5 Tips to Eliminating the Negative Thinking

March 26, 2012

Dale Carnegie believes in positive attitudes fostering great leadership, team member engagement and involvement and greater productivity at an office where workers are upbeat, happy and not brought down by the damaging effects of negativity.  But, negative thinking is something that seems to be common in so many individuals and combating negative thoughts can be a full-time job in of itself.

Here are 5 tips for eliminating the negativity in your thinking and helping you take the steps to being a more positive person.

  1. Start Your Day Off with “I Can” Statements. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re probably right.”  These are powerful words that are a testament to the power of what our own thoughts can do to our own realities.  Start off each and every day with what are known as “I Can” statements, opposed to “I Can’t” statements.  If you have to, find ways to hold yourself accountable to keeping negative “I Can’t” statements out of your head, such as a rubberband around your wrist that you snap whenever you catch yourself thinking negatively.  Catching yourself when you’re thinking negative is a major part of the battle and a necessary step in becoming a more positive person.
  2. Nobody is Perfect. You’re human and there is nobody that is perfect, which means that mistakes will happen and failure will happen as well.  But viewing mistakes or “failure” as something more than what it is—such as assuming it means you’re not a good person, that you aren’t capable of doing anything right, that you will never be successful or happy—is the biggest mistake that you can possibly make.
  3. Keep a Gratitude Journal. There have been plenty of psychological studies that point to the positive benefits of maintaining something known as a “Gratitude Journal”.  In this journal, you’ll maintain entries about things that you appreciate and are grateful for.  When you reflect on the people and things in your life that you are grateful for, you will already find yourself happier and more positive in your thinking, realizing that you have a lot of things to be happy about and a lot more things than some people in this life.
  4. Face Your Fears. Negative thoughts come out of fears.  Fear of the unknown.  Fears of failure.  Fears of the truth.  Whatever your fears may be, find out what it is that you fear and face them head on.  Notice when your negative thoughts are a result of your fears and deal with the fear itself, instead of letting the negativity take over you.  For example, someone might criticize another person but when you really look at the reason for their negative criticisms, it has more to do with their own fears about themselves and their life.  So, ask yourself when you’re feeling a negative thought if there’s something else there that you’re afraid of or that’s really the issue at heart.
  5. Get Active! Exercise is one of the best ways to naturally give your body “feel-good” hormones known as endorphins.  Helping increase the oxygen and blood flow in your body and getting your body in better shape, you will already be well on your way to eliminating those negative thoughts and being a more positive person.
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