The daily drudgery of practice, the impulse control required to say no to distractions, and the discipline needed to get better at something, even when your body is tired or mind unfocused, separates mediocrity from real talent.

Dan Trepanier

Mentor Coach , The Impact of Negative Thinking on Your Everyday Life

We’ve all seen the news lately. The world is a troubled place.

In this context, negative thinking seems like realistic thinking. I mean, staying positive amid entropy and not expecting the worst is downright dumb, right? 

When you let negative thoughts take control over your mind, you allow them to take control. 

Allow that to sink in for a second. With that in mind, let’s go into detail and discuss the influence that negative thinking has on your everyday life.

 

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1) You’re Unknowingly Setting Yourself up for Failure

”I can’t do that. Things won’t go my way. Life is only going to get worse from now on”.

When you fuel your mind with these kinds of thoughts, you are intentionally sabotaging yourself by:

  • Lowering your confidence level
  • Losing motivation and ambition
  • Reducing your self-esteem

You don’t need this kind of discouragement.

The truth is that most people have an easier time accepting failure. That’s because they’ve come to expect it. 

Success, on the other hand, is hard to define and difficult to deal with. Few people are mentally or emotionally equipped to handle real success. 

2) Don’t Lose Track of What Matters Most.

By focusing on the negative aspects of your life, you risk losing perspective.

Negative thinking is just a waste of thoughts. Are all those worries on your mind right now worth your energy and time?

Or are you giving them more recognition than they deserve and neglecting other things in your life that are meaningful?

Negative thoughts are just like bullies. They take advantage of your weakness, hit you when you’re down, and make you forget about life’s positive aspects.

But if you stand up for yourself and recalibrate your mind, you can win the fight!

3) Negative Thinking Is a Lot like Getting Drunk

Minus the fun.

I mean by this, negative thinking clouds your judgment and alters your behaviour, much like alcohol does.

Only that, instead of alcohol, you are intoxicated with your gloomy outlook on life.

When you let negative thoughts take over your life, you start being less active and stop seeking new opportunities in your life. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, my friend.

However, every new day gives you a clean slate, a fresh start, and a chance to do things better.