At some point during your learning process towards whatever, you are bound to come across a negative thinking situation that doesn’t respond to your present positive thinking skills. These situations, however, do not have to signal to the end of your positive thinking career. Instead, they can be learned from, explored, and eventually used as a positive business asset.
Negative thinking that cannot be eliminated should be viewed as a resource for further growth. They can help you prepare for upcoming events, face the reality of a situation, help and put you into action, and help you face the cause of your negative thinking.
Face the reality of the situation
In the business, have the skills to face the reality of a situation without allowing it to destroy your confidence or stop your progress is very important, while optimism is the key to success, but it is equally important not to ignore potentially damaging facts or avoid negative situations.
For example, if your sales were really declining, it would not be smart to ignore that reality. Instead, you would want to use your negative thinking patterns to contemplate this decline and find the reason for it. By facing the negative facts of a situation, you can address them in the beginning instead of ignoring them until it’s too late.
Prepare for any negative outcomes to upcoming events or situations
Some people may view this preparation as unnecessary worry, it can actually be an asset if you can use it correctly. By allowing your mind to run through all of the possible negative outcomes to a situation, you will become aware of the weak areas in the situation. Once you can recognize these areas, you can plan for them. Once you are thoroughly prepared, you can replace the negative thinking with positive thinking by concentrating on your newly perfected plan of action.
For example, if you are planning to introduce a new product to your internet business and you only concentrate on the positive aspects of that plan, you might setting yourself up for failure. The smarter approach to this situation would be to also contemplate the possible problems with the situation.
* Do you have the correct marketing in place?
* Have you thoroughly researched the advantages of this product?
* Does this product fall in line with your customer’s needs?
* Do you have a back-up plan in place in case this product does not sell well?
Without a proper planning, which includes the examination of any negative aspects, you could find yourself totally unprepared for the actual outcome.
Use negative thinking to avoid immobilization and to spring yourself into action
Sometimes fear of the unknown can cause you to experience anxiety. These feelings of anxiety can cause immobilization due to your fear of making a mistake. You can use these negative feelings, however, to contemplate the outcome you are afraid of, review it for any factual basis, and then use your fears to plan for the realistic aspects of the situation. Thorough planning will empower you to take action, and once you feel prepared, the anxious feelings will diminish.
For example, imagine that you fear the failure of your new product. Instead of letting that fear stop you from introducing the product, you can create a detailed plan to deal with possible failure. Once you have a plan in place, you can use your mental energy to concentrate more clearly on a positive outcome and take action more effectively.
In order to get the most benefit out of this step you need to understand how to use it. You need to be able to accept your negative thoughts but know how to use them in a productive, action-oriented way.
The following negative thinking based statements will help you understand this concept more completely.
• If my product fails on its own, I can couple it with a similar product to increase sales.
• If this product is a failure I can learn from the mistake and use my new knowledge to make better choices in the future.
• The failure of this product will not mean the end of my business. I have other products and I can improve those to recoup my losses.
• The failure of this product will not negatively influence my reputation. Others will understand that risks must be taken in order to succeed in business.
• If this product fails I will not use that as an excuse to quit. Instead, I will pick up the pieces and use that failure as motivation to do better next time.
Face negative thinking and allow yourself to learn from it
In some cases, negative thinking can lead to new ideas and opportunities. For example, your fear of introducing a new product could lead you to thinking about that product in a whole new way. Maybe, during your research you became so excited about the benefits of the product that you overlooked a possible drawback. If you can recognize that drawback with negative thinking then you can use positive thinking to improve it or eliminate it all together.
Other way to help you facing your negative thoughts is by allowing you to accept your shortcomings.
In order to use negative thinking as a business asset you need to be able to see negative thoughts for what they really are: opportunities to learn from and challenge yourself with.
By using the above steps each time a factual negative thought enters your consciousness, you can use those facts to empower yourself and strengthen your business.