You likely don't realize how negative your mindset is. I sure didn't until I tracked my negative thoughts for a day after listening to a podcast from Natalie Sisson of the Suitcase Entrepreneur. To see how negative I was being was eye opening. I knew that I didn't want to continue with this negative mindset. I realized it was holding me back from achieving what I wanted in life. Below I talk about how you can identify your negative thinking and work to shift it.
Try tracking your thoughts for they day. Make a note of how often you have a negative thought on something. Maybe you are stopping for coffee and automatically think the order will be messed up. At work, if you are given a new task - does your mind go to how you don't have time?
Ideally you could start a journal with your thoughts and feelings from day to day. If that sounds like too much work, try a tally. That's what I did. I kept track of how many negative thoughts I had in a day. It's shocking how we talk to ourselves!
Replace With Positivity
Now that you know how your mind is trending, how do you fix it? Having the awareness is the first step. When you notice a negative thought, replace it with something more positive. Realize that you aren't going to change overnight. It will take regular practice, but you will start to notice your initial thoughts being more positive over time.
One way I have found to increase positive thoughts is to look to the exerts. Try listening to a podcast that is in a topic you enjoy. If podcasts aren't your thing, try YouTube videos from Joel Osteen or Tony Robbins. Hearing successful people talk about positive thinking is a great motivator.
One of the things that has really helped me change my negative thoughts into positive ones is focusing on what I am thankful for. After reading a ton of articles on successful people's habits, one I repeatedly kept seeing was mindfulness. I decided to institute a daily five minute meditation. I focus my thoughts on what I am thankful for.
This has made such a difference for me. I can go to work without feeling stuck. I know that I am thankful for my job because I can provide for my family. I am now able to focus on the aspects of my job that I enjoy instead of obsessing about the parts I don't like.
Once you can turn your negative thinking into positive thinking you will notice a few things.
- You have an abundant life
- If you are unhappy with a situation, you have the power to change it
- Positive thinking leads to happiness
- You will open yourself up to more opportunities