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  • Maybe Mindset: Nix Negative Thinking

    Negative thinking can keep up stuck. The negative loop of thoughts makes us feel blah. I don’t know about you, but when I feel blah, I don’t start new projects, I don’t keep momentum, I avoid trying unfamiliar programs, and I give up too soon.

    Examine your daily thoughts. Do you notice negative absolutes such as, “I will never be able to do five push-ups,” or “I will definitely let go of all my willpower”?

    Key negative words that assume failure tend to be the words: “always,” “never,” “completely,” and “definitely.”

    Sometimes negative thinking is harsh, too. It’s downright mean.  “You’re not worthy of applying for that role; don’t even try.” “Why bother pursuing that goal? You’re not qualified–not even close.”

    A Maybe Mindset is not a Pollyanna Mindset. It acknowledges that the task may be tough and require us to dig deep, but it pushes us to try it anyway. Maybe Mindset says, “It’s possible I’ll fail, but I don’t know for sure. Maybe I’ll be successful–maybe I’ll do better than I had hoped.”