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Are you often accused of being the resident pessimistic, always able to see why a plan might fail or why you might not be “good enough” to fulfill certain dreams or goals? If so, perhaps you’re aware that thinking that way might be unproductive, and yet still find yourself stuck in that negative place.
In this TEDx talk, Alison Ledgerwood wants you to take ten minutes of your time to explore your negative thinking, gain a better understanding of it, and ultimately learn how you might be able to leave it behind in favor of a more productive approach.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Ledgerwood is engaged in research that specifically focuses on why certain ways of thinking tend to become habitual and difficult to leave behind. In fact, the brain is wired to hold onto these attitudes and perspectives, so don’t fully blame your conscious mind for your tendency to see the glass as half empty!
As you listen to her presentation, think about how examples like the ones she provides might manifest in your own life, and get to grips with the neurological and psychological underpinnings of those gloomy thoughts. As she explains, it does take real work to see the real benefits.
Reams of studies now show an undeniable link between thinking positively and achieving concrete results that show not only in your career but also in your love life, hobbies, and everyday happiness.