It may be no surprise to hear that negative thinking is one of the causes of underachievement. Your life is built on your self-image and that image will depend on what you tell yourself.
There will be plenty of people in your life who are already, willing, and eager to spread the reasons why things just won’t work. Or why you are just not capable of achieving what you hope to. Unfortunately family and friends can be the worst culprits! They will always be someone who will willingly let you know why you will fail. Why won’t it work out?
Having said that, it is important to recognize that at times your nearest and dearest will be the first to shower negative rains on your dreams because they want to protect you from failing. Sometimes they may be afraid of you developing, growing, and leaving them behind. There will always be a deep underlying fear in the negative thoughts of another.
The most important thing you can do in an effort to avoid underachievement is to learn to protect yourself from the naysayers. Other people’s opinion of you is none of your business! I have no idea who said that originally but it’s spot on. Instead of taking on board what others have to say, focus on learning how to develop the inner strength needed to achieve your dreams.
Negative messages from other people can only affect you if you allow them to. Learn to brush them off. It’s time to become stronger about who you are and what you stand for. Before tackling others though it is important you tackle yourself if you want to avoid underachievement. What do you think about yourself right now and how is that affecting the accomplishments of your goals?
Awareness, acknowledgment, and acceptance are the keys to changing the negative conversations that rattle around in your mind.
Recognize that you have complete control over yourself and your thoughts. Many people believe it is the other way around. They make statements such as “I can’t help it, I’ve always thought this way.” But the real truth is you can help it. In fact, if avoiding underachievement is your goal then you must work towards not only stopping it but changing the way you think too!
Is the opinion of others more important than the opinion you hold of yourself? Are you ready to tackle the negative thinking that goes on in your head (here’s a tip! If you hear yourself thinking negative talks just shout – either out loud or in your head – “cancel” and then turn it round to something more affirming)
Thinking bigger, wanting more, and working towards achievement can make you a target for negative messages from your co-workers, family, friends, and even total strangers because most people like the status quo. But when you have a strong conviction within yourself, when you work towards ensuring all your thoughts empower you rather than dis-empower you, then you will be going some way towards transforming how you think and feel.
What you think about yourself will determine whether you are a success or whether you give up. Begin the journey of thinking great things about who you are and what you can achieve.
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