Believe in Yourself Challenge Day 5: Negative Thinking Turnaround

Negative thoughts and their associated energy are bombarding your life. They are all over the television, the news and even your favorite television shows contain negativity. You’ll face it at work and even at home. You’ll  see quite a bit of it online as well. Negativity can invade your life.

What if you pictured your brain as a factory that takes negative thinking as input and re-processes it to turn out positive thoughts? Perhaps this seems a bit abstract as you are not in truth a factory, but if you can think in these terms, you can combat the negative thinking.

During your transition to factory status, you need to stop yourself from overreacting to what other people say. When someone says something you don’t agree with, take a moment to consider what they are saying. When you get annoyed at others, your annoyance can affect your hearing and comprehension – you may stop listening to their words and only want to get your point across as to why they are wrong. Instead, after the individual you are having the conflict with has finished speaking, take a moment and consider what their message is.

The next step is to try and see the issue under discussion from the other person’s point of view. If you’re have a difficult time doing this, calmly ask specific questions of the person making the statement. You can say that you don’t understand the reason for the statement and would like to know more about why they said it.

You don’t always have to agree with the other person, even after you start to process what they say. But taking a few moments, concentrating on the act of listening, and considering their point of view will transform you. This kind of active listening and analysis could even start to challenge your belief system.

Sometimes you can get so focused and invested a belief that even when the reason why you feel that way has changed, you retain the belief. When you start to honestly question your beliefs, it’ll allow you to consider what others have to say more openly. The process will help you in your goal to turn negative thoughts into positive ones.

Negative thoughts seldom lead to increasing your belief in yourself – continued exposure to negative can encourage you to start challenging what everyone says as wrong if they disagree with your way of thinking. You’ll become bitter towards others and eventually, towards yourself. You start to disbelieve that anything is possible because you’ll be shooting down every positive or different suggestion. This type of thinking doesn’t make people happy.

When you start to open yourself to others, you’ll learn more and be more accepting of different beliefs. You’ll become enlightened when this happens, with the end result of a more open and accepting mindset.