Is Negativity Holding You Back?

Negativity always finds a way to creep up in your life from time to time. It's when

negativity builds up too much or shows up too often that you have an obstacle to


A negative attitude can hold you back from truly living your life. However, you don't need

to feel stuck because you can bring positive thoughts back into your life!

How Negativity Can Hold You Back

Negativity can hold you back in a number of ways. Have you heard the saying: "If you think

you can't, you're right"? It's true! Negative thoughts like this really do sabotage your efforts.

The good news is that you can gain control over how you think. When you're

expressing complaints and negativity all the time, it not only affects you, but it also affects

the people around you. Negativity, itself, can be the reason why you create roadblocks that

don't really exist! So it's time to choose the positive (and, yes, it is a choice!).

Adopt a Positive Attitude

When you adopt a positive attitude, you open yourself up to the wonderful world

of possibilities. When positive energy is in the air, you'll be able to transform your

negative feelings and maybe even bring others out of their negativity clouds.

Believe it or not, positive thinking is very powerful. It's the driving force that steers your life

into the direction of your dreams. Remember, your thoughts affect how you feel, and how

you feel affects what you do, so if you can change your thoughts, you can change

your outcome.

How To Develop A Positive Attitude

How can you change your attitude? It's easier than you think.

Follow these tips to develop a positive attitude:

1. Visualize. When the negative thoughts come crawling into your mind, transform them

with positive images. Visualize something that you find pleasing, peaceful, or exciting.

Remember what your ultimate goals are and imagine what it feels like to

achieve them.

2. Write it down. Keeping a journal has many positive effects. It helps you vent your

frustrations, organize your life, and reflect on your innermost thoughts and feelings.

Instead of focusing on the bad, use your journal to chronicle the things that have gone

well in your life lately.

3. Relax. Negative feelings are bound to arise when you're in a stressful state. It's

important to take time out of each day for yourself. This means that you need to

adopt a relaxation method that works for you. Perhaps you can take a bath, go

to church, attend a yoga class, or meditate. When you're relaxed, a peaceful and

positive mindset will likely overtake you.

4. Read and write affirmations. Grab a book with positive affirmations in it, or better

yet, write your own. Affirmations are a powerful way to bring positive thoughts into

your present state of well being. Affirmations are short statements in the present tense

that remind you of positive attributes and goals in your life. Here's an example: "I am

strong and competent."

5. Let go of the past. Negative feelings can easily overwhelm you if you're consumed by past failures or the fear of the future. When you concentrate on the present, your life becomes more peaceful and positive.

In the end, go easy on yourself. You don't need to be your own worst critic, instead, try

being your biggest advocate! Just concentrate on your well being and you will develop

a more positive attitude.

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