The Power of Positive thinking has been shown to have many physical and mental benefits. A positive mindset can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression and other stress-related disorders.
All this sounds great, but what does the “power of positive thinking” really mean?
Positive thinking can come in the form of positive imagery, positive self-talk or general optimism, but these are all still general concepts. If you want to be effective in being positive, you’ll need concrete examples to help you through the process.
Here are seven:
1. Start the day with positive affirmation.
How you start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Have you ever woken up late and then felt like nothing good happened the rest of the day? It is likely this is because you started the day with a pessimistic view that carried into other events. Instead of letting this happen, start the day with positive affirmations.
Talk to yourself with statements like, “Today will be a good day” or “I’m going to do well today.” You’ll be amazed how much your day improves.
2. Focus on the good things.
You’re probably going to encounter obstacles throughout your day. When you encounter such a challenge, focus on the benefits, no matter how small seem.
For example, if you’re stuck in traffic, think about how you now have time to listen to the rest of your favorite playlist. If the shop is out of the food you wanted to make for dinner, think about the benefit of trying something new.
3. Find humor in bad situations.
Allow yourself to experience humor in even the most trying situations. Remind yourself that this situation will probably make for a good story later and try to crack a joke about it.
4. Turn failures into lessons.
You’re going to make mistakes and experience failure in probably a lot of different ways. Instead of focusing on how you failed, think about what you’re going to do next time and turn your failure into a lesson.
5. Change negative self-talk into positive self-talk.
Negative self-talk is often hard to notice. You might think I’m so bad at this or I shouldn’t have tried that. But these thoughts turn into feelings and can impact your conceptions of yourself.
When you catch yourself doing this, stop and replace those negative messages with positive ones. For example, “I’m so bad at this” becomes “Once I get more practice, I’ll be way better at this.”
6. Focus on the present.
Not today, not this hour, only this exact moment.
You might be getting stressed, but what in this exact moment is happening that’s so bad? Forget the incident or comment that made you stressed five minutes ago. Forget what might happen five minutes from now. Focus on this one, individual moment.
In most situations, you’ll find it’s not as bad as you imagined. Most sources of negativity stem from a memory or the imagination of the future. Stay in the present moment.
7. Find positive friends, mentors and co-workers.
When you surround yourself with positive people, you’ll hear positive outlooks, positive stories and positive affirmations. Their positive words affect your own line of thinking, which then affects your words and contributes to the group.
Finding positive people can be a difficult task, but you need to eliminate negativity before it takes over. Do what you can to improve the positivity of others, and let their positivity affect you the same way.
Anybody in any situation can apply these lessons to their own lives and increase their positive attitude. As you might imagine, positive thinking offers amazing returns, so the more often you practice it, the greater benefits you’ll gain.
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