We all go through difficult moments in our life, and working to achieve our goals can be a bumpy road. However, the journey can be even more difficult when we become our toughest critic, and the effects of negative thinking can be pretty damaging for us. This is especially true when we keep engaging in negative self-talk, which is why we need to be aware of these patterns and actively work on getting over them. Otherwise, we might suffer from the consequences and effects of negative thinking on our overall well-being.
You end up believing negative thoughts.
One of the most serious effects of negative thinking is that, the more we engage in this behavior, the easier it is to start believing negative self-talk. If we are bombarding our own minds with messages about our failures and mistakes, telling ourselves that we can’t accomplish anything or that we will never reach our goals, we will end up believing that is true, and won’t be motivated to keep working.
You get obsessed with perfectionism.
When we get stuck with our negative thoughts, recognizing our achievements, especially the small ones, becomes more difficult. This then leads us to think that doing great isn´t enough, and we get obsessed with being perfect, every time, all the time. As a result, we will start working under higher levels of stress and anxiety, which in turn will have a negative effect on our performance.
You can develop feelings of depression.
Having to deal with high levels of stress and anxiety, in addition to constant negative thinking, can make us develop feelings of depression over time. As a matter of fact, several studies have found that one of the effects of negative thinking is the exacerbation of feelings of depression. This intensifies when we were already feeling bad due to a recent failure or a difficult situation in our lives.
You will face relationship challenges.
Last but not least, we must remember that constantly having negative thoughts will take a toll on our social life, and our relationships might be hurt as a result. When we get stuck in negative self-talk, we are very likely to develop habits that will bother or hurt those around us. The best way to avoid this is to actively work on limiting our negative thoughts and focusing on the positive instead.
“Believing in negative thoughts
is the single greatest obstruction
― Charles F. Glassman