How to Deal with Negative Thoughts

Woman Dealing with Negative Thoughts
Negative Thoughts Bring Us Down

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that many people are afraid of making decisions out of fear of making the wrong ones. Their fear cripples them to the point where they don’t take any action to overcome challenges and make progress. They become paralyzed and remain stagnant at best, unable to do anything about the inevitable problems that life throws at them.

As you’re reading this, the sentiments I describe may resonate with you. When faced with opportunities that others consider life-changing, you find yourself thinking, “What if I do this and fail?” or “What if I take action and upset my clients?”. If so, you let negative thoughts get the best of you.

It takes time and practice to silence the mind, to cut out all negative thoughts, and focus instead on the positives your brain is trying to tell you. Listen to your inner voice, think about what solutions you could implement by allowing creativity to flow through you, and don’t let any negative thoughts, fear, or worry penetrate your mind.

Andres Pira: Homeless to Billionaire




1. Identify Your Negative Thoughts

It’s almost impossible for a person not to have negative thoughts. Instead of accepting those thoughts subconsciously, you should try to analyze them consciously. Ask yourself why you have such negative thoughts. Is your negative outlook on the situation at hand a result of past experiences? How likely is it for the negative outcome to take place? If so, how much of an impact will it have on you? Once you calmly think your negative thoughts through, you’ll have a much clearer understanding of the potential obstacles you face, and whether you can tackle them.

2. Discuss Your Concerns with Someone You Trust

Your mind can be a trickster that makes you overthink, which is why it can be challenging to analyze your negative thoughts by yourself. If you have a friend, a family member, or a mentor whose judgment you trust, discuss your concerns with them. By the end of the conversation, you’ll know whether your negative thoughts are a result of overthinking.

Woman Talking about Negative Thoughts with a Mentor
Discussing Negative Thoughts with a Mentor

3. Challenge Your Negative Thoughts

If you’re a habitual worrywart, you’ll agree that you tend to question positive thoughts with negative what-ifs. For a change, try challenging your negative thoughts with positive what-ifs. Ask yourself, “What if I do this and succeed?” and “What if I take action and fill my clients’ faces with joy?”. Once you start making positive thinking a habit, you’ll be surprised by how much control you have over your thoughts.

4.  Widen Your Perspective

Sometimes, we conceive negative thoughts because of our one-sided thinking. Read more books and articles, listen to wisdom-filled podcasts, go out and explore the world, and develop a hunger for knowledge! The more you know, the more confident you’ll be with your decisions, leaving little room for negative thoughts.

Man Reading to Broaden his Mind
Reading Helps Expand the Mind

5. Practice Self-Compassion

Failure is an essential part of growth. The successful people you know of didn’t always get it right on the first try; they had to stumble and fall a few times before making it to the finish line. Failures are learning opportunities in disguise, so don’t let them harden your spirit. You owe it to yourself to be kind and compassionate to the person looking back at you in the mirror.

Andres Pira: Homeless to Billionaire




Please remember that you are not your thoughts. You’re a spiritual being with the power to use your ideas to have fantastic experiences in this world. With the power of your mind, choose happiness. Change your thinking and your actions, and you’ll be amazed at how beautiful life is.

Life is short, so don’t doubt, don’t second-guess, and don’t think that you can’t do it. It’s only in your mind. Learn to control it, and you’ll achieve more than you could have ever imagined.

-Andres Pira

About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand, where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.

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