Do you know the ultimate infection that cripples your success? A negative mindset.
A negative mindset or negative self-talk limits what an individual can do. In any given situation, people who have a negative mindset will say things like:
If you are aiming for success in anything you do, then you have to find ways to shift negative self-talk into positive.
David Lynch once said:
Negativity is the enemy of creativity.
This quote is valid in all aspects of life.
Here's some solid proof:
According to an article published by the National Science Foundation in 2005, the average person has a maximum of 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative ones.
That's 48,0000 negative thoughts every day!
But what does this number mean for entrepreneurs and leaders like you? The answer is simple - you need a game plan to turn negative self-talk into positive self-talk.
Today's article will teach you how to achieve this.
I want to start by covering a few effects of negative self-talk.
1 in 5 or 43.8 million adults in the United States will experience mental illness every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Mix the pressure of doing business with these stats, and the results are UNIMAGINABLE!
In this section, I will talk about how a negative mindset can impact you...
Small business owners go through many lows in both their personal and business life. Although problems in both aspects are nothing but normal, there’s one culprit that triggers them to quit eventually - a negative mindset.
Pressure in business leads to negative self-talk, which then results in quitting. Quitting can lead to self-blame or regret, which can result in depression.
Depression, without proper help and support, can be a real problem.
Negativity is a contagious disease-like emotion that affects everything and everyone in an organization.
Based on a study by biophysicist Alison Hill of Harvard University,
A #NegativeMindset circulates like a contagious disease at home, in school, and most notably in the workplace.
So what exactly happens when a business owner projects negativity within the workplace or even outside?
That negativity can spread like cancer through your entire organization. Not good...
One valuable business resource that a negative mindset affects is time.
When there’s too much negativity happening in your head, you get stuck in limbo. You fail to do what you are supposed to do at the moment. You waste time.
How many hours have you wasted coming up with your 48,000 negative thoughts a day?
How much time can you save thinking the other way around?
These are rhetorical questions, but worth thinking about.
Do you hate to fear or worry about anything? I know I do!
Negative self-talk creates unnecessary anxiety, and too much of it can lead to social anxiety disorders and panic attacks.
Unnecessary anxiety in the workplace can limit your activities and can make it hard for you to enjoy work.
A negative mindset affects your health and well being.
The mind-body connection is a real thing! A negative mindset can lead to issues within your body.
Here are a few examples of health and wellness problems triggered by a negative mindset:
Zero confidence and low self-esteem are the domino effects of a negative mindset.
You tirelessly doubt yourself when you are a pessimist. Your skills, talents, abilities, and capabilities are all crippled when you think negatively.
As a result, you lose confidence in yourself, which can have a massive consequence for your business.
According to a study by Russell Johnson of Michigan State University,
Negative-minded workers are more likely to become mentally fatigued and defensive and experience a drop-off in production.
If you are a pessimist, you become unproductive; you fail to do what you need to do; you miss deadlines; you fail to meet your goals — all due to a negative mindset.
Shifting a negative mindset into positive requires determination, self-awareness, and action. It requires you to do the work.
Having a positive mindset can help you become a more effective leader.
Here are a few tips on how to focus on positivity instead of negativity...
A lot of small business owners are so distracted by what’s going on around them. They react to negative situations unconsciously and don’t have anything to aim for in their personal or business life.
Increasing self-awareness is about recognizing your negative thoughts or feelings at any given moment and what your true desires are for your chosen field.
Doing so is a very effective way of getting rid of a negative mindset because you can't fix something you aren't aware of.
Ask yourself these questions:
These questions can help make you more aware of your negativity so that you can work on being a more positive person and leader.
Affirmations are positive statements that help you challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts.
Here are a few examples of affirmations:
When you affirm daily and believe in them wholeheartedly, you will undoubtedly make positive changes in your life.
One tip to try is to write a daily affirmation statement.
Although doing business is not always a bed of roses, there are things that entrepreneurs can be grateful for every single day.
Here are a few examples of them:
Focusing on your strengths, like your talents and skills, is very important in switching from a negative mindset to positive.
Because people who focus on their strengths:
The main reasons why we complain are because of fear and being helpless, and complaining has become a habit for a lot of people.
It has to stop because it is harmful to ourselves and our business, and it is annoying to those around us, plus it’s merely an outlet for a negative mindset.
When you complain there are really two scenarios: one, you can do something about what you are complaining about, or two, you can't do anything to fix what you are complaining about.
Keeping this in mind, following this process when you find yourself complaining may be helpful:
Scenario 1: You can actually do something about the situation you are complaining about.
Scenario 2: You can't do anything about the situation you are complaining about.
One of my favorite sayings is...
Laughter is the best medicine.
I apply it in my business whenever needed. Just like negativity, smiling or laughing is a contagious gesture that can affect everyone around you.
Here are simple ways to help you smile or laugh whenever you need it:
Jim Rohn once said:
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
So if you spend time with people with the same negative mindset, then you probably have the same mindset.
At work, spend time with people who are productive, confident, happy, and generally positive so that you can catch the same energy.
To get rid of a negative mindset, one must learn how to take ownership in times of difficulties.
The go-to person in a business is the one who knows when to take responsibility when needed. If you are the type of entrepreneur who takes ownership, then people will look up to you.
Here are a few tips on how to take responsibility:
Everything that I mentioned above is useless if you don't act on them.
The difference between being positive and negative is taking action. It is one of the reasons why businesses succeed.
If you have had a negative mindset for a very long time now, then it's high time to get up and ACT!
And that's it, folks! I hope you find these tips helpful in shifting your negative mindset (if you have one).
I repeat; it takes determination and perseverance to become a positive thinker. By the way, no one things positively all the time! It's more about minimizing the impact of any negative self-talk you have.
Believe that you can be positive and then do the work, and you will become a positive thinker in no time.
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Tim Fitzpatrick is the President of Rialto Marketing. At Rialto Marketing, we help take the guesswork out of marketing so your small business can grow. Marketing your business shouldn't be a constant challenge. If you are ready to eliminate the uncertainty and confusion of marketing your business, we can help.