Being pessimistic will only make you feel negative and scared all the time, and it will also stop you from trying out new things in life. Being optimistic on the other hand will always help you move forward in life, and truly enjoy it.
Remember being carefree and optimistic during your childhood? Now, you are older and wiser and maybe even cynical. As we get older, life gets tough because we get more responsibilities or life throws experiences at us that shape us into pessimists.
Don’t worry, even if you are at the glass-half-empty end of the spectrum, there is still hope for you. It is never too late to change your thoughts. After all, your thoughts shape your reality.
But how can you stop being pessimistic? How to be more of a “glass-half-full” person?
If you want a positive reality, then your thoughts need to reflect the same.
Not everyone is a pessimist, sometimes we just have bad days.
Here are a few telltale signs that will let you know if you are being pessimistic or not.
- You always think, “what if it doesn’t work out rather than what if it does?”
- You don’t get shocked when things go wrong.
- You easily give up.
- You expect to get bad news.
- Sometimes, you may be selfish.
- You find it difficult to forgive.
- You get annoyed by optimists.
- You engage in negative self-talk.
If all or some of these signs resonate strongly with you, then it may be that you are a pessimist. Don’t worry, you can still change this.
Below are ten ways you can stop being pessimistic. Do remember that these are not one time solutions. These are small habits you need to inculcate in your everyday life.
Once you start incorporating them, they will become inherent, and being more positive will become like breathing.
Here Are 10 Ways To Stop Being Pessimistic
1. Replace every negative thought with a positive one.
The next time you catch yourself thinking negatively or even just thinking some mind-boggling thoughts, stop there and replace that with a positive thought. It can be anything. Think of anything that makes you happy and adds value to your life.
This is essential because we have the power to rewire our brains even if many of us don’t realize it. When you constantly replace pessimism with optimism, you will rewire your brain to think more positively.
The result of this? Thinking positively will be second nature to you!
2. Make a gratitude list.
When you focus on things you have rather than what you lack, you create abundance in your life. Sometimes, we take the little things in life for granted and this is where pessimism comes from.
We don’t appreciate everything enough and this creates a negative attitude. Being optimistic is all about changing the lens through which you view the world.
Focus on what you have by making a gratitude list. Every day, write about five things you are thankful for in life. This will help you to keep things positive as you will focus on what you do have, and it’ll help stop you from being pessimistic.
3. Stop seeing setbacks as failures.
We tend to amplify setbacks in life by thinking that they are the end of the world. Everyone faces obstacles. They are part of the package deal that we call life. However, it is important to keep your perception clear.
See your setbacks for what they are. Life is a learning process and they are there to help you grow. Learn from them and do better next time.
When you feel like giving up altogether think about how you can learn from it? What is the bright side of it? How can you do things differently to get the outcome you need?
These are the questions you need to ask yourself so you can deal with setbacks in a much better way.