Pessimism – not believing anything is possible – is the kind of negativity that always finds a way to crawl into your life.

And just like cropped-up feelings, negativity can build up until it becomes overwhelming or sticks out its ugly head just a bit often, becoming an obstacle you have to overcome.

Having a negative attitude or simply being negative all the time will hold you back from living your life with joy. But, there’s no reason to feel constricted because you can take some steps to bring positive thoughts back into your life!

The monster called Negativity

Like in a bad dream when you just can get to run away, negativity can restrain you in quite a few ways. You must have heard (or read) the saying: “If you think you can’t, you’re right”? That’s how negative thoughts sabotage you.

However, there is good news ‒ it is quite easy to regain control over your thinking. When all you can ever come up with are excuses, complaints, denial and other forms of negativity, it doesn’t only affect you, but also people around you.

Adopt A Positive Attitude

When you start displaying a positive attitude, the wonderful world of possibilities opens up for you. With positive energy all around, you will be able to alter your negative state of mind and possibly even bring a bit more enthusiasm to others.

It might not sound possible – not even remotely – by positive thinking is extremely powerful. It might be just the motivating force you need to steer your life all they way to fulfilling your dreams. How you think affects how you feel, and how you feel affects how you do things.

It’s simple maths – the sooner you change your (negative) thoughts, you sooner can start changing the outcome.

5 Easy Ways to Develop A Positive Attitude

Is it possible to change your attitude? It’s easier than you think.

Here are five easy steps to help you develop a positive attitude:

  1. Picture this ‒ when negative thoughts make their way into your mind, transform them with positive images. Don’t always expect the worst – imagine the best possibilities imaginable. Visualize things you find pleasing, peaceful, or exciting. Recall your ultimate dream and goals and imagine what it would feel like when you achieve them.
  1. Pen it. Always ‒ ALWAYS – write it down (on paper, or using software). Keeping a journal is something that has many positive effects. It gives you a channel to escape your frustrations, get your daily life organized and reflect on your innermost thoughts, feelings and secrets. Stop focusing on the bad ‒ use your journal to keep track of the things that have gone well in your life.
  1. Negative feelings pop up more when you’re stressed out. Take time out of your day to be alone with your thoughts. Adopt a relaxation method that gets your positive juices flowing. Go for a walk, take a shower, relax in a bath, go to church, attend a yoga or Pilates class, or simply find a quiet spot and meditate.
  1. Use affirmations. Read books or blogs or magazines containing positive affirmations, or – even better – write your own. Positive affirmations are very powerful to help you start having positive thoughts. Affirmations ‒ short statements or one-liners in the present tense – can help remind you of positive attributes and goals in your life. This can be a good example: “I am strong and competent.”
  1. Live full-out. Live your life for the moment and let go of anything negative going on in your life. Reminding yourself constantly of everything negative in your life can easily overwhelm you if you are consumed by past failures or problems, or fear of the unknown in your future. Concentrating on the present will help you make your life more peaceful and ultimately positive.

Remember to go easy on yourself. Don’t be your own worst enemy. Rather try being your biggest advocate! Just concentrate on your well-being and you will develop a more positive attitude.

Dr. Hannes Dreyer
Dr. Hannes Dreyer

Hannes is one of the world’s leading authorities in Wealth Creation. As a speaker and author on the subject he is at the forefront of this personal development industry. He is the founder of the Wealth Creators University and the Wealth Creators Method. The University is a private education organisation based on the culmination of 30 years of experience, research and study into finances, economics, psychology and philosophy.

    8 replies to "[WI] Are You being Restrained By Negativity?"

    • Milton Petersen

      I believe in a positive attitude and positive energy.

    • Sandra

      Thank you Hannes for the inspiring reminder of how important it is for oneself and the world, to remain a positive light when being bombarded by so much dark negativity.

    • Riaan E.

      Great & Very Positive plan for daily application. Always have a positive PLAN. Thanx Dr. Hannes

    • Johan Bloemhof

      Hannes, your suggestions on the topic of negativity appreciated and valueable. However to really be positive not so easy. We are surrounded by mass media who is attacking is with negative news to sell more papers and achieve other objectives. Why can ignore it and try and find positivity in micro realeams around us? But is that practical? Perhaps to have a zen day with some meditation, or become more religous ? Quite tricky. There is so much change and threats to your life, one can ignore it, but what if you get stepped on, chucked out, etc, etc. So are we in survival mode? Will naive positivity make us win? Staying positive takes huge wisdom ?

      • Hannes Dreyer

        I agree with you Johan and unless you change your inner game life will indeed be a life threatening experience.
        Your success in life (and the way you experience success) is determined by only one thing – that is your ability to choose – Or the FREEDOM to choose.
        So to make it easy your success therefor depends on only two things – how you play your inner- and your outer game of life.
        Your inner game, that makes up 90% of your success and the way you experience life, is made up of 40% mindsets and the 50% by your environment.
        The outer game is made up of 10% skill-sets that will be determined by the blueprints that you follow.
        You have the ability (that is your God given freedom) to choose how you want to play the inner and outer game.
        But unless you take the responsibility to decide what you will choose (how you will play the games) someone else will do it for you and it then you will experience life as negative and life threatening.

    • Elroy Fortuin

      Thanx Dr. for the good positive advice.

    • Marius

      Thank you Dr. HD. I can confirm positive affirmations do work! Writing them down and repeating them persistently are powerful. I’ve seen big Results in my life!

    • Heather

      What a wonderful and inspiring article! I woke up feeling stressed and negative, and then read the line ‘Recall your ultimate dream and goals and imagine what it would feel like when you achieve them.’ I closed my eyes and imagined my perfect day, and how that would feel. I started to feel calm and more focused. Its one step at a time to achieving my goals. Thank you!

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