Have you ever found yourself trapped in a cesspool of negativity you cannot seem to get out of, where having positivity is the last thing on your mind?
Have you become used to anticipating the worst in all scenarios?
Does having a positive mindset seem like a distant dream?
If you have, it is not an unusual problem that you are facing.
It is typical of a large number of people who find it hard to get rid of their pessimist outlook even if they consciously decide that they are through with such a mindset.
The bad news is, negative thinking has a way of proliferating uncontrollably even though you are not being deliberately negative.
But there is some good news too.
You can turn a negative mindset into a positive mindset if you persevere with your specific efforts to that end. Keeping at it patiently will help you slowly turn the tide of negativity into positivity and immerse yourself in a wave of optimism.
These easy steps will help you make positive expectations a reality:
#1 Be conscious of your negative thinking.
Negative thinking has a way of originating in your subconscious mind, as a result, that you often fail to take note of it altogether. You get accustomed to expecting the worst in any situation, not thinking that it is in any way out of the ordinary.
The first step to getting out of this syndrome of pessimism is to grow a greater amount of awareness about your own self. Try checking on your own feelings a few times every day. Focus on how you are feeling at that point in time. Are you feeling upbeat and dynamic? If you are, it is likely that your thoughts have been on the optimistic side.
If on the other hand, your mood is ill-tempered, gloomy or tense, you must have been thinking negatively.
#2 Confront your negative thoughts.
You will be surprised at how little strength of mind it takes to get yourself out of the clutches of pessimism. You have to take your negative thoughts head on. One way of doing that is to try and convince yourself of your positive intent.
If you are facing an uphill task and feeling anxious right now, tell yourself that things are not actually that tight. That you are tough, clever and competent enough to tackle the assignment at hand if you give it your best shot. You have done it before and there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do it again.
Although the external situation remains unchanged, this kind of positivity is like a pep-talk to yourself which will have you feeling upbeat in no time.
#3 Make positivity a habit by expecting positive things in general.
You need to work at transforming your negative thoughts every single day. On waking up, affirm to yourself that it is going to be a fantastic day and you are going to find ample scope for growth and enjoyment.
Always remember that problems are a matter of perception. All it takes to change your negative thinking habits is to transform the way you look at things. You no doubt enrich yourself a lot and grow as a person from the experience of facing adversity. Then why shouldn’t you treat challenges as an opportunity for growth and learning?