Whether you believe it or not, human beings are naturally negative. The problem with negativity is that it ends up limiting our accomplishments and ability to move forward in our lives. To change your mindset, you have to begin saying no to negativity. Here are four ways you can start to say no to negativity and change your mindset.
1. Set Reasonable Goals
Many people who focus on the negative side of life, tend to put themselves down because they set huge goals that are almost impossible to achieve. When you set smaller, more reasonable goals, you have a better chance of being successful in achieving them, motivating you to reach the next one.
2. Turn Problems into Challenges
Words are potent. If you often find yourself negatively describing your life, try creating a list of all the negative words you use throughout the day and replace them with more positive ones. For example, if you are always complaining about your problems, start to refer to them as challenges instead. This may seem like simple semantics, but the words you use on a daily basis can have a real effect on your attitude.
3. Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed
When you first wake up, it can be easy to begin thinking about all the stuff that you need to accomplish that day or complain about how your kids kept you up all night. To get rid of this negativity, begin your day by asking yourself the following three questions.
- What am I excited about today?
- Who can I encourage or serve today?
- What am I grateful for?
Taking the time to think about all that you have and all that you are excited about will completely change your outlook for the entire day.
4. Reset Your Default Answer
People who are naturally negative tend to use no as their first response to anything new. This is done in part to allow them the time to think about it before making a decision. Unfortunately, they end up defending their original ‘no’ decision, even when they might not have to. To combat this natural response, try saying “I’m not sure; give me a minute.” Then try to find a reason to say yes, rather than no.
If you find that your life is surrounded by negativity, it is essential to take the necessary steps to eliminate it from your life. Utilize these tips to help you say no to negativity and change your mindset for success.