Solve Your Negative Mindset | Fact Opinion Method
Negative mindsets are a constant topic that I write about. In my opinion they are the root cause of most people’s problems. Negative mindsets need to be eliminated and replaced with ones of optimism and positive thinking before you can really get to the next level.
How To Solve a Negative Mindset Using The Fact Opinion Method
One of the best tricks I’ve learned to solve a negative mind is to learn the difference between a fact and an opinion. Once you can correctly identify between the two, then eliminate opinions from your thinking and judgments. Let me first start by giving you the definition of the two.
Fact – A thing that is known to have occurred, to exist, or to be true.
Opinion – A personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
Now you can see the difference between the two. What really hurts us is when we already think negative about something then we form negative opinions about it. We then confuse opinions with facts and develop a negative outlook towards things. Opinions are not facts. Most of the time they aren’t true at all. They are basically a biased reality, sometimes favoring a more negative experience.
So many times do we base all of our reasoning on opinions and not facts. This can cause us many dilemmas. In order to sort through all of the negative thinking in our mind we have to separate the two and only let facts influence our thinking.
“I think my finances are out of control” – Opinion
“I need $200 more dollars before next month” – Fact
“Nobody likes me” – Opinion
“I got in an argument with Sue earlier” – Fact
“My car is falling apart” – Opinion
“I had to do 1 extra repair this month” – Fact
Tips To Help You Base Decisions On Facts
- Can it be proven? Whatever it is you are thinking about needs to be able to be proven to be considered a fact. If not throw it out.
- Is it known knowledge? If it is something that you can look up and is considered known knowledge then it is probably a fact
- Base your decisions on facts only. Don’t use opinions to make decisions.
- If something starts with a “I think” or “I anything” it’s probably an opinion and should be disregarded.
- Learn to recognize opinions in your thinking. Find different ways to identify them.
- Write down your thoughts if you need to. This can help you later on to sit back and identify facts from opinions.
- Ask for help.
- Stay positive and optimistic.
I hope this can help you learn to identify opinions and keep them out of your though process. I know you can master this technique. Good Luck!