How to Stop Negative Thoughts

Negative thinking leads to negative behavior and negative behavior leads to negative habits. If you have negative habits that you wish to change, the best way to do this is to consider what you are thinking. By simply changing the way you think, these negative habits can be broken. While this seems easier said than done, it is actually a simple process. To reverse negative behavior and negative habits you first have to reverse the thought process.

Acknowledge It

To stop negative thinking, you have to actually acknowledge that negative thinking is an issue. When you think a negative thought, simply acknowledge the thought was negative and replace it with a positive one. This seems simple but again it is very powerful. How can you change the way you think if you do not acknowledge that it is a negative thought? After acknowledging the thought was negative. say,  “I choose not to think that way.”  Tell your conscious something positive immediately after thinking the negative thought or quote a scripture that negates your negative thoughts. The Bible tells us to cast down every thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. You need to stop your mind from planting negative thoughts that can keep you from excelling in life.

Cancel It

The moment you hear a negative thought  in your mind, cancel the thought. If you think that you cannot do a task or you’re thinking a negative thought about your personality, simply say “CANCEL.” Cancel that thought. Cancel the assignment that thought has placed on your life. Do this consistently and ensure that you speak it out loud so you can hear yourself. Scream it, yell it or even sing it if you have to. The most important thing is to make certain you consistently do this every time a negative thought pops in your head. It may seem a bit comical, but it will work. Refuse to accept negative comments when you know they’re undeserved. For example, if you’re making progress on a project and you hear someone commenting about how you’ve just been wasting your time, simply tell yourself that it’s not what I think, it’s not what I believe. You know that you’ve made progress on the project, you’ve used your time well, and that you deserve praise.

Motivate with the Positive

If you find yourself thinking that you cannot do a particular event or project, tell yourself about all the positive things you can do. Talk to yourself as an example by saying things like, “I can’t wait to see how well a job I do” or “This is easy for me” or “I’m going to ace this or I’ve got this under control this is a breeze.”  A great scripture to memorize is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Take time to motivate someone else, you will find it elevates your mood and strengthens your optimism. Also, make sure your inner circle consists of people who are willing to offer you encouragement and support. Have you ever heard the saying, “birds of a feather flock together”? It is the same with both positive and negative people. If your current friends do nothing but tear others down, complain, and generally are  negative, it is going to be very difficult for you to get over being negative in that environment. You may, very well, need to make some new friends.


Just do it. Get to the job of making something happen by planning your steps and seeing the end result or completed tasks in your mind. Begin duties and your day with saying, “Today I will…” These tips are counteractive to negative thinking. Change your language. The words ‘should’, ‘could’ and ‘might’, are out. For example, change “I might go and fix the car” to “I will go and fix the car”. That way you’re talking action and making a promise you are more likely to stick to.


Make the decision that you are going to be the one to decide what your thoughts are and will be. You can control what you think. This means making a daily effort in consciously programming positive thoughts or affirmations into your mind. Surround yourself with positive people. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8, NIV)

Guided Christian Meditation and affirmations Cds can also help you take control of negative thinking by teaching you how to observe your thoughts and then letting them go before they get in your spirit and affect your emotions.

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