Negative thinking can get you down.It can help to reassess what you’re saying to yourself each day. It’s worth trying to dispute any negative thinking. Ask yourself some challenging questions. Is the way you’re thinking about things working for you and your success?
The hard part about self-talk is that it always feels true. Your thoughts might often be biased or incorrect. You tend to assume that they’re facts.
With practice, you can learn to notice your own negative self-talk as it happens. Consciously choose to think about the situation in a more realistic and helpful way.
The Big Four Types of Negative Thinking
- All-or-Nothing Thinking. “I have to do things perfectly, because anything less than perfect is a failure.”
- Disqualifying the Positives. “Life feels like one disappointment after another.”
- Negative Self-Labeling. “I feel like a failure. I’m flawed. If people knew the real me, they wouldn’t like me.”
- Catastrophizing. “If something is going to happen, it’ll probably be the worst case scenario.”
Negative thinking is an obstacle to self-change. Any change feels like a big deal. You can’t see the small steps, and you don’t have the energy to take big steps, therefore you feel stuck.
The power of negative thinking in action.
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Negative thinking appears to be more prevalent than positive thinking. It seems that with most people, positive thinking requires some effort, whereas, negative thinking comes easily and often uninvited. This has much to do with education and the environment one has been living in.
- Do you often think about difficulties, failure and disasters?
- Do you keep thinking about the negative news see and hear on the TV, or read in the newspapers?
- Do you see yourself stuck and unable to improve your life or your health?
- Do you frequently think that you do not deserve happiness or money, or that it is too difficult to get them?
If you do, then you will close your mind, see no opportunities, and behave and react in such ways, as to repel people and opportunities.
The mind often, doesn’t judge or examine thoughts and opinions before accepting them. If what it hears, sees and reads is always negative, it accepts this as a standard.
Identify Your Negative Thinking
Key 1. Recognize Negative Thought Patterns
Negative thought patterns are repetitive, unproductive thoughts. They serve no real purpose and directly cause negative emotions (emotions are a reflection of our thoughts, felt in the body).
Once we learn to recognise and identify these thought patterns as they occur we can start to have a choice about how to react. Here are the negative thinking patterns that are most common:
Key 2. Dis-identify With Negative Thinking
In order to become free of negativity you must become more aware of your thoughts. Start to pay more attention to what is going on inside your mind at any given time.
Especially pay attention to any of those patterns of negative thinking that arise. Become a curious observer of what goes on in your inner environment.
Key 3. Mindfulness of the Moment
Notice that many negative thoughts mostly flow from two directions. The first is dwelling on the past—maybe you ruminate over mistakes, problems, guilt and anything in your life that’s did not go the way you believe it should have gone. The second is worrying about the future—fear of what may or may not happen for yourself, others or the planet.
This may take the form of stress over whether or not you will achieve certain goals or anxiety about the security of your finances or relationships. Or perhaps you may worry about getting old. Whatever your particular negative thoughts are notice that in order to engage in negative thought patterns the mind needs to cast its focus into past or future.
Key 4. Choosing Constructive Thoughts Instead of Destructive Thoughts.
You can deliberately choose to change thinking so it is constructive rather than destructive.
Positive or constructive thoughts help you effectively face your day-to-day situations.
Dwelling or ruminating on the past is not helpful and will cause negative emotions. However you can use past experiences to help make decisions and adjust your actions.
Worrying will only cause grief and anxiety. There may be some constructive action you can take.
Negative Thinking Conclusion
Negative thinking is a problem for many. Take steps to understand the the big four types of negative thinking. Identify your personal negative thinking. Rectify the negativity by following the suggestions above. Positive or negative thinking is always a choice. Guard against negative thinking for success.
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