Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? I certainly do! Why? There has been lots of research done in this area and more is currently being done. Besides the technical side of research, I just know that I feel better when I focus on the positive.
Life is not all sunshine and roses. We all know that. Bad things happen to good people. We all have negativity that enters our life that, in many cases, we can’t do a lot about. But…it is our attitude about what happens in our life that we do have control over. A positive person anticipates happiness. We believe that even though obstacles will enter our life, we can overcome them.
Plan for Your Success
Positive people visualize themselves being successful, and they plan for their success. When I start a new day, I tell myself that it’s going to be a great day, and I’m going to accomplish my goals. I plan for my success. The night before, I decide what I will be wearing for work the following day. If I need to iron something, I can do that before going to sleep. Deciding what I will be having for lunch the night before and packing my lunch, saves time and effort the following morning. I also make a to-do list and have a plan for the items that I want to accomplish the next day at work and at home. I know that writing things down is essential to my success. Here are a couple printables that I like to use to help me stay on track.
Attitudes are Contagious
Have you ever been around people that are always complaining about something? I certainly have. Their negativity will bring you down if you let it. We are all affected by the people that surround us. This may happen subconsciously, but their attitude, words, emotions, and their body language may affect your mood and outlook on a variety of topics. Think about the people in your life that you love being around. My guess is that they are positive, happy souls! Being around them makes you feel happier and more positive. Surrounding yourself with kind, positive-thinking people allows their upbeat personality to rub off on you.
I don’t mean for this to sound rude, but it’s important to avoid those people who drag you down. Life is too short! I’m not talking about your friends or family members that are going though a tough experience and need someone to talk to. I’m referring to those people who are continually negative and never tend to see the bright side of anything. You’ve most likely run into them.
Thinking positively is a way of life. When you think positively, you anticipate that your life will be happy and successful. There are many ways to make positive thinking a habit in your life, and I’m addressing some simple ones that work for me.
- Keep a Gratitude Journal. Write in it every day or as often as you can. Think about what you are grateful for and write it down. “Today was a wonderful day. I am grateful for my health, and I am grateful to have a home. It is overwhelmingly sad to see all the pictures and videos of the Houston families whose homes have flooded due to Hurricane Harvey. They have lost so much, and I can’t image how hard it would be to go through that. I am grateful that I am able to donate to the Red Cross to help out.”
- Tell yourself that things will get better. Even when something negative happens in your life, tell yourself that this is temporary and you will feel better. I have lost both my mother and my father, and when I think about them every day, I remember the happy times. Choosing to NOT dwell on their illnesses and their pain during the end of their lives is something that helps me tremendously. Please know that this takes time. If someone close to you dies, you must allow yourself time to grieve. The process is different for everyone, so allow yourself time to work through the loss of a loved one. If things do not improve, please see a counselor or therapist. You wouldn’t hesitate to consult a doctor if you had diabetes, so don’t hesitate to find a professional for your mental/emotional health as well.
- Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. If you applied for a job and didn’t get it, think of what you learned from that experience. Focus on having had the experience of going through the interview. Think about what you could have done differently. Learn from your mistakes. Make a plan for your next interview.
Schedule Time for Yourself
Most adults tend to be pretty good at scheduling time for meetings at work, weekly events for their children, and other responsibilities around the house that they must do, but they are NOT so great at scheduling time for their self. This is particularly true for moms. You must also schedule time for yourself. In our busy, stressed-out lives, we tend to burn the candle at both ends. We give everything we have to our children, significant other, and our time at work, but we tend to leave ourself out. Be sure to allow yourself time to relax, play, read, go on a date-night, or just allow yourself to be still and meditate. Give yourself permission to enjoy being YOU! You can’t be everything to everybody. You definitely can’t be your best when you feel desperate on the inside.
The Power of Positive Thinking
The power of positive thinking is real. Visualize yourself becoming the person you dream of. Write down your goals and prepare a plan to achieve them. If you fail, pick yourself up and keep going. Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” It has also been written that Edison said, “I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!”
Healthy, happy people think about what they want out of life and plan how to get there. They don’t give up or quit! This is how you develop a positive-thinking attitude and lifestyle! Persevere and this attitude will become a habit!