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How To Overcome Negative Thoughts

Learning how to overcome negative thoughts starts with admitting you’re having them.

Wow, that’s a profound statement. You would never have thought of that right? See what I did just then? I followed a positive comment with a negative and sarcastic one.

Sarcasm can be funny but it also acts as a decoy for what really is a negative thought followed by a negative comment.

Seriously, admitting you’re having negative thoughts is crucial. Before you can even attempt to minimize them in your thinking, you have to be aware you’re having them.

When I’m out running early in the morning, I’ll find myself drifting back to past moments. And they are usually negative. I generally think back to people I feel did me wrong.

As far back as elementary school, high school, my early family life, my ex wife – you get the picture. So how can you stop having these negative thoughts?

Forget A 20 Point Lesson On How To Overcome Negative Thoughts

I initially intended this to be a twenty point article on how to overcome negative thoughts.

The problem with that is most people will never ever use ten percent of them.

In fact, confusion will reign.

So I decided to sit down at the computer and just let loose on what has virtually cured me of my negative thought pattern.

Actually, I have two methods – one for people and one for everything else.

But you may be able to take advantage of both. I hope so.

How To Get Rid Of A Current Negative Thought Pattern

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The first basically deals with everything in life.

From your job to your hobby to your aspirations – anything.

I learned this from popular evangelist Joyce Meyer. Here it is:

The moment you wake up in the morning simply say…

“Something good is going to happen today”.

Not just once, but keep repeating it until it becomes ingrained in your mind.

Meyer suggests cranking up the power of this statement by following it up with a repeated barrage of the following:

“Something good is going to happen to me today”.

Nothing complicated to see here but a couple of simple statements. Don’t let their simplicity mask the power they have when you speak them out loud.

Most negativity is rooted out of fear. We prejudge people and events in our mind. Once we start doing this, we begin to think back to all the people who wronged us.

Before we know it, we have a fully-fledged negativity party going on.

When I’d return from my morning exercise, there was a time when I’d leave in a positive and happy mood and by the time I got back home, I was ready to strangle someone.

Oh how I don’t miss those days! Go ahead, tomorrow morning when you wake up declare something good is going to happen to you.

Actually, why wait until tomorrow, start now.

Overcome Negative Thinking Through Love

Oh please, like you’ve never heard of the word love? This tip deals with the negative thoughts you have about other people.

As I mentioned, I was so messed up I would go back several decades to elementary school and one person in particular.

As the son of an Italian immigrant couple, I had to deal with a little bit of unwanted attention. You get the picture.

One kid in particular, much older than I was had it in for me. He’d use my background to get a laugh at every opportunity.

I have to admit, it was tough going to school on some days. Good news was, he was graduating to high school so it didn’t last long.

Did it have an effect on me? Not career-wise but it was a constant source of negative thoughts creeping into my thinking.

I was fortunate to meet a wiser older person early in my life who gave me an exercise to do.

This is what he said.

“Whenever you’re thinking negatively about someone just put yourself in their shoes. Are they dealing with something themselves, being abused, having mental issues, a financial crisis…anything”.

“Then feel their pain and love them”.

I thought to myself no way…love them!?

I eventually began to do this and it worked like a charm. I actually started feeling sorry for the person and began thinking of how their life turned out. Did they make it? Are they okay? Are they even alive?

Final Thoughts?

Negative thinking is subjective for each individual person.

Everyone has their reasons for getting on a bad thought pattern.

The key is to recognize it once it starts and break it.

Both of the methods outlined above are powerful enough to halt these patterns. What you need to do then is to replace them with positive thinking.

Again, everyone is going to have their personal negative and positive thoughts.

In the words of the legendary detective Columbo…

“One more thing”.

Some people just wallow in negativity. Almost to the point of enjoying it. I was there.

Misery loves company is a common term used to describe these folks.

If you’re one of these, stop the negative thinking because by the time you get to a ripe old age, you’ll be so bitter you could end up all alone.

Remember, “something good is going to happen to me today”.

JD Dean

What started out as an intention to fix my own problems, has turned into a mission to share my research with as many people as possible. I’m betting life has thrown you lemons. We've all tasted the same lemons but the key to overcoming the sour tasting result, is to look at failure and give it the middle finger. Maybe my pain can be your gain in whatever area of life you're looking to improve in.

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