Negative thoughts can paralyze us with fear, or undermine us with doubts, or even cancel out positive beliefs if we let them. Yet, they are a normal part of the human experience, and it appears that we can't completely stop them. They're par for the course in the current evolution of humankind and human society. So don't be surprised when they pop up.
It can be helpful to keep a count of how many times per day you engage in negative self-talk. Now imagine if you had a friend who constantly spoke to you like that; they wouldn't be your friend for long, would they? So, if they're "normal", what can we do about them.
We can remove their power over us. Here's how: