Stamp Out Negativity Fast!

Stamp Out Negativity Fast!
Yes you can!
You’ve probably heard that one of the most common practices of successful people is positive thinking. But how easy is it to make this a practice in your life? 

Sure, you’ve probably had good days where you could keep your thoughts positive and empowering. But what about those days when it just seems that nothing is going right and you can’t seem to keep the flies of negative thought from ruining your picnic? 

If you’re curious about the solution to this dilemma, this simple yet powerful strategy might be just what you’re looking for.


Re-framing Your Thoughts


The first key to stamping out negative thoughts fast is to accept that your thoughts not only influence your actions, but your actions also influence your thoughts. When you let fear take over and you act in terror, the fear will only grow more and more powerful. 

However, if you refuse to allow fear force you to fearful actions, and if you choose acts of courage instead, you’ll find that your fear will take on a new context: excitement. Think about this: Biologically, fear and excitement aren’t any different. 

They both cause accelerated heartbeat, rapid breathing and heightened physical senses. Yet there is an enormous difference between the frame of mind that accompanies fear and that which accompanies excitement - your experiences influence your frame of mind. 

For example, if you fear rejection and retreat into the privacy of your own thoughts, you’re only reinforcing what you fear, through what psychologists like to call “self-rejection.” If instead you act in courage by either approaching that prospect, or speaking to that member of the opposite sex whom you’re afraid of being rejected by, you give that fear a new context. 

The more persistent you are in confronting your fear with acts of courage, the less like fear it will seem, and the more excitement you’ll feel. This is the fastest and most effective way to stamp out negative thoughts. 

Now, in case you’re thinking that this sounds way too simple to be true ... 

Making the Switch 


Have you ever changed your mind about something? Of course you have ... but what really changed? 

Most likely it wasn’t your mind, it was your actions ... and those actions changed because your priorities changed. You decided that a new action was more important than your original one. 

This is exactly the key to re-framing your thoughts by taking new and empowering actions. The next time you’re overwhelmed by worry or fear, or any other kind of negative thought, ask yourself this: “What action is this negative thought keeping me from taking?” 

If the action is stupid or if you don’t have it planned out, then your “negative” thought might be valid. It might tell you that you need to develop a more solid plan of action. 

However, if the action is something which would be beneficial to you or someone you care about, redirect your focus to what’s important. You influence your thoughts and emotions by what you focus on, and the more you focus on what’s important to you, the fewer thoughts and feelings of fear and worry will hinder you when you try to take positive action. 

You’ll also empower yourself to confront your negative thoughts with acts of courage, and those actions will re-frame your thoughts. 

TIP: The next time that you have a negative thought, stop and think about what that thought might tell you. Most often, once you discover the source of your negative thoughts, they lose their power to influence you. 

However, if you keep trying to bury them, you’ll miss the insight that they hold, and the more persistent they’ll become.