One of the best ways to create exactly what we want in life is to think positively. Our thoughts have power, they direct our actions, and carve the way to our destiny. What we focus on we create, so if our thoughts are constantly negative, we are giving attention to the exact opposite of what we are trying to manifest in our lives. When we practice positive thinking, we turn our focus instead to the beneficial outcomes that we want to actualize.
What is positive thinking?
Positive Thinking in simple terms is focusing on the good in any given situation. It is when we focus on what is possible instead of what is in our way, or our obstacles. In other words, it is when we focus on the solution and not the problem – when we see what we want to happen instead of what we are afraid might happen.
Why is Positive Thinking Important?
Positive thinking helps you be the master of your own destiny. When you adopt a can-do attitude, you stop blaming others and take responsibility. It puts you in charge and helps you shift away from victim mentality into an empowered action taker.
Another benefit of being a positive thinker is that it unlocks your creativity as you are constantly focused on what is possible. This state of possibility allows for infinite ways to approach any given problem or difficult situation, giving you an opportunity to use your creative thinking skills to solve problems, create outcomes, and find new and interesting ways to approach everything in your life.
Lastly positive thinking also has many health benefits including:
- Longer life span
- Better overall health
- Low blood pressure or chance of heart disease
- Lower stress levels
- Less likely to get sick
- Better overall mental health – better mood, less depression, better coping skills
How do you become a positive thinker?
How often have we heard “don’t be so negative”, “have a positive attitude”, or “look on the bright side”, and yet we struggle to do just that.
We know it is in our best interest to think positive, but somehow it alludes us. We want to be a positive thinker because it feels good and it gives us hope about our future, but we can’t seem to get away from our fear of what might be lurking around the corner.
So then how do we master the art of positive thinking and become the optimist we always knew we could be?
Step One: Notice the voice in your head
- Judging/blaming yourself
- Predicting the worst-case scenario
- Focusing on what’s wrong, challenging, or negative
- Afraid of what might happen
If so, you are stuck in a loop of negative thinking. One of the best ways to counter negative thinking is to become aware of your negative chatter. Just this simple awareness gives you the opportunity to notice your behavior, pause, and redirect your thoughts.
Step Two: Re-Frame – Shift your perspective
Once you become aware of that negative response the best way to begin to implement positive thinking is to shift your perspective or re-frame how you see any given situation. To do this here are some following tips:
- Ask yourself what else could be true in the scenario you created
- Put yourself in someone else’s shoes
- Look for what is good about the situation
- Come up with 3 alternative positive ways you could see the situation
Step Three: Assume the universe will support you
So often we are convinced the universe is against us and that we are doomed to fail. If we can decide instead, that the universe is on our side, it helps us shift our perspective and realize that we have just as big of a chance of success as we do of failure. Tips for getting the Universe to support you:
o Imagine everyone you meet wants to say yes to you
o Notice what you are receiving and acknowledge it
o Count your successes
Step Four: State your desired outcome as if it has already happened
By putting yourself in the mindset that you have already achieved that which you are desiring you command that the world delivers exactly that.
o Affirmations quickly shift your mindset and help you see all that is possible for you.
o By assuming and claiming success it commands your subconscious to pay attention and counteracts negative conditioning and programming.
Step Five: Practice Gratitude
Gratitude might be the best way to immediately put you on the path to positive thinking. By simple focusing on what you already have that you are grateful for
o This quickly shifts your perspective
o Acknowledge everything you appreciate in your environment/day
If you are struggling just thinking about how you could do all this here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
o People have all the resources that they need to make the changes that they want.
o Possible in the world and possible for me is only a matter of how.
o Every behavior has a positive intention. Everyone is doing the best that they can with the resources they have available. Including you.
o There is no failure, only feedback.