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7 Ways To Overcome Negative Thought Patterns

7 Ways To Overcome Negative Thought Patterns

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1. Have Daily Negative Thought Time

1. Have Daily Negative Thought Time

A paradoxical strategy to gain control over negative thinking is to commit to 10 minutes a day ruminating and reviewing them over and over again. Negative Thought Time (NTT) must be 10 minutes and must be every day. When you have a negative thought during the day, jot it down, and tell yourself that you’ll review them during NTT. Over time, you will gain control and negative thinking will stop

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2. Replace the Negative Thoughts

2. Replace the Negative Thoughts

We don’t overcome negative thought patterns, we replace them. For most of us, those negative thought patterns are well-worn neural pathways. Four simple steps:

  • Notice when you have started the pattern.
  • Acknowledge that its a pattern you want to change.
  • Articulate what you want to be different.
  • Choose a different behavior — one that serves your goals.

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3. Be Your Own Best Friend

3. Be Your Own Best Friend

We are mean to ourselves. Nearly 90% of self-talk is negative. Three steps:

  • Release it. Let it out to help process, not to dwell. Three minutes, then the pity party is over.
  • Track it. Identify when you have negative thoughts. Awareness will enable reframing.
  • Reframe it. Once you know why you are being mean, consider what your best friend would say to you. Then tell yourself what you need to hear.

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4. Write Instead Of Thinking

4. Write Instead Of Thinking

Write down why the negative thought is present. Writing versus thinking helps purge the thought out, and when you can see the words on paper or a screen it is easier to make sense of it and move forward.

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5. Ask Yourself Some Tough Questions

5. Ask Yourself Some Tough Questions

Reflect on your answers to some tough questions. 1. What do I get from having negative thought patterns? What’s the reward for me? 2. What do I lose by engaging in negative thoughts? What are the costs? 3. What benefits would I receive from engaging in positive thoughts? What costs are associated with thinking more positively? 4. What in my past made me think negatively? 5. What will I do now?

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6. Establish New Habits

6. Establish New Habits

Rather than thinking of it in terms of “overcoming” negative thought patterns, think of it in terms of establishing new habits. You do that by directing your attention to subjects where there’s nothing to “overcome”: subjects that you already feel good about, and therefore think positively about. That could be your pet, your painted toe nails, being outside, the beach… Start with something easy.

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7. Stop Watching The Morning News

7. Stop Watching The Morning News

Research has shown just three minutes of negative news in the morning will significantly increase your chances of a negative experience over the course of the day. Research has also shown that positive mindset increases productivity and satisfaction while reducing errors rates. Mindset is a choice, but not always an easy one. Look to eliminate negative influences and stop watching morning news.

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