One of the things that can get in the way of creativity is the practice of negative thinking. Some people just naturally tend to think more negatively than others. It doesn’t matter, though; you can turn off your negative inclinations and learn to be more positive.
Negative Thinking Is Limiting
Right now, think of some negative things for about 30 seconds. Now you’re likely finding it hard to even read this because you’re thinking about how the dishes aren’t put away, or you don’t have enough to pay that medical bill, and other things about your daily life. Plus, now that you’re thinking negatively, you’re likely not looking for solutions because eventually, the negativity turns into giving up.
Acknowledge Your Negative Thinking
The first thing to do is realize and accept that almost everyone thinks negatively sometimes. It’s okay to have a bad day. But it’s not okay to let any negative thing that happens to you inform your entire life. Even if a car drove by you, ran into a puddle and splashed muddy water on your best dress, letting that carry to other parts of your day is the danger.
Combat Negativity with Facts
When a negative thought comes to your mind, combat it with facts. “Yes, my dress is ruined, but at least I didn’t get run over and no one died. At least I have a good reason to wear this dress today.” There is always someone who has it worse so if you can cite those facts convincingly to yourself, you’re going to feel better – at least for yourself.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Before you go to bed each night, write down at least three things in your life that you are grateful for today. You can use it as just bullets or you can write down more information if you want to. If you’re not sure what to be grateful for today, be more general such as, “I’m glad that today I managed to get through the day without going to jail.”
Turn That Thought Around
When you have a negative thought, try turning it around the opposite. Instead of, “I’m so mad that nice dress is ruined”, think, “well now I have an excuse to get a new dress or at least my dry cleaner is good at getting out stains.” Or, “the fact that I had to go home and change kept me from that wreck on the corner.”
Surround Yourself with Positive People
The more people you can find that are generally positive and don’t focus on the negative, the more positive you’ll become. First, you’ll feel silly always trying to be negative to positive people who will point out the positives to you because that’s how they think. Secondly, their positivity rubs off onto you.
This might seem like a condescending thing to say but the truth is that when we smile with our mouths, eyes and face, it releases endorphins that make us feel better. Anytime you feel negative, think of something that makes you smile and smile as big as you can while thinking of that thing that makes you happy.
Take Care of Your Health
It’s hard to be positive if you’re not healthy. Even if you have health issues, taking the best care of yourself can make you feel better inside and out. Eat right, exercise, take your vitamins, and drink plenty of water and you’re going to have the energy to be more positive. This is going to almost automatically make you more creative.
The more you can experience positivity, the better. Read positive books. Watch positive movies. Be around positive people and practice turning all negative thoughts into positives. Even if your car breaks down and your tires go flat in one day, there is always something good to look at to help you turn your mindset to positivity. When you do, you’re going to be more creative and more people will want to be around you – which will also increase your creativity by opening more resources for you to use.