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Monday, June 20, 2011

Don't Allow Negative Thoughts To Steal Your Dreams



In this article we're going to discuss the burden we all carry of our own negative thoughts. These can be thoughts that are given us by other people in their feedback or thoughts we've been 'smart' enough to come up with ourselves to talk us out of doing something!
Now, before we get started, this is not going to be one of those 'just think positive thoughts and everything will be ok' sessions. I don't care what other people tell you - that just doesn't work. Thinking positive thoughts will NOT guarantee your success. I can tell you now, the absolute key to success in any area of your life is taking action - but that's something for another day.
No, what I'm talking about is recognizing that negative thoughts can almost guarantee your failure.
Just stop and think about it for a moment - when was the last time you met someone who was really successful and, at the same time, they were also pessimistic? I'm not a betting man but if I were, I'd give you good odds you could count them on the fingers of no hands.
In general, successful people are very optimistic. But you might say "Well I'd be a whole lot more likely to be optimistic if I had their success!" Here's the thing - we need to flip that statement around. We need to be saying "Well I'd be a whole lot more likely to be successful if I had their optimism!"
As I've said, negativity can come in two forms - external and internal. There's not a lot we can do about the external except choose not to be influenced by it - or change the people we mix with. What we can do something about, though, is our own internal dialogue.
When we mess up or something doesn't turn out as we planned - don't swear under your breath or call yourself an idiot or even worse. Replace that way of thinking with something more positive. Ask yourself what you can learn from what just happened and how you can do it better next time.
I was on a forum the other day and saw a comment - I'm afraid I cannot remember exactly where and can't recall the name of the gentleman who left it so cannot give him credit here - but he said the most wonderful thing. He said that his New Year's Resolution had been to decide that things would no longer go wrong for him, they would just go astonishingly well in an unexpected way he hadn't quite figured out yet!
What a great way to turn things around - that gentleman was standing at the start of a fresh New Year in the knowledge that absolutely nothing was going to go wrong for him. Now, with that attitude, do you believe he is more likely or less likely to achieve the goals he set for himself this year?
So, today I want you to listen to your own self-talk - particularly when things are going astonishingly well in a way you haven't quite figured out yet - and any time any degree of negativity creeps in there, replace it with something positive.
Get in touch and let me know how that goes and tell me what it does for your energy levels, too - I think you might just amaze yourself!
Ivan spent thirty years pursuing a typical career path, when a series of events led him to suspect there must be more to life.
So he and his wife, Carole, decided to see if there was. The answer was a resounding YES!
Ivan and Carole now show others how they can have the life they want if they just make the decision to go out and get it.
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  2. Yes great post- yet we can give the negative thoughts a higher purpose. let's not throw the negative thoughts away but use them to help us see what it is that we are afraid of or don't want to look at.

    Ed Fox