I still find it’s easy to fall prey to negative thinking. Having negative thoughts play out like a movie can only bring you pain, something that I’ve experienced many times throughout my life.
Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become. I like the imagery of a small snowball rolling down the mountain, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster. That’s what one small negative thought can turn into: a huge, speeding ball of ugliness. On the contrary, a small positive thought can have the same effect blossoming into a beautiful outcome. Like taking the challenge and turning into a opportunity because you found a solution. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your healthy challenges are building both courage and strength:
5 Ways to To Overcome Challenges in Your Business, Your Mind, & Your Body
1. Become Patient: Get yourself distracted from the challenge. The way I deal with challenges is I ask myself this question: what is it about this challenge I am stuck on? It can be like a tug of war in my mind. Am I frustrated? Is the situation tough or have I just hit a wall? The first thing I do is have patience with myself. I may not have a solution today, or for that matter next week, and I allow myself to be okay with that. I meditate and try to make one degree shift for the day. That usually starts a chain reaction that helps move me into a forward direction where I can operate from a much more resourceful state.
2. Smile: It really does help change your mood and relieve stress. I also fell lighter because it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.
3. Don’t play the victim: You create your life so take responsibility for your choices and action (or lack of action). I am conscious of my thinking and acting. I concentrate on being grateful and allow the challenge to become a possibility I can grow from.
4. Help someone: Take the focus away from you and do something nice for another person. One recent example is I decided to make a tray of food and take it to the Salvation Army. It took my mind off of things and I felt better for helping someone else. Do something to help someone everyday. Be a global citizen! Don’t know what that means…check out this video from CEO of Stoneyfield Farms:
5. Surround yourself with positive people: Call a mentor, a coach, a friend, or someone who can give you constructive, yet loving feedback. When you are stuck in a negative spiral, talk to people who can put things into perspective and won’t feed your negative thinking. Go to the conversation with no judgment on yourself. No one is perfect.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ~Jim Rohn