Negative Thinking… What Are The Consequences?
Written by: Jill Smart
In today’s society, we hear so much about positive and negative thinking. Usually, we hear that positive thinkers are on the optimistic side and then, of course, that negative thinkers are more pessimistic. These terms are tossed about so much these days, but how do they relate to each one of us?
We have all heard about the power of positive thinking, as so much has been written on the subject. But what about negative thinking? What effects does negative thinking have on you and your health?
Let’s explore first of all what might be the culprit behind negative thoughts.
Negative thinking is thought processes where people tend to focus on the worst in everything, reducing their expectations by considering the worst possible scenarios. Negativity in its own right is neither good nor bad, but what it (along with positive thoughts) really provides us is the ability to live in a contextual field.
Does anyone really want to think negatively?
This is an important question. There is real power behind your thoughts as they contain energy that can affect the world around you. Each thought you form creates a ball of energy that has power equivalent to the strength of the belief that you hold behind it. This thought energy uses quantum mechanics to create the reality you experience.
Whether it is positive thinking or negative thinking that is irrelevant, as far as the Universe is concerned, positive and negative are just different sides of the same thing.
Negative thoughts actually create negative thinking patterns that are reinforced with more energy every time that you think them. So, if you’re a person that constantly thinks negatively about everything or you’re someone that believes negative things about yourself, this energy will be directed into your life.
So, what do some of these negative thinking patterns look like?
- Thinking judgmentally is negative thinking, because you are focusing on what you don’t like about something.
- Self-criticism is negative thinking, because you are focusing on what you do not like about yourself. Most tend to reinforce this as well.
- Perfectionism is a form of self-criticism.
- Worry creates negativity, because you imagine the worst case scenario.
- Negative questions lead to negative answers, which leads to negative thinking.
- Complaining about what is going wrong in your life is focusing on the negative.
- Feeling sorry for someone creates negativity, because you are passing judgement on someone else’s situation.
- Even referring to yourself as a realist is negative, as you are focusing on negative thinking to rationalize your negative behavior.
How does this really affect the body?
Negative thinking can manifest negative feelings like sadness, frustration, jealousy and anger. People become ill as a result of perpetual negative thinking. You will not usually find sick people with healthy thoughts; you will find sick people with thoughts that create – and often increase – illness.
Anxiety, chronic stress and depression are often tied to negative thoughts. Negative thinking has a detrimental affect on the body, mind and quality of life. Negative thinking tends to complicate things, requiring more effort from you to achieve goals.
If negative thinking is so unhealthy, then why do the masses choose to practice this detrimental habit?
Negative thoughts become a survival strategy, forcing you to see the wrong, protecting yourself against danger. This instead creates a reality that forces the mind to create negative results.
We are a product of our environment and, unfortunately, if you were raised in a negative environment, chances are you will foster negativity in your own life. If you believe that you are unworthy and undeserving, your thoughts will create that environment for you.
The Universe does not mind what you experience – it is there solely to manifest for you. Your challenge is learning how not to judge your experiences, but to make a conscious choice as to what you want to experience. Your life is yours and YOU have the power to change how you think and feel about things. It’s hard, yes and can often seem impossible, but learning to let go and look towards the brighter side of things is something you can learn and use no matter where or who you are.
Jill Smart RN, BSN is a Certified Fitlife.tv Transformation Coach, with over 21 years of nursing experience. She is also a former Jazzercise Instructor.
Jill joined Fitlife.tv in October 2013 after a significant weight gain from a knee injury. She began Fitlife Small Group Coaching program in February 2014 and to date has lost over 80 pounds! Her passion for helping people allows her to assist clients who are ready to transform their nutritional and mindset habits.
Jill believes it is her mission to contribute to a greater cause and you will find her leading by example. If you are looking for someone that wants to help by making the most impact possible, you can connect with her.
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