Is there anything more disappointing than sharing exciting news with a good friend and being met with a negative response?

For example, say you finally decided to make that huge career change you’ve dreamed about forever. When you break the news, he says, “Really? Why would you do that? You’re really going to stunt your career growth if you switch paths this late in the game.” And just like that, your excitement diminishes and you start second-guessing your decision.

Negative thoughts can be toxic—whether they come from external sources or from within your own mind. (And man, can your mind go to dark places!) The good news is you have the power to change the way you think.

Taking simple steps to combat a Debbie Downer mindset, like keeping a journal, can help turn those moments of despair into positive ones. Trust me, you got this!


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