7 Ways How to Recognise a Defeatist Attitude

7 Ways How to Recognise a Defeatist Attitude

Defeatist Attitude

What is a Defeatist Mentality?


1. Self-Doubt

Self-doubt, the feeling that you are not good enough and will fail at whatever you're trying to do, is crippling. 

The source of self-doubt is usually comparison in one form or another.

Either you're comparing yourself to other people, or to who you feel you should be, but aren't.

Once negative self-talk and doubt kick in and you start to believe it, you don't even want to try anymore.

You expected it to fail before you even began, so you never tried.

Self-doubt happens to everyone - even the people you think have everything going for them. 

Habitual self-doubt is often a sign of deeper emotional or psychological issues that remain unresolved.

They just happen to be manifesting themselves in the form of a defeatist attitude.

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2. Laziness

The dangerous thing about laziness is that it feels so good.

Who doesn't want to kick back and relax?

Especially when the only other option is to do work. 

We make excuses to justify our laziness in order to feel better about ourselves.  

You might feel like your life is in control, and you can get away with being lazy.

But the truth is that when you procrastinate and don't handle your responsibilities promptly and in the best way you can, things falls apart.

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3. Low Creativity

Your thoughts have an impact on how you feel.

But what you may not realize is that a defeatist mindset negatively affects your creativity, and ultimately, your success in life.

Creativity is often thought of as something mystical or magical, but in reality it's combining different ideas to produce something new.

Defeatism and negativity drain your creativity and motivation.

The key is to learn how to overcome defeatist thinking, and replace it with positive thinking.

That's how you become more creative and productive in all areas of your life.

Negativity is a soul killer. Over time it can lead to depression and illness and can make your life a living hell.

The good news is that you have the power to change all of that.

You can reprogram your mindset to move from negative to positive.

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4. Negative Energy

People with defeatist mindsets usually aren’t the most enjoyable people to be around.

A defeatist attitude repels people, and is the opposite of having personal magnetism and charisma.

Having a defeatist mindset will make us feel like other people are always doing better than you.

Feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem can lead a person down a dark path that if left unchecked can lead you to ruin. 

Changing your mindset takes work and effort on your part.

You have to be willing to identify, and then change the negative thinking patterns that are keeping you stuck.

Your thoughts create your feelings, which lead to your decisions and actions.

If you want better results in your life you need to think differently.

It's hard to be confident when you're feeling low, and it's impossible to feel like the best version of yourself if you always feel down or defeated.

A defeatist mindset is never good for anyone.

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5. Negative Self-Talk

What you say to yourself inside your own head has the power to affect your entire life.

Negative self-talk is a sign of a defeatist attitude.

We've all had moments where we speak down to ourselves about our looks, abilities, or skills.

It's normal to have these thoughts from time to time because you're human, and humans are imperfect beings.

But when you find your negative self-talk on repeat, or the volume is getting louder, it might be time to make a few changes.

Long term defeatism leaves you feeling disheartened about life, and can even lead to nihilism.

That's not a place you want to end up.

If negative thoughts are constantly running through your head, it's time to take a step back and reevaluate how you think about yourself.

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6. No Ambition

Lack of ambition and interest in life are symptoms of defeatism.

When you're feeling apathetic, the world seems bleak and nothing is interesting anymore.

You don't have any long-term goals or plans for your future because it doesn't matter if you fail.

Many people find themselves paralyzed with this attitude when they feel like there's no point to anything anymore.

So what's the opposite of defeatism: Ambition!

Ambition comes from the Latin word "ambitus" which means to seek something.

In other words, being ambitious means taking chances in order to achieve your goals.

When you have ambition you are willing to put in the effort necessary for success because YOU WANT TO WIN!

A defeatist attitude blocks your ambitions and desires at every turn, making your progress slow and difficult every step of the way.

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7. Self-Destructive Behaviour

Your thoughts and actions create your behavioural patterns,  which determine your ultimate destiny

A self-defeatist attitude brings forth self-destructive behaviors in an individual. 

People who doubt themselves are more likely to engage in self destructive behaviours as a way of coping with their feelings of inadequacy.

Defeatism highlights the negatives in every situation and blocks you from seeing anything good or hopeful about your life. 

This type of thinking is the polar opposite of vibrant mental health. 

As soon as you recognise your own defeatist attitude, take immediate steps to interrupt your negativity and replace it with more positivity and optimism.

Best Quotes About Changing Your Attitude


“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” - Wayne Dyer

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek” - Barack Obama

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself” -  Andy Warhol

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance” - Alan Watts