Negativity is a bummer. It can ruin your day whether it comes from you, a co-worker, family member or a spouse. It has the potential to increase exponentially, and spread rapidly from person to person like a contagious and deadly virus that kills hope and optimism.
Not only can a dose of negativity squelch your good mood, it can also be detrimental to your health. Negative thinking causes stress, and we all know that the ill effects of stress are many.
In order to stop negative thinking from raining on your parade, you must block it before you’re drenched to the bone with sodden pessimism. The following steps can help.
Believe in positive thoughts
Resist the temptation to believe your negative thoughts. The minute a negative thought crosses your mind you must make every effort to stop it, disregard it as simply not true, and then change it into something more positive. Dampen the flames of negative thinking before they rage in you like a wild fire and give positive thoughts the fuel they need to help keep you looking on the bright side.
Let it go
If you happen to have a negative thought that just won’t go away, don’t compound the issue by beating yourself up over it. The more you lament, the stronger the negativity becomes so just drop it and move on. The sun will still rise and the birds will still sing, you just have to clear the air long enough to notice the joy all around you.
Understand that no one, not even you are to blame. Negative thinking is a fact of life and happens to everyone. However, if the rut of negativity is too deep to climb out of, don’t worry, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Blaming yourself or someone else will only weigh you down and you’ll want to feel light so you can more easily lift your spirits out of the gutter of pessimism.
Ralph Waldo Emerson had it figured out when he said, “Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become deeds. Watch your deeds, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Character is everything.”
So banish your negative thinking right now and let your character be cut from the cloth of positivity. Not only will it help you, it will help those around you.
September 6th, 2011