3 Reasons Why You Should Let Go of Negative Thinking

Do you struggle with negative thinking? Learn to identify and let go of negative lists we keep in our heads.. Discover 3 reasons why you should let go of negative thinking.

Negative thinking and toxic lists wound hearts and crush dreams.

In my last post we talked about 20 toxic ways of thinking that will poison your life. The image below reveals the kind of thinking that can lurk in the of our dark corners of our thoughts. We struggle with the tendency to keep negative lists on ourselves and others.

Do you struggle with toxic thinking that impacts your spiritual, relational, and emotional well being? Learn to identify 20 ways of toxic thinking and stop negative thinking cold.

3 Reasons to let go of negative thinking.

1. Toxic thinking can become an emotional bad habit.

Left unchecked,  toxic thinking will make you miserable. Have you noticed that we  often keep the longest lists on those we love the most: spouses, parents, siblings, and friends? Sometimes it only takes a critical comment, an unintentional slight, or  an angry retort to ignite bitterness. On cue, painful memories flash in our minds as emotions escalate. We bow to familiar accusations that replay like broken records in our heads. Words like always, can’t, and never blast our thoughts as we add another infraction to the list.

  • She always let’s me down.
  • I can’t do this.
  • He’ll never change.
  • I’ll never be enough.

2. Toxic thinking can become a negative filter distorting truth.

Our perspective warps when we relate to God, others, or ourselves based on hurt, resentment, or a lack of forgiveness. Are we keeping tally in an unhealthy way of proving to ourselves resentment is valid? Our list becomes a both a false truth and a cloudy filter through which we interpret life.

Consumed with our troubles, emotions spiral out of control.

Faith is hampered by false belief and defined by emotion.

3. Toxic thinking influences our speech.

We can begin to echo these words from the book of Job:

“I loathe my very life;
therefore I will give free rein to my complaint
and speak out in the bitterness of my soul. Job 10:1

Have you been there? Are you giving free reign to your complaints? Are you speaking out of the bitterness of your soul?

When it is quiet, and its just you and your thoughts, what is your heart saying?

For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. Matthew 12:34-35

Whether our toxic thinking is personal or directed at someone else, this is no way to live. It’s just plain miserable.

Whether we like it or not, we come to a powerful moment of choice.

  • Will we react or respond?
  • Will we  choose patience or anger?
  • Will we resent or forgive?
  • Will we move forward or stay stuck?

How often does this powerful moment of choice slip by unnoticed, drowned by mental noise of reciting our lists?

A toxic internal list corrodes our soul and complicates our relationships. How much lighter would we feel if we gather the courage to let go of our lists?

What will it take to loosen your grip?

What could happen if you simply remind yourself to let go of your toxic list?

Let’s encourage each other with this simple phrase:

Only when we let go of our toxic thinking will we have empty hands and ready hearts to receive God’s blessings. This is an intentional choice we make to obey God and honor others as well as ourselves. Free from our toxic thinking, we can live lightly in the confidence we are loved, valued, and filled in Christ.

Do you struggle with negative thinking? Learn to identify and let go of negative lists we keep in our heads.. Discover 3 reasons why you should let go of negative thinking.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will… Ephesians 1:3-5

Join me next time for a list of Scriptures to combat our toxic lists and negative thinking. Now that’s the kind of list we need to keep!

What type of toxic list do you struggle with?

Other posts in this series:

Reflections of a Reluctant List Maker

The Dark Side of Your List

20 Toxic Ways of Thinking That Will Poison Your Life

 

Linking with these communities: Coffee for Your Heart and #TellHisStory.

10 Comments

  1. Hopped here from Coffee For Your Heart-Holley Gerth. Love what I’ve seen and am following. Blessings to you and yours! Marie

    • Ginger Harrington

      Yay! I’m so glad this blog hits a sweet spot for you. I love it when people choose to subscribe to the blog–such an encouragement. I hope you will enjoy every post. I’m glad our paths have crossed at Holly’s today:).

  2. So good and oh so true on all three accounts. Thanks, Ginger!

  3. Wow Ginger this is a really good read and such powerful truths for not getting entangled and stuck. Thank-you for taking the time to write this! I appreciate this here –> “Toxic thinking can become a negative filter distorting truth.” Blessings Ginger!! Gripping onto Grace..

    • Ginger Harrington

      Welcome, Jessica. I’m so glad our paths have crossed in this online place of fellowship. You’re right, toxic thinking can really get us tangled up. I’ve had to intentionally let go of negative thinking several times this week. For some reason, I keep picking it back up… Have a great week.

  4. Wow this is a such great post Ginger! What a poignant way to remind us to guard our thoughts from Satan’s strongholds! Love all three points of why we need to let go of negative/toxic thoughts. It is important to be mindful of how they can impact us negatively. I am a split between a creative/analytical and sometimes my thoughts hurt my creativity and I miss God’s intended blessings! I will definitely be sharing this post my friend! Have a fantastic weekend and may God richly bless you and yours!

    • Ginger Harrington

      Hello Horace! So nice to “chat” with you today. I appreciate your kind thoughts on this post. This is an area most of us struggle with–at least I know I do. I agree with you that negative thinking can inhibit our creativity. I appreciate the sharing. I had a great weekend with a family reunion. Blessings!

  5. Such an important word for me, Ginger, because I tend to rehearse things over and over in my mind, and those negative thoughts sure do get me down and trip me up. It’s a simple discipline of the mind and heart, isn’t it? To LET GO.

    • Ginger Harrington

      I have been thinking of you with the current news. Praying for your family. I like the way you put that, a discipline of the mind and heart. It is a simple concept but the doing can be challenging for sure! Thanks for visiting today, Betsy.

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