t want it spreading to others. We want to control it. So, if we have a predisposition towards negativity or find ourselves getting stuck in a negative emotional loop, how do we escape? How can we control negative thoughts? There is a way.
Boss Negative Thinking
Negativity can destroy performance in the short term and dampen success and happiness in the long term. The primary reason to develop mental strength and resilience is to think well and be well – see truth more accurately and form thoughts more powerfully. Positive thoughts lead to greater success – negative thoughts can lead to mediocrity or outright failure.
The moment your negativity crops up there are tactics that you can use to combat this thinking. First, it is important to actually point out the source of your negative thinking. If you discover that your thoughts are negative then stop those thoughts by telling yourself “Stop!” or “Not Now!” Use these statements to bring your mind back into control.
After you have done this the next step is to redirect your mind with positive and purposeful self-talk and imagery. No of a time where you were happy, or a time where you were successful, however small you might think that success was. It will help move your mind into a new inner dialogue that is positive. The next step is to maintain this new powerful mental state with a personal mantra. In creating a personal mantra that you can repeat to yourself, it will keep negativity at bay by engaging your conscious mind in its positive words, images, feelings, and meanings. Even something like,”I am me, that is enough!”. Perhaps an image of a goal you are reaching towards. Picture it, picture that successful outcome. You will be. Something short, something memorable that gets you motivated and keeps you moving forward.
With hard work and focus, you can rewire and upgrade your mind to respond with more positive feedback. By using these tips, it will allow you to take control of negative feedback loops and improve your mental well-being. Be who you can be, be who you want to be.
You can do this. The important stuff stays…