The Battle: Negative Thinking
Versus Positive Thinking


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It is important to know the different effects of negative thinking versus positive thinking.

Why?

Because the type of thoughts that you choose to focus on will shape your reality, both current and future.

Some people prefer to focus on positive thoughts, even though they acknowledge their negative ones.

They learn to manage their thoughts, or they find a way for eliminating negative thoughts.

Are you a positive person? Read the following descriptions of negative thinking versus positive thinking and find out not only where you are, but also where it is possible for you to be.

Negative thinking defines pessimists

For a pessimist, there is always something to worry about, nothing is ever quite right, bad events seem to last forever, and they surely outweigh the positive ones. Life means fear and sadness most of the time.

However, there is a strategy to feel better called "defensive pessimism" that looks like negative thinking and that is useful for some people. Find out more in Julie Norem's book "The positive power of negative thinking".

Positive thinking defines optimists

An optimist person acknowledges negative circumstances, but chooses to be positive about them and looks for "the hidden gift", or even think of how to change the situation.

They don't dwell on worries. If they feel defeated, they also feel it's temporary. They usually also choose to accentuate the positive.

What it comes down to:

When we allow ourselves to think negatively we damage our potential in many ways. The worst thing is that we may be so wrapped in negativity that we cannot even see that there are ways out.

However, there is always a choice. The important point is your awareness of your own thoughts; then you can decide which type of thoughts you want to focus on.

You may be deprived of everything else in this world, yet you can still choose your attitude towards it all. Help yourself to do that with this powerful daily affirmation.

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What are the effects of negative thinking versus positive thinking?

Let me use the following story as an example:

    While I was at university I had the chance to observe two main types of attitude in the students whenever we had an exam.

    The type of attitude the student had seemed help shape the outcome. Literally it was a case of negative thinking versus positive thinking.

    The first type of attitude was a negative one. The student (some of my friends at times) would come around and say "I don't think I'm gonna pass", "I don't know it all", "I'm going to fail", "This test is going to be so difficult", and so on.

    The second type of attitude a was positive one. The student would say "I don't know it all, but I'm going to pass", "It's all right", "It's an easy one", "We'll do fine".

    What happened, in most of the cases, was that the person was right. Such low expectations from a negative point of view generated low results - failing.

    Those who had a more positive approach would tend to pass, even if they knew as little as those with a negative attitude.

    The thoughts and the attitudes in both cases helped shape the results. These were the consequences of negative thinking versus positive thinking.

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As you can see, the effects of negative thinking versus positive thinking are very different.

One can make you sink completely, while the other can make you rise you above the clouds.

Negative thinking

Negative thinking, for a start, makes you feel bad in the present.

One of the most common displays of negative thinking is fearing a scary event in the future - something that perhaps will never happen.

You could be spoiling your present for a future that is not even real. Grab here some useful tips for dealing with worries.

Another common display of negative thinking is thinking ourselves as a victim (doing victim thinking). At these times it is useful to differentiate between thoughts and reality.

In the end, where are you living, in your thoughts or in this reality? And are things actually so bad in this reality, right now?

Find out more about the effects of negative thinking and get some useful tips for eliminating negative thoughts.

Positive thinking

Positive thoughts can only shape your reality for better. Besides, they make you feel good in the now. Find out more about the effects of positive thinking.

Higher expectations with a convinced heart do lead to high results. Use these positive thinking statements to reinforce where you want to be. You could also make use of this list of positive words to help you shape a more positive reality.

The results of negative thinking versus positive thinking are very different. However, it is not always easy to get rid of negative thoughts - good news is, the only thing that you truly need is your will. For some handy "how to" advice, check these steps of positive thinking.

Other times you will find that it is not a matter of negative thinking versus positive thinking: the mind simply doesn't cut it (among other things, because any thoughts create stress). At those times, it can be very powerful to simply let go.

There is a powerful meditation program that helps to achieve a higher level of awareness, from which to live in a positive frame of mind: it's Holosync.

This program uses soundtracks with the soothing sound of rain falling and combines different types of sound waves, scientifically researched and designed to help your left and right hemispheres of your brain work wholistically. Find out more by following the link.

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."

W Clement Stone

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