6 simple steps for more positive thinking
Negative beliefs are also just human-made thoughts, they are not true. Just because you think you are not worth it does not mean you really do not deserve it. In fact, every human being has the right to feel loved, and respected. Unfortunately, we accept the negative effects of life and let it eventually ruin positive thoughts about ourselves.
Negative beliefs have a harmful impact on morale because they reduce self-esteem and self-confident. Over and over, these effects can lead to decreased motivation, fear of failure or not daring to act when the time comes. But the good news is that we can completely control this situation by learning and practicing positive thinking.
Here are six steps to help you get positive thinking:
1. Arrange your thoughts
The thought arrangement will help you control negative thoughts. Organizing thoughts and realizing negative thinking are the first step for you to improve your mental health. Imagine that your mind is the pages and thoughts are the words. List on the pages: your thoughts, the state of the problems, and the emotions followed by these thoughts.
2. Examine your negative beliefs
For example, when your colleagues ask you out for lunch, write down a series of concrete predictions about the situation and ask yourself, "What is the worst thing that can happen?" It could be: "I go to lunch with my colleagues, then they will find out I’m tasteless and never ask me out again."
Now challenge your negative beliefs. Try lunch with colleagues and see what happens. Surely you will realize what you think about your colleagues' reactions will not be completely accurate with what actually happens. If the results are not as bad as you expected, are you willing to challenge other negative beliefs?
3. Identify negative thoughts
Once you have practiced steps one and two, you will be more aware of when negative beliefs penetrate your mind. When a negative thought appears, you can immediately tell it: "Well, it’s just me being silly again."
Determining negative thoughts will help you limit their impact on your mind.
4: Say: "Stop"
One of the worst effects of negative thought is that it creates a chain reaction that leads to a series of other negative thoughts. When negative thoughts begin to sneak in your mind, say: "Stop". Speaking out loud will have a powerful impact on awareness. If you are in a crowded public or office, take a deep breath, try not to think of negative emotions and just let them pass away.
5. Challenge yourself
Try not to be harsh on yourself with negative thoughts like: "No co-workers will think I'm funny" or "Everyone thinks I'm a fool". Challenge yourself. You can look for evidence in practice to counter negative stereotypes in your head. For example, try to think of positive memories like, "On Monday, my colleagues asked me if I would like to go out for a fun weekend" or, "My boss said I was really good at helping him calculate the papers"…
6. Be grateful
Let’s train your thought for positive emotions every day by being grateful for what you have. It can be simple things like having fun from the work you are doing, saying thank you to the one who opened the door for you or enjoying a good meal. Starting your day with a positive energy will make it full of joy.
By: Cole Guthrie