A negative mindset inevitably causes unhappiness and depression.

It may even influence decision making of a person in both personal and business life.

Getting into a negative mindset is easier than most people would anticipate.

As an entrepreneur, the last thing that you need is a pessimistic mind. You know it too, but how do you overcome a negative mindset?

This can be devastating to both the business, customers as well as to one’s personal life.

To avoid being overpowered or controlled by negativity, one needs to make a sensible effort to avoid the experience.

In this short post, we look at five ways that can help a person stay out of a negative mindset, move into positive thinking, hence stay out of stress and depression in the workplace and in their personal life.

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1. Do Not Entertain Destructive Thoughts

Most often, we fail to recognize how much we unconsciously cherish negative thoughts.

Though this seems counter intuitive, the truth is, a negative mindset occurs because we fail to avoid negative ideologies and thoughts (Bettino, 2009).

Our mind at times sticks on to these thoughts with a feeling of injured pride or self-pity.

When the negative thoughts go round our mind, they become influential making us lose a sense of perspective. Thus, we need to make a conscious decision to disregard the negative flow of sentiments and thoughts and remain persistent in these attempts.

2. Avoid Negative People

People who are negative in their thoughts only make you vulnerable to developing a negative mindset.

If you are already in a spiral of negativity, the best antidote is to just spend time doing positive, inspiring activities.

Sometimes, if we analyse and scrutinize our own negativity, it may not help us come out of the negative mindset. Engaging in useful activities help us forget the cause of our negativity; this is the most potent way to overcome an unhappy state of mind.

3. Don’t Think Anything You Wouldn’t Say To Others

We usually think of things that we would never tell or say before other people.

When we are offended with someone else, we should imagine what we would say to them in person. We should not overwhelm our mind with negative thoughts that we cannot comfortably open to others.

4. Shun Negativity From Others

The world we live in is full of pessimists, critics and prophets of doom.

Right next to us are people who will always find the negative side of life; but there is no reason why we should ascribe to their negative world outlook (Bettino, 2009). A perfect example is probably the work environment where negative attitude is habitual, but even if there are faults and limitations, one does not have to allow them to turn him or her into a negative person.

5. Don’t Just Sit Around Doing Nothing

Moping around and pitying oneself when engraved in a negative mindset is the worst thing to do.

Deliberating on our worries, bad luck, and fears cannot diminish negative thoughts.

Exercising can be a good method of bringing about a new consciousness. Being negative is linked to boredom and lack of purpose. One should look for new and exciting things to do besides checking emails or surfing the web.

Ultimately, a negative mindset is developed within us. We possess the power to control and change our thinking. The negativity in our mind is so influential that it not only affects us, but also affects others and the entire system.

As an entrepreneur, one should focus on developing positive mindset to enable one achieve what they are set to achieve.

How are you addressing your own mindset as an entrepreneur, and owner of your own business? More importantly, what will you change first?


Bettino, C. (2009). Directions: Your Roadmap to Happiness. City: Dog Ear Pub Llc.

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