Module 33 - Daily Positive Mind-Setting. Keeping your negative /non-productive thoughts out of your mind
Leadership & Personal Development Series
Why did I choose this topic?
Probably, because, I face the same challenge as many of you - the need to focus on the positive in every situation vs. the negative. Often times, if you allow negative thoughts or emotions to take over, you would become controlled by them, and all actions tht you would take will most likely result in negative outcomes. I have been guilty of allowing negative thoughts or situations to dictate my next steps, which never resulted in the positive outcome. Instead, negative actions led me to the negative results. However, when I acknowledged that negativity has taken over my action and re-focused only on the positive instead by pushing away any negative thoughts and emotions, all of the sudden my day dramatically improved and productivity increased.
There are two primary ways that you may be exposed to negativity. First, is your mind choosing to focus on the negative thoughts and see negative outcome in every action that you may take. Second, is being surrounded by negatively-minded individuals, who are not happy or satisfied with what may be happening around them at any given point of time, almost every day. I will discuss both of these ways separately for further clarity.
Negative mind is your own enemy. How does our own mind become our source of negative energy? Usually it all starts with experiencing failures on the repetitive basis in our personal and professional lives. Most people would focus on the negative outcome before any action is even taken, just because that is what they had experienced in prior attempts. Therefore, the thought is, "well what is different this time, it will still result in the failed outcome." For example, a particular initiative was discussed and implemented temporarily in your business, it generated a lot of excitement and drive, however, in the few months the idea was placed on pause or stopped all together. Then, new and exciting initiative is introduced again, but now instead of feeling excited and hopeful, your mind is focusing on the negative, thinking "well, this initiative will be forgotten in few months again, just like the one prior." Therefore, instead of focusing on the positive and presenting a plan of action to ensure that this time the new initiative becomes very successful and long lived, our mind goes into negative mode which required no action on your part, and no need to present solutions - an easy way out. But is that an effective way that will help you and your business to be successful? Of course not, as focusing on the negativity will result in the negative outcome for all parties involved.
Negative people = Negative Thoughts = Negative Results. What happens when you are surrounded by negative people? When you are surrounded by negative people, often times their negative energy consumes you and begins draining your positive energy. The goal of negatively-minded people is to convert your positive energy into negative, to ensure that your energy and way of thinking matches theirs. It works the same way when you are surrounded by positively minded individuals. Their positive energy and way of thinking will inspire you and refill your positive energy bank to the top, which usually would lead to positive and successful outcomes. Therefore, be mindful of the people with whom you surround yourself with, to make sure the energy you receive from them is the energy that you need.
So, what are some of the ways to keep positively-focused mind and keep negative thoughts out?
These are some of the ways to overcome negative thoughts and focus on the positive and exciting future. Remember, negative thoughts lead to negative results. So, you should ask yourself, what kind of results I want to see in my personal and professional life?
If you have enjoyed what you have read and you are interested to learn about additional and different ways to remove negative thoughts from your mind while focusing on the positive in every situation, you may purchase my e-book titled "Daily Positive Mind-Setting Techniques - Ways to keep negative thoughts out of your mind." This e-book will be available in the Heart & Mind of a Leader store on Wednesday, April 27th and will include the four steps mentioned earlier and 10 additional ways to help you re-focus and think positively every day.