Sometimes it's not what you add to your life that makes the biggest impact, sometimes it's what you get rid of.
Crazy how everytime you dread a situation and think something is going to go wrong, it actually goes wrong.
Whether you have a feeling the upcoming test is going to go poorly and that is all you think about or that you are never going to start that business because success is for "other people," so you never end up starting.
It will be no surprise then when I tell you that the negative energy and views we consume, have a much larger impact on our mindset than the positive ones that we consume.
Or when I tell you that our brains naturally gravitate towards the negative sides of life because first off, that is what a lot of us are surrounded by and second, it is just easier to think negatively and play the victim role.
A lot of this stems from our ancestors and how they were focused on avoiding threats in order to stay alive on a day to day basis.
I could rant here on how to start just thinking more positively in order to try and counteract this negative thinking but that simply won't work.
Why? Because we aren't even sure that positive thinking works, only if it is followed by actions do we really start to see the results.
And I know first hand that even if you start positive affirmations it won't help if your negative mindset is strong enough.
We have to tackle eliminating the negative first.
If we simply try to eliminate the negative thoughts from our life, by acknowledging them when they arise and changing them, we can have a much bigger impact on our lives than unsuccessfully trying to add positive thinking.
Every day you wake up and go through the same motions, go to the same job, eat at the same restaurant and see the same people.
You go on vacation once per year and count down the days until this trip every year.
You constantly complain about your situation, how others are just given so much more than you, how others are going more places than you and how others seem to have a "better" life than you.
You see everything from a negative light and never seem to see any results in the work you are doing or even at the gym and you start blaming everything, or everyone, but yourself.
The thought of your mindset affecting where you are in life, never really crosses your mind until it's the last thing you look at as nothing else seems to be working.
And recently nothing else has seemed to change any aspect of your life.
You have been stuck in the same routine, getting the same results and seeing the world from the same negative lens.
And that is why you are reading this article... Welcome to your solution.
"We aren't sure if positive thinking works for sure, but we do know for a fact that negative thinking works" -Trevor Moawad
Negative Thinking and Your Goals
It doesn't help your goals in the slightest.
Wanna know what negative thinking does to your goals?
I'm sure you have experienced it many times when you were trying to reach a goal and how did that work out for you?
Likely not good, the negative thinking won out over action.
This is where negative thinking disables us, it gets us believing what we are thinking is true, rather than just seeing the thought as an objective thing that just came across our mind.
When we start believing these thoughts, we stop taking action because "what is the point of "wasting time" if I never will reach the goal?"
Without action, we have no progress towards anything in life and that is what negative thinking takes away from you.
And you know what? That work, progress and the process is everything when it comes to goals because there really is no end game.
When you get close or reach your first goal, you make a new one, so you are never really satisfied. This is why so man y people who seek happiness from end results find out that it is an empty pursuit.
Don't let negative thinking take the process away from you, time to take back one of the biggest aspects of your life.
It's Not Always What You Add to Your Life
Sometimes it is what you subtract from your life, not just what you add or change.
It is kind of wild actually, all we see online, and I am guilty of this as well, are articles telling us what we should add to our lives.
From little hacks to boost your confidence to daily habits/ routines or even study habits.
What these articles fail to take into consideration though is that some people can't effectively add habits or things to their life without taking a look at, and getting rid of, some negative things in their lives already, such as a mindset.
That is likely why you keep struggling to build habits, and keep reading more habit building articles hoping that you will find "the right one."
Your mind is the foundation of everything in your life, you need a strong base to build off of if you want to build effectively.
Getting Rid of Negative Thinking and Your Mindset
You can't build a strong mindset on a weak foundation.
So, how does getting rid of a negative mindset help you strengthen that foundation so that you can effectively build up other areas of your life?
Well, if you haven't gotten the memo yet, negative thinking plays probably the largest role in the amount of action you are taking towards your goals. If you start to eliminate that you can start to notice more willingness to take action without you mind constantly trying to avoid it.
Oh and weird, when you start taking more action you are naturally going to get closer to your goals, who would have thought?!
What else can eliminating this negative mindset do for us?
Well, for me at least it has been extremely helpful in increasing my confidence level. It is not like I really set out to have this happen, it was just a nice bi-product of working on getting rid of negativity.
This increased confidence has broughten me into many new situations that I would have avoided at all costs before. These situations have allowed me to meet so many new people and bring new opportunities into my life.
You never known when you are going to meet someone that can have a large impact in your life, and if you are avoiding new situations, I would highly recommend you work on this... starting with removing negativity!
Then maybe trying this out next >>
Your "Mental Workout" For Today
How about some actionable tips on actually getting started removing negativity? Enough talk and time for some work.
Since the gym has played a large aspect in my life, even after sports ended in high school for me, I like to give these actionable advice in terms of "workouts" because your brain is a muscle too, you need to get "shredded" up top.
Exercise #1: Stay Off of Your Phone the First and Last Hour of the Day
Reps: 2x per day
Duration: 1 hour when you wake up, 1 hour when you are getting ready to sleep.
Notes: Start and end the day in control, not reacting to anything or consuming negative information right away.
Exercise #2: Stay off of Social Media for A Day
Duration: All day
Notes: If you can do this, see how much it can do for your mindset
Exercise #3: No News This Week
Duration: All Week
Notes: News his one of the most negative sources that you get consumed by everyday, eliminate it temporarily at least. I'm sure nothing that important is going to happen that day.
Exercise #4: Stop Complaining
Duration: Try all week
Notes: This is much harder than it sounds, but that means it will also have a larger impact on that voice inside of your head.
Exercise #5: Catch Yourself When You Say Something Negative or Are About To Say Something Negative
Duration: All Week
Notes: Much like complaining, this will have a much bigger impact than you realize. What you speak into existence helps shape how others see you as well as how you see yourself, control what you are saying more and put some thought into your words.
Yeah, don't let yourself have read this far and not take advantage of this great free resource from the top mental conditioning coach in professional sports, Trevor Moawad.
I almost forgot! If you are new to the blog, thanks for stopping by! With MMNTM (mo-men-tum) my goal is to help you level up your mind and mindset with effective "workouts." Much like you would train your body, this is the gym for your mindset, everything from your happiness and mental clarity to mental discipline and productivity. These are the things that have helped me the most and I love sharing them with you daily on yourmmntm.com/blog so be sure to stop out daily!
Now be sure to actually put what you learned to use, don't just read about it and make yourself feel like you are taking action, actually take action!
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