Do you ever find yourself getting stuck in a pattern of negative thoughts and expecting the worst possible outcome in every situation? Unfortunately this is a common mind-set that proves difficult to change until you finally decide you’ve had enough. Sadly, it’s a fact that negative thoughts tend to breed and multiply on their own – even if you’re not consciously trying to think negatively.
The good news is that turning a negative outlook into a positive one just takes a bit of patience and persistence until a stream of positive thought begins to take over.
Presented below are three simple steps to begin forming positive expectations on a daily basis:
1. Cultivate a self-awareness that recognizes negative expectations.
One problem with negative thoughts is that they often form below your conscious level of awareness and you get so used to them being a part of your thought process that you scarcely notice it anymore. To turn the overwhelming tide of negativity, you’ll have to develop a stronger level of self-awareness. One very good way to start is by performing self-checks several times a day. Pay attention first to how you feel. If you’re feeling positive and productive, most likely you’ve been thinking positive thoughts.
However, if you notice that you’re feeling irritable, pessimistic or stressed, you’re probably focusing more on negative thoughts. When that happens:
2. Challenge and change your negative thoughts.
Believe it or not, it’s fairly easy to challenge and change those negative thoughts with a little willpower and concentration. For example, if you find yourself feeling doubtful about your ability to finish your work on time, you might engage in a bit of self-talk like this: “Okay, so I’m feeling a bit worried right now, but really everything is okay. I’m strong, I’m smart and I’m capable of finishing my work on time. I’ll do my best and everything will work out fine.” Even though nothing has changed in your outer circumstances, this type of optimistic self-talk can get you thinking and feeling more positive.
3. Work daily on developing general positive expectations to make it a habit.
Each day when you wake up, affirm confidently, “Today is going to be a great day! Everything will go my way and I’ll enjoy plenty of lucrative opportunities and fun! ”
When you encounter obstacles or problems, see them as opportunities to learn, grow and strengthen yourself. Perception is 99% of the game! If you simply work on shifting the way you look at the experiences of your life, you can easily conquer your negative thought habits.
A repeating pattern of negative thought wastes time, effort, and energy and detract from a positive, motivated, and productive outcome. Expecting the best in everything can only improve and streamline your daily life experience and is a healthy lifestyle to follow.
The more you focus on changing your perspective to emphasize the positive, you will greatly empower yourself to create better circumstances in your life. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying better and more frequent opportunities and attracting other likeminded, successful people to connect with.
- Positive Affirmations, Why Should We Practice Them? (realgoalgetter.com)
- Positive thinkers are poised for success (citizen-times.com)
- You Get What You Ask for (socyberty.com)
- Positive thinking helps net positive results – USA Today (usatoday.com)
- Harbor Only Positive Thoughts (psychologytoday.com)
Category: Healthy Spirit