Thought Management – Banishing the Negativity
One of the first tasks with Thought Management is learning to stop negative thoughts entering your mind and taking hold. Once you can truly turn those away, you are on a path that will see you excel with your team, projects and teambuilding events, but it isn’t an easy task and to understand how to prevent them, you need to understand what makes negative thoughts in the first place.
Negative thoughts can manifest if you are suffering from depression or low self-esteem. You might have particular stress and anxiety issues that can stem from either work or home issues and these can be a major barrier to Thought Management.
Negative thoughts and behaviour are part of a cycle that starts with thoughts, which then go on to adversely affect your behaviour, which impacts on your feelings and in turn lowers your mood and thoughts. You have to break the cycle in order to start feeling positive and really make the most of Thought Management, and in order to that, you need to understand what is causing them in the first place. Negative thoughts can come from a number of areas, such as:
• Extreme thinking. Taking everything as an extreme – thinking to yourself that if something wasn’t fantastic it was, by definition, rubbish – can be very destructive. Learning to accept that not everything has to be the best to be acceptable is a very powerful lesson that will show you that it is possible not to have perfection but still be positive in your thinking.
• Negative filtering. Imagine that you are presented with a mass of data and that you instinctively filter out and concentrate on the negative issues. That is what negative filtering means and it is easy, with a little practice to switch it around and pick the positive aspects out of the mass of data. Everything, regardless of how bad it is, has a positive side, and the trick is to identify those.
• Believing emotional reasons are true. Emotional reasoning conditions the way that we perceive ourselves and our actions. If we feel guilty, we associate it with having done something bad, regardless of whether it’s true or not. Think with pragmatism, not with your gut!
• Imagining the negative scenarios. We fear what we don’t know, and so it is much easier for us to imagine what will happen if things go wrong, rather than if they are turn out positively and works in our favour. People are generally, by nature, negative and prefer to err towards envisioning what can and might go wrong, just to avoid disappointment when the negative happens. But conditioned reactions like that can be trained out and you can make yourself imagine the positive aspects instead, and from there and always look toward how new situations and changes can benefit you.
Negative thought is destructive and counterproductive. Being actively involved in team and group based employee engagement activities organized by the company, including staff training and development, being solutions focussed and thinking of how to keep your team motivated will help you shift focus from the negativity that surrounds you to being grateful for all the good that has come your way in life.
Banishing all negative thought should be a major goal and by using the methodology of considering the reasons for negative thought and working against them, you can start to approach your life with a positive aspect.