The fact that someone has negative thoughts means that person already has some doubts in him or he is already losing his confidence. It is a very vital part of the development of negative thinking because if someone lets pessimism get into his head once then it is possible for him to have the same idea over and over again.
This is why being aware of the possible effects of negative thinking is really important. It might help someone stop his negative thinking or even before it happens. Here are some of the effects of negative thinking:
Short-term or Immediate Effects
It makes a person feel worse, as well as the situation the person is in. Having negative ideas often makes a person feel less of himself. People who have negative thoughts usually lose their “can do” attitude and replace with the idea that they can’t. It does not just make the person worse but also his situation. Losing the nerve to go further only leaves the problem unsolved and make it worse or even worst.
It adds negative values in a person’s life. Being a pessimist does not only affect the present situation but also the whole aspect life of a person.
Any negative idea a person allows to take over his mind adds negative values to his whole point of view. It obstructs a person from taking steps to achieve his goals.
People usually think that it is their instinct that tells them not to take a step towards success. But in reality, it is just the negative thoughts they have in their mind that make them afraid to take any step.
These effects show that the moment a person has negative thoughts in him, it already causes him to have a negative environment and stops him from making any progress.
Long- Term Effects
Having Less confidence than before: People who always thing negatively usually lack confidence. It is because of an immediate effect of negative thinking which, in the long run, also leads to having very low self-esteem. It is not just they think that they are not capable of doing anything; it makes them think that they should not trust themselves because in every action they take, only failures await.
Having less happiness and enjoyment in life: Negative thoughts also cause a person to forget how to have happiness and enjoyment. It is because a number of negative ideas easily outweigh the positive thoughts, which makes a person disregard any possible happiness and enjoyment he might have.
Having less energy or the courage to go further: They say that courage is important in order to achieve success. But through negative thinking, a person learns to disregard any positive results of his courageous steps. Therefore, he does not take any action.
Having less social interaction with other people because of the negative environment: A person who always think negatively tend to overlook the importance of social interaction. Some of them think that other people will not like who they are, which makes them not try to get along with other people.
Having a less worthwhile life: Filling up your mind with negative thoughts also makes you fill up your life with negative experiences. When a person lets every chance given to him slip off his hand, it also makes him loose all the chances for achievement. Thus, leading to a not so worthy kind of life.
Having less peace of mind or a troubled mind: People who have lots of negative thoughts in their minds tend to come up with many negative outcomes. It makes them uneasy most of the time which also causes further problems. Becoming less healthy: Pessimists tend to become unhealthier than those with positive thoughts. It is the same with being stressed; the more stress you let yourself be, the less healthy you will be.
Becoming too problematic or having too many worries in life: Negative thoughts are usually sources of much bigger problems. When someone has filled his mind with negative ideas, they also tend to come up with other problems which make them even more problematic.
Becoming too fragile when it comes on handling challenges: They say that failure make a person stronger. But for people who have negative thoughts in mind, it only makes them more fragile every time they experience a disappointment. This leads to a weaker and more vulnerable personality.
Losing the chance of success: All of the effects of negative thinking, whether short-term or long-term ones, mostly lead down to losing any sight of success. Pessimists let their negative ideas pre-occupy their minds before they even take another step. It is the bitter reality of having negative thoughts, it does not give any positive results unless you decide to turn the tale on your own. Experiencing these effects of negative thinking often makes a person feel more dejected.
It might make the person let more negative ideas sink on his mind. On the other hand, these effects might also help the person turn the table. Knowing how it feels to be a pessimist and being aware of what it can do to yourself through self-experience, sometimes help the person to change his way of thinking. It is important to let someone appreciate every challenge and experiences he has. Knowing that a negative way of thinking does not make you a better person can contribute to a massive change. It will help a person value his positive thoughts and ignore any negative ideas.
In Part 3 I will cover How to Identify A Negative Thinker