How can we become an optimistic person when we have fallen prey to negative thinking? It is so easy for us to become filled with negativity when our lives don’t go the way we expect them to.

The biggest problem with negative thinking is that it has a snowball effect. One negative thought leads to another negative thought and then another.

Before you realize what has happened, you are a victim of negativity and negative thinking becomes a way of life.

So how do you turn it around and become the optimistic person that you long to be? It can be done. It just takes some work to regain your positive thinking and rid yourself of pessimism.

You have the power to control your thoughts. You are the one who decides if your thoughts are negative or positive. It takes practice and commitment to redirect your thoughts, but you can do it.

You have acquired a bad habit of negative thinking, but this habit can be broken and your optimism and positive thinking will return.

You have to make a firm commitment to change your way of thinking and create positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts. I can hear some of you saying “I just can’t stop being pessimistic and thinking negative thoughts.”.

Well, guess what? If you keep telling yourself that you can’t, then you most likely can’t.

Decide you are going to think only positive thoughts and you will do it. You can do anything you set your mind to do. When you find yourself being pessimistic and thinking negative thoughts, you must immediately find something positive in your situation and redirect your negative thoughts to the positive.

It may be trying at first, but after a while your subconscious mind will realize that you don’t want to wallow in negativity any more.

An excellent method to accomplish this is by using positive affirmations. It is the easiest way to reprogram your subconscious mind from negative and pessimistic thinking to positive and optimistic thinking.

Take some time in quiet solitude to think about a few affirmations that may help you to turn your thinking around. What aspects of your life are you pessimistic about?

When you start to think negative thoughts, repeat your affirmation until your thoughts reflect optimism instead of pessimism.

Begin each day repeating your affirmations; repeat them often throughout the day and repeat them again before you go to bed.

Here are a few of my favorites:

I am a positive and happy person.

I only focus on positive pursuits.

I choose to have a positive opinion of myself.

I believe that I am worthy of happiness and the best that life has to offer.

I only think positive thoughts.

I focus my attention on enjoying every moment of my life.

I am grateful for everything that I have.

It is also very important to stay clear of negative people. Avoid them like the plague. Their negativity will spill over to you.

Surround yourself with positive and happy people. They will lift your spirits and make you feel better about yourself.

When you are around positive people, you expect positive things to happen. Your mind is now focused on the positive instead of the negative.

Reading inspirational books is also very helpful. Anything you can do to reprogram your mind to positive thinking will put you one step closer to living a life filled with optimism.

And this is how you become an optimistic person. You can do it!! I’m cheering for you.

Author's Bio: 

Patrice Evans is an internet entrepreneur with several businesses. Researching and studying all aspects of self development, she has incorporated this information, along with her own visions,  put it all together and established several self help websites. The newest one is Positive Thinking Quotes. This web site is designed to help people enrich their lives with hope, purpose and passion by reading inspiring quotes.