In this article, we will be going over “10 Great Ways On How To Stop Thinking Negatively.” Having a constant negative outlook on life will stop you from achieving your full potential. Negativity is defined by dictionary.com as “lacking in constructiveness, helpfulness, optimism, cooperativeness, or the like.”
With this definition, we learn that negativity is not helpful, is not cooperative, and is certainly not constructive. You are physically destroying your life by your negative thoughts.
In the book, The Happiness Trap, author Russ Harris says, 80% of everyone’s thoughts contain some sort of negative content.
It is very common to have negative thoughts, but it is unacceptable to not be able to overcome the negative thinking that you are creating.
Negative thinking is like a virus, it can spread quickly and it can be deadly. Combating negativity is very difficult. You may be asking; how do I stop my negative thoughts?
How can I turn my negative thoughts into positive ones? Don’t you worry, you are in luck! Here are the top 10 top ways on how to stop thinking negative!
10 Great Ways On How To Stop Thinking Negatively:
1). Smile Through Life:
Make an honest and consistent effort to smile more! Smile through tough times! It is true that you can smile your negativity away because the energy surrounded by a smile is addictive and contagious.
We have the amazing ability to change our energy and our reactions to a situation. So, if a frown is keeping you down, then smile.
When you’re out in public try to smile around people it’s funny the reactions you get. I do this all the time when I’m in stores.
Some people just look down, others smile back, and others just look at me like I’m a complete idiot. Either way, it’s a lot of fun to do.
What you send out comes back to you in one form or another through the law of attraction. So if you’re sending out smiles and good vibes and feeling good all of that is going to come back to you. The best part about all of this is as you smile at people you’re programming yourself to be more positive.
2. Stay Away From Negative People:
Consider surrounding yourself with people who think more positively. Don’t let other people dictate the type of thinking you may have.
Find a group of people that think about the best-case scenario and who can visualize a more positive outcome. You will start to find yourself thinking more positively and being a happier person.
Being around negative people is so toxic and depressing. Your environment is so important. It’s actually more important than the way you were raised believe it or not.
If you can get yourself around positive, upbeat, enthusiastic people. You will naturally take on those attitudes and with little effort. Something about us being around people we begin to mimic them.
If making a lot of money is something that’s important to you which I think it should be, you need to be around people that are at the level you want to be, but are also extremely positive and have a can-do attitude.
Being around those types of people really changes you and that’s what life is about constant positive change. You know what it’s like being around toxic, negative, depressing people. You just don’t feel good around them.
You would rather be around someone who sees all the good in life and who has a great attitude, and looks at the bright side and everything.
I use to work at Harmons years ago. And this one guy always came in and he was so positive, he greeted everybody in the produce department so warmly. When he came in contact with me I felt so good, and I asked myself what is he on, he seemed so positive and upbeat like life was fantastic.
Come to find out, this man was very wealthy, a multi-millionaire. I got talking to him and that’s how his attitude is always and he said it’s changed his life in more ways than just money.
That has never left me but has always stuck out to me. Most people go through life so wrapped up in their negativity and all the garbage that’s going on around them.
We are literally programmed to be toxic and destroy ourselves from the inside out. Your environment is extremely important, and you need to be around winners, confident people, and people who see the greatness in you and in others.
3). Read About Inspirational People:
Many people who are successful in this world didn’t get life handed to them! Sure, there are some people who were born into wealth, but a lot of people started out in very humble beginnings and hustled their way to the top.
For example, take a look at Steve Job’s life story! Read about successful people to get inspired to be positive. When I find myself in a funk, I will actually go and read about successful people all the time.
The beautiful thing is these people are no different than anybody else, they just have their thoughts in order and have a strong desire to succeed at something. I think that is such a beautiful and powerful thing to understand.
One of the things that you can do as well as get yourself a mentor because they can be an absolute inspiration to you. But you need to make sure that this mentor is where you want to be in all areas of your life.
That way when you take advice from them you know that you’re getting the right advice because they’ve already done it. I have a few mentors in my life.
Bob Proctor, Grant Cardone, Jordan Belfort, Brian Tracy just to name a few. The advice that these people give to me is amazing. It has changed my life, and I know that what they teach me works because they’ve done it.
4). Play Up The Positivity:
When something good and positive happens in your life don’t just shrug it off. Pretend that the positive thing is the greatest event of your life.
If you find a dollar on the ground, truly consider this to be the happiest moment of your life. If you play up the small positives in your life you will begin to realize how much positivity there is around you.
5). Consider People Like You:
Have you ever sent somebody a text and they didn’t respond right away and so naturally you thought, “oh my gosh they hate me!”
Stop automatically assuming that people don’t like you. Don’t leave a conversation assuming they are talking negatively about you the moment you leave. Stop letting your social anxiety run your life.
“Endorphins make you happy and happy people don’t just shoot their husbands.” As silly as this line is from the movie Legally Blonde, she has a point.
Exercising is a natural high with no drop like sugar does. Exercising will uplift your mood, create a positive mind set, and will also improve your overall health.
7). Serve Others:
When you serve others, you don’t have time to think about yourself and how many things you lack. Start doing small acts of service towards other people and watch your negative thinking wash away.
Other people have it worse then you and one of the best ways to avoid negative thinking is helping others who may have harder struggles.
8). Forgive Yourself:
Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. We all do things that we aren’t proud of and want to change. Don’t let these mistakes ruin your life.
If you can make amends, do it! But, if it’s something that cannot be changed, move on! There are going to be moments in our life that we are not proud of, but we can’t let them dictate our future.
9). Create A Gratitude Journal:
Do you ever forget how much you have been blessed with? Sometimes we start thinking negatively because we don’t have more and then we forget how much we already have.
Consider creating a gratitude journal where you are writing five things that you are grateful for that day. Every day is a gift, so write about it!
10). Positive Affirmations:
You are awesome! Everybody is amazing. We all have talents, we all have positive qualities and wonderful things about us. It is okay to tell yourself that you are fantastic. It is okay to tell yourself that you did a great job.
Continually through the day tell yourself the good things that you are doing. You are your best critic, but you are also your best supporter.
These ten tips can help turn your negative thoughts into positive ones and therefore, positive actions. The only way to be successful in this life is to have positive actions.
It truly does take a positive attitude to lead to success. You must not only have a positive outlook on yourself and your abilities, but you must also have a positive outlook on life.
Our goal is to be positive in this life. Positivity (in this context) is defined by dictionary.com as encouraging or noting a healthy or balanced outlook toward something. In this definition, we learn that being positive is having a healthy outlook towards something.
It is much more important to have a healthy outlook rather than an outlook of negativity which is lacking in constructiveness, helpfulness, optimism, and cooperation.
Negativity can truly stop us from being the best we can be. We have to start finding ways that work for us to avoid losing out on our full potential due to our negative thinking.
Negative thoughts are the downfall to most of our inabilities to become successful. We tell ourselves we arenât going to make it, we are not going to be the best, we are not smart enough, people are not going to like us. These thoughts turn into actions. Negative actions lead us away from our goals.
Start today! Start thinking of ways to avoid these negative thoughts, so you can start leading a more productive and positive life.
Remember that everything in your life is because of your thoughts. It has nothing to do with the outside circumstances. You literally cause your own misery or your own happiness by your emotional involvement with your thoughts.
Are you thinking positive right now? If you are great you’re on the right track keep going. Try to do a few breathing exercises throughout the day.
This is a great way to make sure that your thoughts are on par with what you want in life. The more positive you are, the better that you feel, the more love you have in your heart, the happier you will be.
What have you done to help yourself stop thinking negatively? What do you feel has really made a great impact on your mental state? I would love to hear your thoughts. Comment below.