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How to Overcome Negative Emotions & Thoughts Through a Positive Attitude

There is no reason to allow negative thoughts and emotions to control your life.

Negative thoughts about yourself, your abilities, your potential, and your future often creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. For a naturally pessimistic person, learning to turn that negativity into positivity and motivation is critical for them to create the energy and environment for success.

On the other hand, if someone is naturally positive and experiences a challenge, or perhaps has a stressful emotional situation to deal with, it is equally as important to be able to recognize it for what it is, and then move forward to a positive mental outlook.


Focus on the Solution Not the Problemfocus-on-solutions

One of the biggest ways we get trapped in cycles of negative thoughts and emotions is by focusing on the problem, or on assuming there is only one solution and it isn’t working.

If you are able to focus on being creative, generating multiple solutions, and thinking positivity this will help improve your state of mind tremendously. By thinking about how to work through the problem you not only avoid negativity, but you can come up with the creative options needed to get back on track.


Acknowledge Your Skills, Talents, Gifts, and Blessingsself-talk

When you are in a negative state, it is difficult for you to see the good in anything, let alone in yourself. To start to become confident, positive, and empowered you must make an effort to get rid of all of that negative self-talk and self-doubt.

Start by making a list of all the things you are good at and that you consider your skills, talents, gifts, or blessings. They can be simple and basic, or they can complex. You can even write down things others have said that are positive and that made you feel good about some aspect of yourself.

Every day add at least one more thing to that list and spend time reviewing and thinking about those talents and skills. If you hear that negative voice start to enter your thoughts, go back and read the list and focus instead on using those positive attributes to help you resolve the challenge, change, or conflict you may be facing either internally or in any aspect of your life.


Doug Dvorak, CSP is an inspirational and motivational speaker who focuses on creating positive change in groups, workplaces, organizations, and agencies. To learn more about how Doug helps clients overcome negativity and change go to


Learn more about the Power of Positive Mental Attitude here.


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