In life, things don’t always go as planned.
Sometimes we’re just left sitting with our thoughts.
In these down moments, no matter the setback, there is always a decision to be made, and that is where we’re putting our attention.
How we handle failure is an indicator of whether we’ll allow ourselves to grow in the future. If our outlook is negative and is keeping us from doing what we need to do, we have the power to change that outlook.
When we understand the true effect that negativity has on us, we’ll want to put in the effort to resist it.
Negativity Impedes Growth
When we have a negative attitude, we shut ourselves off to the opportunities that can enable growth. The reason negativity impedes progress is because it generates negative beliefs about ourselves and what we are doing. These negative vibes are for sure not going to serve us.
If we have that positive mental attitude in the face of failure, we’ll be open to the idea that we have to learn and adapt. This mindset will help us in our development.
Negativity Can Become a Habit
A big part of negative thinking is that we can program our mind to it do it. That’s right .. getting down on ourselves can actually become a habit if we’re not careful.
Anytime we do, say, or think, we are conditioning ourselves.
Keeping ourselves in check is important if we don’t want to fall into these negative habits. These patterns can cause anger, cynicism, fear, and addiction.
To prevent these negative thinking habits from messing with us, we can learn focus and meditation practices that will help us be more aware of our thoughts.
Negativity Gets us Stuck In the Comfort Zone
A comfort zone can become more of a prison than a place of refuge.
Negative thinking convinces us that we shouldn’t seek for something more.
When we are in our comfort zone for too long, we start to attribute our lack of action to who we are as a person.
We stigmatize ourselves and say, “It’s just not me .. I don’t do stuff like that” or “I’m a procrastinator” “I was born lazy.”
Our stagnation leads to a belief in these deceptions.
Let us instead develop beliefs that are empowering.
Let’s channel all the mind energy we can muster to a more positive place so we can make manifest the power of positive thinking.
What’s cool about the attempt at positive thinking is that it can lead to longterm positive beliefs that will be there to assist us in times of need.
Negativity Causes us to Visualize Failure
The worst part about negative thinking is that it fuels negativity.
This can easily lead to the point where we are actually visualizing scenarios of failure.
When this happens, it can be subtle and we may not even realizing that it’s going on, so we’ve got to be on guard.
We know how powerful the mind is.
So when we find ourselves in that state of fear and start to visualize what we don’t want to happen, let’s come to awareness and counter it with positive visualization.
Gratitude goes a long way in prepping for positive visualization.
Think about the achievements you’ve had in the past.
Once you’re feeling those good vibes, start to imagine your vision of a hopeful future. This can turn the whole day around.
If any of us do find ourselves in a state of deep negativity, whether it be because of negative circumstances, a feeling of uncontrollability, or relapse, what’s most important is seeking support and love from those closest to us, and professional help if necessary.
Even though the road may seem difficult, we have the power and freedom to make attempts to resist negative vibes, even if it’s in small ways.
Monitoring our negative thoughts and lending more focus on the good is a learning process that takes a lot of energy, but this can pay huge dividends in the future.