Over the years, negative thinking patterns has been one of my biggest struggles. I also have found that it is extremely common with people who suffer from anxiety. In fact, these patterns tend to feed the anxiety and make it stronger.
However, you can also change your mindset to a more positive and empowering belief system. Through learning to focus your mind on positive thoughts, you can change your life. Now, that doesn’t mean always thinking “happy thoughts”.
Instead, you need to learn how to think realistically, and break free of the negative thinking patterns that cause self imposed limitations.
In order to break your anxiety, you have to confront your negative thought patterns, and take control of your mindset. This will help you to stop making excuses and fully become aware of the cause of your anxiety.
However, that’s often easier said than done.
We all have negative thoughts from time to time. However, when these thoughts dominate your life, you will engrain yourself into limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs put limits on your potential for growth, and this will limit the actions you take. The actions you take give you results, which just reinforce the thought patterns, beginning the entire cycle over again.
Take a look at this chart to see how the cycle of negative thinking patterns will continue to spiral out of control.
As you can see, once you get caught in this cycle it just continues to reinforce itself, and so you will always prove your thoughts to be true, because the actions you take will be based on those thoughts.
The only way to create a change in this cycle is to change how you think, and instill new beliefs that are more positive.
How to Break the Cycle of Negative Thinking Patterns
There are several ways that I have learned to help break the cycle of negative thinking that will hamper your growth. Although some methods will work better than others, a lot of it depends on your core background. Today, I thought I would share a few ways to break this negative cycle and begin healing your emotional conditioning.
Attitude of Gratitude
I have written several times about developing gratitude on my personal blog. I personally believe that it is essential to breaking this negative pattern. I try to keep a gratitude journal every day. When I get away from the habit, I tend to fall right back into a negative pattern. However, it doesn’t take long to get right back to where I should be once I pick it up again.
In his book, Excuses Begone, Dr. Wayne Dyer shows a 7 step paradigm for changing negative thinking habits. I have used this paradigm over the last few months to change my own negative beliefs and create a more empowered future for myself.
In his book, Dr Dyer defines an excuse as any negative thought or belief that may or may not be true but takes you in a different direction than you want your life to go.
Most people are in denial about their own excuses, which locks them into this cycle of despair, and negative actions. In order to break free, you have to change how you think, and what you believe to be true about yourself and your circumstances in life.
Break Free of Perfection
I have never been perfect in my life, but I spent most of my life striving for it. I recently came to realize that perfection is just a myth anyway. When you break free of the need to be perfect, you can then begin building beliefs that empower you rather than destroying your self esteem.
This helps eliminate anxiety, and takes a lot of the pressure that you feel off of your shoulders. It’s not always easy to do this, though. In fact, I have struggled with it for a long time. I found that perfection was all about setting unrealistic expectations for myself. Instead, I have allowed myself to do what I need to do, and to get out of my shell to help more people.
Keep Worry At Bay
Many people think that if you really care about someone or something, then you have to worry about it. In actuallity, worry comes from a disconnection from love. Love is a perfect expression of appreciation and acceptance. It comes from being connected to your higher source, and accepting that all things happen with a higher purpose and meaning, even if you don’t understand what that purpose is. If you are worrying, that means you are trying to control the situation, normally when things are outside of your ability to control.
Faith is one of the keys to overcoming worry. I am not here to preach, or tell you what you should or shouldn’t go of the need to control the situation. It doesn’t always work out the way I think it should, or want, but it gives me a sense of peace to be able to accept that it worked out the way it was meant to, without my interference.
Start Eliminating Negative Thinking Habits Today!
Take these tips and start eliminating your negative thought patterns and begin changing the results you are seeing in your own life. When you focus on making these changes, you can begin to grow, and take more control of your life.
How are you eliminating negative thinking patterns from your life? what have been the biggest struggles to changing these patterns? share your thought in the comments!