How Reversing Negative Thoughts Can Increase Your Productivity

Negative thoughts, or core beliefs, hold us back.

 Sometimes, they even set us up for failure before we even begin. We are raised being told by our parents that we are what we eat.  Such is the same with our thoughts.  We are what we think.

Think of the top five most common negative core beliefs you hold toward your business.  Chances are, these are thoughts that you have repeatedly.  They play over and over in your head like a tape recorder on automatic rewind. 

It is paramount that we change these thoughts into something positive in order to succeed.  These negative thoughts are the ones that crop up every single time we have a business idea. 

Because of the negative emotions that are attached to them, it makes it nearly impossible to go into any project relating to our business and be successful.


In an effort to remain productive, we dive into our work and make it a habit not to be stationary.  As long as we are working, success has to come eventually right?  Wrong! 

When it comes to negative thoughts…you have to stop when they crop up and put it in reverse for a minute. 

In other words, take those icky thoughts, and the feelings attached to them and turn them into good thoughts.negative thoughts, mental skills, positive thinking, negative core beliefs

I’m sure you’re thinking that everyone says to think positive but what does this actually mean?

In this case, you’re going to take your top five negative core beliefs that you have about your business and reverse them.

1.  I’m not going to try that until I know it works.

How does the above statement make you feel?  Is it motivating?  Encouraging?

When I say this statement, I immediately feel stubborn, trapped…in a state of waiting.  None of these feelings that are attached to this statement are conducive to any business. 

Yet this statement plays over and over in my head.  How can I make this statement motivating?

New Belief:  I’m willing to try it as long as it’s not too risky and I know it’s worked for others like me.

Now say the new belief. How do these words make you feel as opposed to the first statement?  Do they prompt feelings of stubbornness, waiting or being trapped?  Absolutely not.

With this new statement what doors could possibly be opened?

 You may come across some really good times that your followers on Twitter are active.  Instead of dismissing it, perhaps you’ll measure the risk, see that it’s helped others like you and try it.

2.  I’m the owner/CEO, I have to be aggressive.

Negative thoughts:  entrapment, aggression, closed-mindedness, lack of joy or encouragement

New Belief:  I’m the owner/CEO.  I have to stay alert and promote leadership and teamwork.

New Feeling: Control, respect, knowledge, assertion, motivation, encouragement

3.  Work is so hard/stressful.

Negative thoughts:  Work will always stress me out because it’s always hard;  Work is boring and no fun;  I don’t like or enjoy work.

New Belief:  Work is challenging and no day is ever the same.

New Feeling:  Work provides intrinsic value, is never boring and motivates me to succeed.

4.  I’m not a ‘techy’ person.

Negative Thoughts:  I’ll always fail at tech issues; I won’t succeed because I’m not tech minded.

New Belief:  Dealing with tech issues always force me to learn something new.

New Feeling:  I can learn and grow from tech issues;  I can conquer problems in my business.

5.  Yeah, but change is scary.

Negative Thoughts:  Change is bad;  Resist change because it’s scary.

New Belief:  Change may be uncomfortable, but it symbolizes growth and success.

New Feeling:  Acceptance and anticipation for change; excitement; confidence

It is absolutely amazing how one tiny shift in thoughts can alter your emotion. This is a powerful tool that anyone can learn to use.  The more you practice, the more powerful it becomes.  Invest in yourself, and take a few minutes to reverse your negative thoughts today.

For additional help on identifying your negative core beliefs, please read the original post in this series on Negative Core Beliefs. 

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21 Responses to How Reversing Negative Thoughts Can Increase Your Productivity

  1. Kelly Boyer Sagert April 2, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    This just shows how powerful our brains really are . . . can you imagine how amazing we can all be once we tap into that resource more fully???

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Hi Kelly! 🙂

      Yes that’s the whole idea. Exercising that ‘mind over matter’ concept. The brain is absolutely intriguing and it is a fact that we don’t even use half of ours. Practice makes perfect and this is the first and most powerful ‘productivity hack’ that I’ve learned. I’ll spend a lifetime mastering it though! lol : )

  2. Nida Sea April 2, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Great post! I mentioned negative thinking in my other comment, but it works great here! For number three, “Work is hard/stressful,” it’s more like “Work is boring and blah,” for me. Not sure why. I spoke with Valerie on this before. I just get bored of whatever I’m doing and find something else. I may have ADHD. Weird right?

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Hi Nida! : )

      Yes, you quite possibly could have ADHD…I believe I do also, but have never been diagnosed as such. What I do know is that the more I change those negative core values, the more focused and productive I become. Self-discipline starts with the mind. You have to keep your mind and your heart in alignment in order to feed your passion. Keep reversing negative thoughts and you’ll become more productive. This means don’t tell yourself you’re ADHD…WHO CARES…it’s not going to stop you from being great…so stop making it a negative thing. Make it a positive thing…”I have ADHD so I have more energy than a lot of people.” “I have ADHD so I can switch from one subject to another quickly.” Never never never allow what society terms as a disability stop you from being great! : )

  3. Christy April 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    This is probably the single most important act that has changed my business. What you think about, you bring about. Thank you so much for such an in-depth example of how to change your thinking.

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

      Hi Christy! : )

      Have you ever head the saying, “You are what you eat?”

      Well, I feel that way about thoughts.

      You are what you think!

      Thanks so much for commenting and I’m sorry it took so long to respond. My comment thread wasn’t enabling me to respond.

  4. Lani Carroll April 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    I always have a lot of trouble with the “change is scary” one. It sure is scary to me! Thanks for the helpful post.

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

      Hi Lani!

      You’re already half-way there to reversing your negativity on change…because you’ve identified it. So change it right now and keep saying it in your head every single time you start to dread or resist change. Change is progress!!! Thanks so much for commenting and I’m so sorry I took so long to respond!

  5. Joy April 3, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Reversing thoughts and emotion can be quite challenging for me especially when I see something different from I want to see. But, I’m getting there. 😉 Not easy, but totally doable.

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm #


      I haven’t known you for a long time, but in the time that I have, your growth is AMAZING. I’m beyond proud of you and admire your passion. It shines in all of your writing…and to ‘ooze’ of that much passion is a sign of strong core beliefs. You’re amazing so keep it up!

  6. Sue Brackstone April 3, 2014 at 3:24 am #

    Great post! I love how it’s possible to change our core beliefs by the way we think about problems.

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Hi Sue! I’m sorry for not responding earlier! My comments threat decided not to work for a while. I do believe we can change our entire lives by simply reversing negative core beliefs. It’s powerful stuff and I’d say that I’m living proof that if you really focus on changing them, you will ignite passion, have victory and literally thrive! Thanks so much for commenting!

  7. Valerie April 3, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    The best way to change any negative habit is to replace it with a positive one. This includes our thoughts as well. Thanks Lynn for providing us with such excellent information!

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

      And when I had nothing but negative thoughts and self-doubt, you replaced them with positive ones. You’ve helped me grow and gain the confidence I need to help others. I always wanted to, but never actually believed it until recently. Kingdom of Paidalot helped me do just that! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  8. Neil Eldred April 3, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    This is super important. With me this comes up when brainstorming. My wife noticed this when we’re brainstorming together. With every idea that comes up, I immediately come up with a reason that it won’t work. I guess my negative belief is new ideas won’t work. I have to change that to everything’s possible. Thanks Lynn!

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

      Hi Neil! : )

      I’m so sorry it took so long to respond. My comment thread decided to go on vacation and wouldn’t let me comment. Needless to say, I’m so honored that you took the time to comment. There’s a saying that I’ve lived by since I was a kid. I have no idea where it came from…it’s just always been there as long as I can remember:

      “If your heart isn’t in something, you simply can’t do it.”

      There’s such power in these words. Your brain and your heart have to be aligned…and the way to do that, is to reverse those negative core beliefs. The hardest part is identifying them…but you already did that. So keep telling yourself that new ideas and change are awesome…exciting…etc. You’re well on your way!

  9. Kylie Dunn April 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I took on a challenge that Chris Brogan put out not to have any negative thoughts for two weeks – I think I failed about 20 minutes after I accepted it 🙂 I’ve recently identified a rogue mindset issue that has crept in that I’ve been dealing with, and the content in this post will help me even more. Thanks Lynn for the prompt 🙂

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

      Hi Kylie,

      To be honest, I fight negative thoughts almost every single day. BUT…a few months ago, it was all day long. The more I’ve really focused on rewording my thoughts, the less those negative nasty ones come. If I’d done the two week challenge of Chris’s, I would’ve failed 20 minutes into it too…but the awesome part is that the more you practice reversing them, the more empowered you become. Thanks for commenting! : )

  10. Adam April 5, 2014 at 4:41 am #

    Great reminder Lynn! My biggest problem is forgetting the simplest ideas that have had a big impact on my life, I don’t want to forget, but I do. It’s so easy for old habits of thought to hijack my brain, so thanks again for this amazing reminder that I can refocus on the positive. I’m actually in the process up putting up a big white board in my office and I’m going to write these on a portion of it.

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      ADAM!!! I’m so sorry it took so long to respond! My comment thread likes to act up. It’s fixed FINALLY thanks to my awesome ‘tech’ person! What’s mind blowing to me is that it’s so easy to encourage others, but when it comes to ourselves, we forget. The power of the mind is such an under used tool, but I’ve really grown and broken through a lot of barriers by redefining what my internal thoughts are saying. It works! Thanks so much for commenting.

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