Get Rid Of Negative Thoughts

Do negative thoughts sometimes seem to creep into your mind and try to ruin your day or at least part of it before you even know what’s happening? Before I became a Coach I spent most of my life thinking that way.

Perhaps for you parents or other influences in your life may have been the role models for your negative thinking patterns. (Dont worry – they didn’t mean it!)

Negative thoughts are a terrible and predictable cycle that needs to be broken and then you can replace those thoughts that you banish from your mind with positive ones. Until then, you need to learn how to challenge and conquer each negative thought that tries to sneak itself into your thinking process and destroy your good mood.

As a Life Coach I teach my clients to be sure to ask some of these  questions  when negative thoughts do appear in your thinking process. Ask yourself if the thought is reasonable or does it lack the facts to support it. The situation may not be as bad as you perceive it to be or you’re thinking, “What if…,” and it may never happen.

Most people I coach go through life never knowing that their negative thoughts were sabotaging their lives. Once you realize that and are currently doing what you can to reverse those thoughts, you’re way ahead of the others.

Self-talk is the best way to either sabotage our lives or go on with our lives with confidence and positivity. Unfortunately, I have found with my clients that self-talk is most often geared toward negativity, but if you are determined to reverse the pattern and think positively about your life and the situations you’re going through, you’re way ahead of the game.

Look hard for the evidence in the thoughts you’re having. For example, if you’re thinking, “the weather is bad and the plane might crash,” you know intelligently that you have no evidence to support that thought. Most planes take off and land with no incidence at all. So, you can think that your thoughts aren’t factual, but made up of interpretations.

Also, challenge your negative thinking by asking yourself what is the worst thing that could happen in a situation and how likely is it to happen. If you were thinking positive thoughts, would the situation remain as serious as it is in your mind right now? Probably not.

Another thing you can do to challenge your negative thinking is to direct your thinking toward the goals you want to accomplish. For example, ask yourself if what you’re thinking will help you achieve your goals – or not.

Can you learn from the situation you’re in and know how to think about it next time? After you conquer your negative thinking, you can begin to think positively about any situation you’re in and ease your way through life.

Glen Murdoch

Glen Murdoch is the founder and CEO of The Life Coaching College. He has a long history of working with Athletes and Teams as a Performance Coach and Analyst and has developed Australia's number 1 Life Coaching College.