Stop negative thinking (4 powerful tips for positive thoughts)
Positive Thought Tips
For most of us, it’s hard to understand just how powerful our minds are. How the thoughts that run through our brains all day long, actually have the power to create and change our lives, to help us reach and achieve our goals. Negative and positive thoughts carry energy which attracts more of what you think about and focus on.
I’ve read that we have on average around 60,000 to 65,000 thoughts coming at as each day. That’s a lot of thinking if you ask me.
And do you realize that the bulk of those thoughts tend to lean more toward the negative side? Someone makes us mad, or didn’t do something we expected them to, we get stuck in traffic, behind someone driving too slow, we have too much to do, we work for someone we don’t get along with well, the dog made a mess on the floor . . . AGAIN . . . . and on and on those negative thoughts go.
It’s way more normal for our minds to think about what bothers us than to stay in a positive place. It almost seems easier to stay mad than it does to try and stay happy, do you agree?
But do you realize what all those negative thoughts do? They are actually attracting more and more negative thoughts until you get to the point of feeling completely overwhelmed and frustrated.
And what about all the thoughts that come along with growing a blog or starting an online business. All the thoughts we have that tell us over and over that we can’t do it, we’ll never be successful, we aren’t good enough.
Do you have those thoughts too?
The thing you need to realize is that thoughts are just that – thoughts.
And you have so much more control over your thoughts than you give yourself credit for.
Maybe you are trapped in a daily habit of allowing these types of thoughts to take over your mind, but you should know that you and you alone have the power to change what you think about, to stop the negative thoughts.
And the more you practice changing what you think about, the easier it will become to stop the onslaught of negative thinking so your mind stays clear to think about what’s most important – creating an amazing online business so you can do what you love and build the life of your dreams.
I have as many negative thoughts as the next person, but I’ve discovered a few surefire ways to begin to rewire your thinking process and help you have a more positive mindset. Here’s how to think positive and how to stop negative thoughts.
4 tips for changing negative thoughts to positive thoughts
1. Stop the negative thought in its tracks
Yep, just stop it!
Seems way too simple, doesn’t it? But it’s very effective in helping you to become more aware of when you need to change your thoughts.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a major overthinker. I analyze things to death. Replay them over and over in my mind. And what this usually does is makes a problem that starts out as a tiny bit annoying, into a giant, frustrating, tangled mess of thoughts all up in my brain.
And when that’s happening, all the wonderfully creative and positive thoughts that I should be thinking about are trapped behind the mess.
So I’ve learned as I practice the art of stopping this negative thinking pattern to simply just stop thinking about it. As my awareness of this pattern has gotten better, I find it easier just to simply tell myself “nope, not gonna think about that.”
And just like that, I find something good to think about.
This definitely takes some practice, but I think you will find it very useful in kicking out the negative thoughts that are holding you back and keeping you frustrated and angry.
2. Practice gratitude every single day
Stopping the train of negative thoughts is the first step, but shifting your mind to something more positive is not always that easy.
You may be going through a hard time, or dealing with a situation that is completely stressing you out. And even if you can successfully master stopping your negative thoughts, you still have to replace them with something.
And that’s where practicing gratitude comes in.
No matter what is going on in your life, or how bad things seem, I bet you have a huge list of things to be thankful for.
Family, jobs, cars, pets, homes, of course, are the big things we always think to be thankful for, but what about the more simple things that you never think about. The fact that you can take a warm shower whenever you want, have clean water to drink, have access to medicine if you get sick, toilet paper!
Yes, I said toilet paper. There are some places in the world (so I’ve heard) where toilet paper is a luxury that not everyone has access to (hmmmm).
So be grateful.
Be grateful for your freedom, grateful for new opportunities, grateful for the little things that you never even think about.
I promise that even in the hardest of times, you have so much to be grateful for, and that’s where you shift your focus.
Fill your mind with thoughts of gratitude, and you will quickly be able to shift your mind to a more positive, healthy place, which will allow you to get back to focusing on living your best life.
3. Write it down and get it out of your head
65,000 thoughts every day means you’ve got one busy brain. Most of those thoughts can often be repetitive and similar in nature.
We get hung up on thinking about something and letting it fester and grow and become bigger than it needs to be.
So if you find yourself doing that, take out a notebook and write everything down. Get it all out of your head and onto paper.
Give yourself permission to put those thoughts away for a bit and worry about them later if you need to.
We hold onto thoughts we are unable to process and let g of. So it may be very helpful to simply put pen to paper and let those troubling thoughts out of your mind for a while.
Journaling can also be a huge help in processing those thoughts and feelings, and can often lead you to find the solution you couldn’t see because your mind was so chaotically focused on the wrong thoughts.
Don’t have a notebook or journal handy? No problem! You can download the free set of journaling printables at the end of this post to use anytime you need help getting it out on paper.
4. Read something positive (or listen to a podcast)
I saved the best for last. This is by far one of the best ways to retrain your brain to stop thinking negative thoughts and focusing on things you most likely can’t change.
I go through phases of reading a great fiction book and my self-help book obsession.
When I find a great book that helps me to change my mindset or teaches me how to live a better life, I’m all over it. As a matter of fact, I can often get a bit too passionate about the books I’m reading when talking to friends, but it’s because I see the extreme value that picking up a great self-help book can do for your life.
When you find yourself completely overwhelmed, stressed about life situations, frustrated that things in life are not entirely going the way you want them to, then go find yourself a really great book that will help you figure out how to fix things.
It’s not up to anyone in your life to make things better but you!
And unfortunately, we are not equipped with all the answers, or I guess you wouldn’t be reading this post in the first place.
Books are amazing and so full of new ways of thinking that will change your life in ways you never dreamed.
And if you don’t have time to read an actual book, Audible is a great way to download books and listen while you drive, workout and even grocery shop (yes, I do that).
Changing what you think about can positively change your life
I’m not here to tell you that you can stop the crappy thoughts. You can’t, I can’t, no one can. It’s just part of who we are.
But I am here to tell you that when you learn to change as many of those nasty little negative thoughts into more positive thoughts, your life begins to change and becomes so much better.
I think you would agree that you feel much happier when your mind isn’t cluttered with “all the angry thoughts,” right?
Changing negative thought patterns is a process, but can be done with a little practice and patience. You deserve to think happy thoughts, right!
I’d love to hear your suggestions on stopping and changing negative thoughts. Leave me a comment below and let me know!