How often do you talk yourself out of doing something that could potentially change your life because you’ve allowed negative thoughts to govern your decision making?
How often do you lean towards the negative in a situation vs seeing the positivity and the light at the end of the tunnel?
And how many times do those closest to you have to tell you that you always see the negative in almost every situation?
Do these questions resonate with you?
If so, stop everything that you’re doing and keep reading. We’ve got something for those negative thoughts. By the time you’re done with this post, you’ll want positivity radiating throughout your entire life.
Before we get into 15 ways to combat negative thoughts, let’s talk about how negativity holds you back.
For starters, negativity is the reason why you aren’t where you want to be in life. College students, have you ever thought about running for school president? What held you back? Did these thoughts come across your mind: what if no one votes for me? What if I can’t live up to being the school president? What if I do all of this work and I don’t even win?
This is what negativity does to you. It creates false scenarios that don’t exist. Granted, these things could be true, but they could also very well be false.
Everyone does vote for you
You not only live up to being the school president, what if you far exceed everyone’s expectations?
You do all of this work and you do win?
This is just the start of effectively combating negative thoughts. Of course you should be aware of everything that could go wrong but learn to lean towards everything that could go amazingly well.
15 Effective Ways to Combat Negative Thoughts
Our goal is to help you become the very best version of yourself while combating negative thoughts. All this time you’ve been dwelling on the negative in every situation and you have no clue how your life is about to change by focusing on the positive.
1.Kill all negative thoughts. As soon as a negative thought tries to consume your mind, think of a positive situation to combat the negative thoughts. Do not dwell on it, immediately direct your thoughts to something positive.
2. Stay away from small minded people. Small minded people have a way of holding you back. They project their fears and their negative thoughts onto the people around them. And guess what? If you hang around them long enough, you too will become a small minded person. Be selective in who you allow into your space. Make it a goal to only keep those who motivate you in your circle of friends.
3. Assess all of the positive outcomes in every situation. Again, this does not mean you should ignore the negatives the situation may bring, it just means not to dwell on it. Make note of what makes a particular situation positive and keep it at the front of your mind.
4. Keep a positivity bank. A positivity bank is basically all of the positive things that you have tucked in your mind that can be pulled out at any given moment. At the moment that you feel like the negativity is taking over, pull out something positive from your positivity bank. So what exactly can be in your positivity bank? It can be a positive quote, positive memories or whatever is going to help you feel good in that moment.
5. Get a list of positive affirmations. Affirmations are words and or phrases that you say to yourself on a daily basis that helps your brain believe it’s true (this is the very simple definition). Make a list of quotes/affirmations that get your positivity juices flowing.
For example: good things flow to me like a magnet. Say this to yourself every day and your brain will begin to believe you. On the other hand, if you speak to yourself negatively, your brain will believe that you crave negative experiences and will make sure you have them often.
6. Start your days off well. Understand that the way you start your day is usually how it will go. If you start it off on the right foot, your day is likely to go well. If you start it off on the wrong foot, you’re likely to have a not so good day. Make it a habit to start your day off with positivity without exception.
7. Be intentional. If you truly want to combat negative thoughts, you have to be intentional about doing so. Do everything in your power to make sure that negativity is not consuming your life on a day to day basis.
8. Keep a log of positive thoughts. Make it a goal to write down every positive moment you’ve had for the day, daily. It can be something as simple as having a stranger open the door for you. This is a practice of letting the positivity flow through you effortlessly on a daily basis.
9. Know that you deserve to live a positive life. Negative emotions are without a doubt draining, can we get an amen? Constantly thinking about all of the negative things that can happen in any given situation can cause stress and anxiety and who exactly wants to live like that? Nobody. Some people dwell in negativity because that’s all they know. They truly believe that things will probably always have a bad outcome and “good things never happen for them.”
This mindset is nothing but a trap. You deserve nothing more than to live a stress free life filled with everything you can imagine of good. You just have to know that this life is available to you.
10. Practice like your life depends on it. Practice being a positive person. No one likes a Debbie downer. People will start to gravitate to you as you become less negative and more positive. We all have an image in our minds of the type of person we want to become. Keep practicing until you become the positive person you know you are destined to become.
11. Understand that it takes time. For your entire life you’ve believed that negative thinking was normal, but it’s not. It’s for this very reason that you should trust the process. You’re probably not going to learn how to combat negative thoughts overnight, it’s going to take some time and a whole lot of practice. If becoming a positive person takes longer than normal, stick with the process. You didn’t come this far to turn around, understand that combating negative thoughts will take some time. Be patient with yourself, the results are sure to follow.
12. Be consistent. Don’t be a negative person Monday through Saturday and then decide to be a positive person on Sunday, it doesn’t work like that. You have to consistently make the decision to combat negative thoughts day in and day out in order for this process to work.
13. Let others know what you’re doing. Make it clear to those around you that you refuse to be around people who can’t see the good in things. You’ll begin to notice that the negative people will stop coming around as much and the people who are meant to be around you will gravitate towards you.
14. Don’t worry about what people will say. Some people will make you feel like you are crazy for being so strict on not wanting negative people around you. Don’t listen to them. Stick with what you know to be true. Misery loves company, some people hate to see you doing better than them so they’ll try everything in their power to keep you at their level of thinking. Level regardless of what they have to say.
15. Just breathe. As you embark on this new journey of combating negative habits that have literally been ruling your life since forever, be patient. Enjoy the journey and seek to discover new things about yourself during the process. Don’t worry about what people may saw about you. Stay the course and don’t forget to breathe.