How to overcome Negative Thinking


Choose positivity: Choosing to practice a positive mindset is the first and most important step to future success. You need to understand and deeply internalize the fact that winning the battle in your head is the most important thing you can do. It is Step One in your long journey of growth and success. You can and will accomplish great things, so long as you start with a firm belief in yourself. According to Buddha, All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we shall become. Take that to heart.

List positive thoughts: Begin to build a list of your personal accomplishments and positive traits. No matter how much we struggle or how often we let negative thoughts speak too loudly, it’s important to also remember the accomplishments that have made us proud and the personal characteristics that have helped us along our journey. It will be helpful to remind yourself of this by writing it all down and revisiting your notes regularly. On those when that negative voice comes back at the first opportunity, argue back by simply referring to your notes.

Learn the art of reframing: Pay attention to your thoughts: every time you start listening to that negative or unhelpful side, catch yourself. Take the time to become full of the thought and then introduce a counter-argument to reframe it into something more positive. For example, reframe "I’m a terrible public speaker," into "With a bit of practice, I bet I can grow into a better public speaker." Become aware of how often you let the negative win, and each time, at the moment, proactively flip that script. The more you do this, the more it will turn into a habit, and you will slowly start to change.

Realize you’re not alone: Accept that failure is part of life for everyone. Everyone has had their own self-doubts experienced a setback, and probably more often than you know. And not letting failure define us is a challenge we all face. Don’t let failure define you, and don’t single yourself out for it. Everyone has failed. It’s how we respond to the failure that counts.

Don’t let the past define you: As Dan Millman wrote, The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. This is a choice everyone can make. Only you can prevent the negativity of your past experiences, relationships, and treatment by others from defining your future. Choose not to allow your past to darken your future, and you will begin to see and create the life you dream about. Your brighter future can start right now with a mindset that drives you forward into the future, instead of back into the past.

Dwell on your daily victories: Here’s another habit that can be a powerful lever for change: keeping a log of your "victories." At the end of each day, write down three things that went well. Write what happened, how it went well, and the positive thoughts it gave you. You’re giving room for the positive voice to be heard. The more you build this list, the more you fill your mind with positive beliefs, and you will start to see a change in how you approach every action and decision as an opportunity, not a potential hazard.

These were just six ways in order for someone to overcome negative thinking and truly succeed!!

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