The mind is like a piece of fertile soil; if you don’t plant on it, you will soon have all sorts of weeds growing there. The best way to treat the mind is to cultivate and weed it of negative thoughts continuously.
A negative mindset drains you of energy, robs you of your joy and blurs your vision in life. It reduces your capacity to succeed and has a crooked way of magnifying your problems and belittling your potentials.
If you want to live life to the full and leave your impact on the shores of time, you need to fight negativity constantly.
Here are ten of the most effective strategies:
1. Take responsibility
One of the very first things you need to deal with is to stop seeing yourself as some form of a victim; your mindset, confidence fulfilment, and success is strictly your responsibility to which you have to rise.
Whatever mindset you find yourself with, you must be ready to work on it, make the best of it and improve yourself.
2. Practice gratitude
You never know how much you have until you learn to count your blessings. You need to stop focusing on what is not working and appreciate what you have, what is working and what you have gone well for you.
Be grateful to the people who have invested in you and for everything good that has happened to you and you will see how much of the negativity and bitterness will disappear from you.
3. Let go of the past
Sometimes you find yourself stuck because of something you did wrong, some mistakes you made or something that didn’t go as planned and your disappointment is weighing you down; it is time to move on.
Take responsibility for anything you have done; apologize if you hurt anyone; make corrections if possible and accept the consequences for what you have done wrong but don’t hang it on your neck forever.
Move on already.
4. Forgiveness is happiness
You will not be able to experience positivity if you have not forgiven somebody for hurting you.
Malice and refusal to forgive is one of the self-imposed prisons that keeps many in bondage and stagnation. No matter your hurt; you need to let go and set yourself free to enjoy a positive life.
5. Writing a journal
There is nothing that can help you track your thoughts like putting them down. The principle here is elementary; every time you put your thoughts down, you release a piece of that bottled-up emotion and negative energy; then you can feel better and lighten your heavy heart.
6. Stop taking yourself too seriously
While it is not a bad thing to always want to give your best and do it perfectly, you also need to understand that you are human and you may fall short once in a while; stop taking yourself too seriously.
It is alright to mess up sometimes; there is nothing wrong with not doing it perfectly every time.
Laugh over your mistakes; make the necessary adjustments; learn the lesson and move on; not one person in this whole wide world is perfect, not even you. Deal with it.
7. Try meditation
One of the coolest tools to employ in dealing with negativity is to practice meditation or yoga.
Those precious moments you spend in silent and relaxed contemplation is very useful in dissolving negative thoughts and generating new positive energy from the universe around you.
8. Reading a book or listening to live transforming podcasts
Positive thoughts are carried on the wings of words and pictures; you are the product of what you have been feeding on.
There is nothing that fights negative thoughts like the consistent infusion of positive words, thoughts, and actions.
Take your time to consume and interact with information that will help you see yourself in a positive light.
9. Working out
Another magic wand against negative thoughts is working out. You can either do this alone or in a group; you can do it indoors in a gym or outdoors right on the road.
Apart from the mental benefits of a healthy body, exercise helps you to reduce stress hormones which improve emotions. Work out regularly and improve your chances at happiness.
10. Networking with the right circle of influence
Undoubtedly birds of a feather flock together; your mindset is usually determined by the kind of people who you hang out with and who hold critical sway over your life.
If you can control the people in your life, you can control your mind.
If you want to change how you think and what you think, you must change your circle of influence.