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Thinking Positively and Avoiding Negative Thoughts

By:  G. Ravishankar

In fact, 80% of our energy remains underutilized because of negative thoughts. How to use your fullest potential?  It is essential explore your inner strength, which remains dormant.  Self-motivation can help to realize your strength. Repeat the positive thought “I have the capacity to fulfill the task”

Analyze the negative thoughts that inhibit your progress. How can it be possible? Try to recall the positive things that have happened in your life. Remembering these incidents will help you to thrash out negative feelings. This will in turn lead to progress in your life.

Recalling positive thoughts can help to pacify your mind.  For example, you had shown distinctive performance during school days; try to recall the incident several times.  Share the thoughts with your friends.

You can fulfill your goals by way of positive thoughts.  When your goal is coupled with positive thinking to achieve the same periodically, you can definitely achieve the same.

Do you know what do you think about when you exercise? Are your thoughts positive (“dang, I feel good!”) or negative (“why can’t I lose more weight?”)? Noticing your thoughts may be important when it comes to exercise, since negative thoughts can actually keep you from a consistent exercise program. You don’t necessarily have to

become a walking smile, but figuring out distorted thinking patterns can make exercising easier and, yes, even more fun.

Unrealistic goal   If you berate yourself for losing only five pounds instead of ten, you may be guilty of this kind of distorted thinking. Why not give yourself credit for your successes? If you’ve started exercising, that alone is a cause for celebration and, if you’re seeing some results, that’s even better. Everything you do that makes you healthier is a success. Focus on that and take some time to make sure your goal is realistic.

The Negative thought – Are you having trouble exercising because your gym is too far away?  Blaming external factors makes it easier to avoid taking responsibility for your own choices. If you’re not working out, it’s up to you to figure out why you’re not sticking to your program. Maybe you don’t like going to a gym or maybe your workouts are too hard. Once you figure out the problem, you can take steps to rectify the situation. Explore your reasons for not exercising so you can change your approach.

Monitor your self-talk. What are you saying to yourself when you have a setback? If you skip a workout do you tell yourself you are a lazy slug? If you give in to a big portion of your favorite treat, do you tell yourself that you will always be fat and will never stick to a healthy diet?

Once you’ve analyzed the reasons and come up with a course of action that would have kept you more on course, now talk to yourself in a positive way. “That cake was delicious. Next time I’ll savor a couple of bites rather than taking a big piece.” “I needed some breathing space in my schedule and so I missed the workout. I’ll bring a resistance band to work so I can get in some exercises while on hold on the phone.”

The more you catch yourself in negative self-talk and stop to analyze why you are criticizing yourself, the more you can redirect yourself to positive action. Eventually, you may begin congratulating yourself on doing the right thing rather than criticizing yourself for doing the wrong thing. Negative feelings and negative talk won’t cease completely, but if you use them as opportunities to analyze why things went wrong and to focus on positive actions, you will turn them into tools for improvement.

At first, just noticing the negative thoughts may be difficult, they happen so fast. But, as you practice, you’ll be able to feel them coming on and stop them before they take hold.

Instead of thinking, “I’ll never finish this workout,” try, “All I have to do is try my best.” You can even take out your paperclip chain and take one away for every good

thought you have…at least until your office manager sends out an email asking who stole all the paperclips.

Here are some tips to help you get rid of the negativity in your life:

.     Try to set a realistic goal for reducing your negativity. Saying that you’ll never have a negative thought again is unrealistic and will only set yourself up for failure. In most cases, it won’t happen overnight so expect the entire process to take about a month.

.      Endeavour to surround yourself with people who are positive. You don’t have to dump your friends that are negative, but try to excuse yourself when conversation topics turn negative and don’t participate in ‘pity parties’’.

.     Be aware of when you allow negativity to affect you and stop it. Turn it into a positive thing by thinking to yourself “I caught myself saying something negative so I won’ do it again next time.”

.     Reward yourself when you avoid being negative.

Again, keep in mind that your goal here is to reduce the amount of negativity in your life and not completely eliminate it (if you can do the latter, more power to you). Unfortunately, popular media often portrays positive people in a negative as weirdrd, out of touch, annoying, negative and obnoxious. This is because when people are happy and fulfilled they are usually exuberant and filled with energy.

Recall your positive incidents.  Realize your full potential.  Set a goal and try to achieve the same by way of realistic steps.  The result will be forthcoming progressively and you will in turn lead a very happy life.


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