Sometimes in life we can feel overwhelmed by the obstacles we may face in life. When you are in the pursuit of a goal you will be bound to face a hurdle at one point or another. When you do encounter a hurdle it is a crucial time because you either have the choice to jump the hurdle or give up. The only way to make this process easy is to change your mindset. Instead of focusing on factors that are outside of your control, focus on the things that you can control. It is imperative to do this if you want to achieve your goals.
Here are 4 ways to overcome negative thinking:
1. Stop Thinking About The Past and Future
If you are putting your focus on the the past or the future and having thoughts to yourself such as “if I did this then that would have happened,” then you are doing yourself a huge disservice.
It’s easy to get caught up in this thinking when we feel stuck or are frustrated that things do not seem to be panning out in our favor. However, this mode of thinking is simply daydreaming and is a pure waste of time.
Since you can’t control elements in the past or future, instead learn to focus on the the thing you can control. If you encounter something that is outside of your control, then put all of your time and effort into the things that you can control. When you effectively do this, you will find yourself making progress to your goals and overcoming barriers.
2. Be Present in The Moment
Too often it is easy to get caught up worrying about things that have not happened and getting caught up in overthinking.
Sometimes when we have big goals we can easily get sidetracked by focusing on the next big step instead of the first one. When you have a plan to accomplish a goal, it’s imperative to focus on each individual step at a time. If your focus on the second step only, you may jeopardize your first step because you were overlooking it.
Also, when you are not present in the moment you may miss out on a new opportunity that manifests itself into your life. So remember to always be Present in the moment and focus on one step at a time — take baby steps.
3. Learn To Recognize Opportunities
Sometimes if you are allowing negative thoughts to dwell in your mind you will be prone to overlooking new opportunities that are presenting themselves right before you.
Many times during the pursuit of your goal you will face challenges, and when you do it is easy to get sidetracked by how difficult the challenge is or feel sorry for yourself for even having encountering it in the first place. What many people chose to do is give up.
But the truth is, in most cases the obstacle placed before you is a blessing in disguise. It can be an opportunity for you to do something differently or an opportunity to become better or stronger. However, if your already in a negative mind state then you will most likely not be able to see things from this perspective.
Always keep your eyes open for new opportunities, you NEVER know when one will come or what form it will present itself in.
4. Be Relentless
When you decide to pursue something, remind yourself before hand that rejection is imminent and that you will hear the word “no” hundreds if not thousands of times before hearing a “yes.”
Create daily reminders for yourself that when you fall short you will analyze why and work smarter and harder so that it won’t happen again. Remember that failure and rejection only makes you stronger.
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And as always. Be Great.