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None of us are immune to the
negative thoughts that creep up in the backs of our minds.  However, that
doesn’t mean we have to succumb to them. Whether your negative thinking
is a common occurrence, or just a once in a while phenomena, it’s critical for
your long-term happiness and success that you are able to recognize when you’re
thinking negatively, and consciously shift your mindset from negative to

Here are the most common negative
thoughts we see people struggle with, and some tips to get back on track:

  1. “I need to be exactly who they want me to be.” – Life offers you a priceless opportunity in every
    single moment to see and experience Who You Really Are.  Seize
    it!  Sometimes we get completely lost in trying to live life for
    others, trying to meet their expectations, doing things just to impress
    them.  Take a moment now and stop yourself.  Are you doing
    things because you truly believe in them?  Remember your own needs
    and goals.  Remember who YOU are.  Live, do and love so that you
    are happy too, because when it comes down to it, you can’t be true to
    others unless you are true to yourself first.

  2. “I don’t like them because they are different.” – Make a promise to yourself.  Promise to stop
    the drama before it begins, to breathe deeply and peacefully, and to love
    others and yourself without conditions.  Promise to laugh at your own
    mistakes, and to realize that no one is perfect; we are all human. 
    Feelings of self-worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual
    differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is
    open, and rules are flexible

  3. “They have it so much easier than me.” – No one
    has it easier than you.  Every one of us is fighting our own private
    battles.  The strongest among us aren’t those who show strength we
    can see, but those who have won incredible inner battles we know nothing
    about.  Assuming someone has it easier than you only builds a barrier
    between the two of you.

  4.  “I don’t have enough (or I am not enough) to
    make a difference.”
    – Many of your greatest accomplishments in life
    will come when you are able to bless someone else while you are going through your own storm. 
    So regardless of what’s going on in your life, be gentle and kind. 
    Think before you speak and act.  Always remember that the words and
    actions you choose can only be forgiven, not forgotten.  You were
    made to make a difference, so embrace every opportunity to do so.  No
    act of your kindness, no matter how tiny, will ever be wasted.

  5. “It’s all their fault.” – If you sit around for too long blaming others for
    the things they did or didn’t do, or know or didn’t know, you’ll remain
    sitting in one spot until you pass.  Placing blame is easy, because
    it means you don’t have to do anything; you just have to sit around for
    your entire life.  But that’s not living; that’s dying.  To
    accept where you are without blame by seizing the present for what it is – for the
    opportunities it’s giving you every instant – that’s what injects life
    into your story, into your relationships, and ultimately moves you

  6. “I will never forgive them.” – We often keep our hearts closed, not because we don’t
    trust others not to leave us, let us down, or stop loving us, but because
    we don’t trust ourselves to survive the pain of them leaving, letting us
    down, or not loving us anymore.  How ironic, considering that only by
    suffering through these very losses, do we come to realize our true
    strength.  Truth be told, it takes a strong heart to love, but it
    takes an even stronger heart to continue to love after it’s been
    hurt.  If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart,
    forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the
    importance of being cautious when you open your heart.  You are
    stronger now and better equipped to find the kind of love you
    deserve.  Bottom line: Don’t let the wrong people from your past keep
    you from the right people in your present.  Forgive and move forward.

  7. “I’m way too busy for family and friends right now.” – The people you take for granted today may be the
    only ones you need tomorrow.  Never be too busy to make time for
    those who matter most, because sooner or later you just want to be around
    those special people who make you smile.  So today, make time for
    those who help you love yourself more.  Schedule them into your busy
    day.  They are worth it.

  8. “It’s OK to stretch the truth sometimes.” – No, it really isn’t.  In fact, it’s
    disheartening to think how many people are shocked by honesty, and how few
    by deceit.  Don’t be one of them.  Uphold the truth,
    always.  Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often,
    and you should be the one shocking them with honest words and deeds every
    day.  The bottom line here is that an honest, loving heart is the
    beginning of everything that is right with this world.  It’s what
    brings us together and keeps us together through thick and thin.

  9. “My mistakes today prove that I am a failure.” – This mindset will drive you and everyone around you
    crazy.  Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done the
    best you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;
    forgive and forget them as soon as you can. Remember, your failure does
    not define you, your determination does.  Failure is simply the
    opportunity to begin again, smarter than before.  Tomorrow is a new
    day.  You shall begin it peacefully and with too high a spirit to be
    encumbered with old nonsense.

If you can relate to any of these
negative thoughts, remember, you are not alone.  We all have negativity
buried deep within us that has the potential to sneak up on us sometimes. 
The key, of course, is awareness – recognizing these negative thoughts when
they arise and stopping them in their tracks.
So, what negative thoughts sometimes
sneak up on you?  How has your negativity pushed people away from
you?  How have you coped? 

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