Creating a positive mindset has gained quite a bit of popularity in recent years due to “The Secret.” However, it can be difficult to change a lifetime of negative self-talk into a positive frame of mind overnight. This is particularly difficult for people that have suffered from poverty, poor health or were raised by extremely negative parents. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. It simply takes time and commitment.
There are several ways to overcome negative thinking. You have to genuinely want to change your negative thought patterns. Although most of us would willingly want to be more positive, there are some people that resist change even when it is beneficial for them. Their negative thought patterns are so ingrained in their subconscious, that they are filled with doubt and disbelief that anything could make a difference in their lives. They may even become comfortable with their negative way of thinking. So the first step is really wanting to change your negative beliefs into a more positive pattern.
Once you have decided that you really want a positive change in your life, then you have to be dedicated to making it happen. You have to consciously watch how you feel, and what you think and say. You have to do this all of the time. If you give up too soon, you will miss the fruit of your labor and stay stuck in the same old belief pattern. If you’ve been a negative thinker all your life, it takes time to change your way of thinking. Most people lack patience, but anything worth accomplishing will require work and patience. People often stop trying right when things are about to get better for them. Keep your thoughts positive even when doubt creeps in.
Decide what you want out of life and focus on it. Write affirmations that detail what you want and repeat them daily. Believe that you have achieved your goals and you will. Listen to affirmation CDs or record your own. You can also use a program like Windows Live Movie Maker to create your own positive affirmation movie using videos and pictures that represent the goals you want to achieve.
Learn to control your emotions. It is difficult to think and act positively when you are feeling angry, anxious or fearful. Trying to feel confident when you are shy is difficult, but acting as though you are confident will help you become self-assured. Telling yourself that you are wealthy when you are looking at a pile of bills that you can’t afford to pay may seem self-defeating. However, telling yourself that your financial situation is improving and that you are earning more money, and believing it is possible will eventually make it so.
The key to changing your negative mind chatter is belief. You have to believe that what you want is possible for you. The future is a sea of possibilities, so you have to believe that the changes you desire are possible. You also have to be consistent in those beliefs. You can’t believe one day, and then give up the next. Be positive, patient and consistent, and your life will change for the better.