Negative Thoughts

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”Believing in negative thoughts is the single greatest obstruction to success.”
Charles F. Glassman

Most negative thoughts are based on a misinterpretation of the situation. Negative thinking is one of the biggest obstacles to self change.

If you are feeling negative, look around the situation. Are the facts on which you base your pessimism correct? Are you really judging people accurately? Are you imagining the worst, with no actual reason for doing so?

Most of life is not black or white, completely this or that, all or nothing. But negative thinking tends to view bad stuff in the extreme. Try to think of ‘middle of the road’ possibilities – not so exciting (or terrifying), but a more realistic view on what is actually more likely to happen. Giving your mind more options will reduce emotionality and allow you to think more clearly.

Thinking negatively stops us being okay with uncertainty. This can lead to ‘mind reading’. “She hasn’t texted me back; she doesn’t like me!” or “He only said that to make me feel better, he doesn’t really think that!” You will find that avoiding making ‘made up’ meanings in an ambiguous situation is a key part of overcoming negative thinking.

If you are suffering from a bought of negative thinking try to shift your attitude to a more positive one. Do you feel better or more optimistic? This will reinforce the idea that if you change your thinking, you will change your mood. Gradually over time, your thinking and life will become more rewarding.

”Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”
Willie Nelson

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