In this episode, we’ll explore the impact of negative thoughts and strategies to overcome them.
Negative thoughts are a common struggle. So, if you think you’re alone, then know that you’re not.
What You’ll Learn in this Podcast:
- How to understand and overcome negative thoughts.
- Shifting the focus to the positive.
- Strengthening connection to Allah to stop self-sabotage.
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Negative Thoughts to Ruin Your Life and Results
Negative thoughts come from various sources. Sometimes it’s Waswas (whispers), whether from the Shayateen or negative influences of people.
Believing these whispers can lead us to internalise incorrect information about ourselves which then affects our mental well-being.
Negativity is a part of life and it doesn’t matter what the source is because we have a choice to reject it. The key lies in understanding that these negative thoughts themselves, don’t define our identity.
If you can stop believing that these thoughts actually mean something about you, then that’s the first step towards changing everything.
Our thoughts create our feelings so getting stuck in these negative thoughts will make us feel awful.
And it affects our behaviour, which then impacts us in different areas of our lives. A common thing that happens as a result, is self-sabotaging behaviour.
This stems from our believing and acting upon negative thoughts, leading to shame and guilt. That’s why it’s important to understand that thoughts are not truths so that we can break the cycle of incessantly thinking about them.
The good news is that overcoming this lies in our connection to Allah (swt). Strengthening your connection to Allah (swt) is the solution to overcoming the negative thought loop and self-sabotage.
Relying on the All-Merciful for protection changes the focus and gives us a sense of security and trust that we need.
The more connected you are to Allah (swt), the better you’re going to feel. This is number one.
The second thing is to change your focus to what serves you, where it’s going to help you and empower you.
It’s about committing to being intentional and choosing positive thoughts.
When coaching my clients, and training my coaches, we’re focusing on the transformation of life, permanently. Solving the core problem.
Our feelings come from our thoughts and if we focus on what’s positive in our life, our feelings will follow.
An example that I often give my clients is that it’s a bit like a child throwing a tantrum.
As parents, we take the child out of the situation.
We take them out of the room, to change the focus, so that we can distract their attention. We might even need to bring out the ice cream and the toys.
The solution is consciously shifting the focus focus towards constructive and uplifting thoughts.
We have to find our own “ice cream” in those struggling moments.
Our thoughts are our choice and it determines how we feel so if we choose positive thoughts deliberately and intentionally, our emotions will change.
When our emotions change, our overall well-being is good, impacting our relationships, work, and whole life.
This process takes time and practise but you can do this.
About the Author: Abdul Shahid – Life Transformation Coach & Principle Trainer of Professional Muslim Coaches using the Science of the Nafs coaching and peak performance science. Specialist in Mind health, wealth and mastery using this Quran and sunnah based Spiritual Psychology model.
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