Worrying is Negative Thinking

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Negative thinkingThoughts become things. If we stay positive and think positive thoughts, then positive things will happen to us. Conversely, if we think negative thoughts, then negative things will happen to us. Worrying is a form of negative thinking. If you ever catch yourself worrying about things, you are reinforcing negative thoughts and a negative attitude.

Thoughts Become Things

The interesting thing about worrying is many times, the things we focus on have a habit of becoming true. When I was little, we didn’t have air conditioning. Each of us had a window fan to blow the cooler nighttime air on us as we slept during the summer. I’m not sure why, but as September rolled around, I would still keep my fan on in the window. Nighttime temperatures would go down into the low 60’s or upper 50’s. Having that air blow across your body will get you cold in no time.

When I would lay down for bed, I would make a game out of having the cold air blow over me. I would see how long I could last before the cold air became too much for me to handle and rolling over or pulling the covers over me. When I focused on the cold air, I got cold quickly and lasted no time at all before pulling the covers over me. But there was one night when I pictured myself on a warm beach. I could see the blue water and feel the sand between my toes. When I thought these thoughts, I lasted a long time before needing to pull the covers over me.

On a related note, there is the story of a man that was locked in the back of a refrigerated truck. He banged on the door, trying to get someone’s attention to let him out. Unfortunately, no one heard him. He knew that he wouldn’t survive the night in the cold, but he tried. He curled up in a ball trying to stay warm, but all he did was focus on the cold. He pulled out a pencil and a piece of paper and wrote how cold he was. By the time morning came and workers found him, he was frozen to death. The catch though is that the refrigeration module on the truck was broken. The temperature never went below 70 degrees. But he thought that it was freezing and ended up passing away from the cold. His negative thinking led to his demise.

Final Thoughts: Negative Thinking

What is the lesson in these two stories? It’s that our thoughts have a profound effect on our lives. When we worry about things, we help spur those things into becoming a reality. Once we realize that worrying is the same thing as negative thinking, we can begin to change our thoughts to focus on the positive and have good things happen to us.

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