By Ingrid Elfver – a “leading mindset expert, helping women (and highly evolved men) entrepreneurs build their business and brand.”
See her Woman Entrepreneur Blog
Elfver gives an example of making a mistake and having the thought “I’m such a failure” – and she says you can counteract that with a positive thought such as “I’m going to succeed in spite of that.”
One thing that is very helpful about her advice is to target just a single concrete negative thought at a time, not the thousands we have each day.
See related article One Small Step Can Change Your Life, by Robert Maurer
Also see more Awareness – thinking articles.
Countering negative thoughts is a central part of cognitive behavioral therapy, with a major strategy to become aware of automatic thoughts that are self-limiting or lead to deflated emotions, and then “arguing” or reasoning about those thoughts: “Is it really true I am a failure if I make a mistake?”
There are a number of books to help deal with negative thinking, including The Feeling Good Handbook, by David Burns, one of the prime developers of cognitive therapy.