Friday, August 24, 2012

10 Ways to Avoid Negativity

10 Ways to Avoid Negativity

Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.
~Shirley MacLaine

You are bombarded by negativity everywhere, On the Net, in the news and people around you. How do you get yourself immune to such negative effects? Here are several ways to keep your sanity:

1.      Change your thoughts: The easiest way is to change your thinking when you are caught with negative thoughts. Another effective way is to choose to look at things with a bright perspective. Being gloomy will dampen your fighting spirit. Instead of half full you look at a glass as half empty.

2.      Avoid negative people and influences:  One simple way is to get   away from people who discourage you and tell you why things cannot be worked out. Stop reading things with a pessimistic view. Hang around with people who are determined to get impossible things done and be inspired. 

3.      Keeping fit: You will be energetic when you are fit and healthy. You will feel fresh and calm every day to face challenges head-on. A weak body is more likely to succumb to defeat.

4.      Be here and now: Thinking too much of the wrong things will rob you of your ability to live in the moment. Now is the time to take action and focus on what you do and do the best you can.   

5.      Look for solutions: An outstanding problem will always nag you. Do not dwell on it, be creative and look for a way to overcome the problem. A problem solving attitude will transform your outlook from negative to positive. Solving a problem will also boost your confidence to deal with obstacles in the future. 

6.      Be motivated daily: Read motivational quotes in the morning instead of all the bad news in the papers to feel good and dispel negative thoughts. Act cheerfully, smile and dress smartly to start every new day with a bright note.

7.      Be goal-driven: A goal is an effective way to look forward in life positively. There is something to do and hope for. Life has its meaning and you will not go through every single day with emptiness. Have you got your goals in writing so that you can look at it every day?  Create a positive vision.

8.      An attitude of gratitude: Don’t grumble that you have been treated unfairly in life. Take a positive approach. You will get a feeling of well-being when you are appreciative of your life and the people around. Focus on the good to feel good.

9.      Avoid previous mistakes to haunt you: Don’t allow your shortcomings in the past to weaken your resolve to get things done. Learn valuable lessons from what you have done wrong in the past and move on in a different way. Now is the time to act and do it right.

10.  Don’t get stuck in a rut: Be bold, do something different and change your life.  You can’t expect changes if you are doing the same old thing every day and keep complaining about it.     

Face the sun and the shadow will fall behind you.

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