This week for the Aspire & Inspire team we were asked to blog about positive thinking or Play Doh. I chose to blog about positive thinking.
The power of positive thinking is absolutely astounding. Medical research confirms that a positive attitude works wonders at fighting disease and ailments, from the common cold to cancer. People with an "I think I can" attitude, are far more likely to succeed at work, and in accomplishing every goal they set in life.
Do you think you have a positive attitude? How do you keep a positive attitude when people around you are not positive.
I'd say that 99% of the time I am a positive thinker. I feel that if you are sick or if you need to overcome an obstacle like getting a promotion or losing weight or getting a job you want, you can achieve your goal or desire. I also feel that if you don't get the job you wanted or you didn't get a promotion or whatever else there is a reason for it. It may not be apparent at the moment but in time it will become apparent. Maybe you got passed up for that promotion only to get a better promotion later or maybe it's time to look for a better job. If you didn't get the job you wanted then a better job will come along.
A good example of positive thinking is me going back to college to get a degree in Art. Then, I found out that one of the classes I could take that didn't have a prerequisite like English Composition I or something else was Drawing I. Like I said in my Drawing blog, I've never been one to just sit down and doodle or just draw. I've attempted to draw people in the past and was not good at it so I assumed I wasn't good at drawing. I went into the class though expecting that I'd either learn to draw or that I was actually better at drawing than I expected. Now if I had gone into the class expecting to suck at drawing and not being able to draw anything worthwhile, I think I'd probably be dropping out of the class by now. Since I anticipated having good results from the class I believe I am getting the results I wanted.
My mom can be a pretty negative person. Even though I love my mom, I can't spend too much time with her because she'll just bring me down. Not long ago I told her about something I did that made me really happy and all she did was dump all over it. That is why I haven't told her that I've gone back to college and that I'm going for a degree in Art. I'm not sure how she'll react so it's better if I just don't say anything to her about it at all. I'm doing something that makes me happy and I don't want to take the chance that she'll dump all over it and make me doubt myself. I try not to spend much time around her for that reason.
My FIL listens to people who have all of these conspiracy theories. He gets happy when people he doesn't know, people he thinks are heathens (even though he doesn't know them) are doing poorly. He lives in an area of the country where education is a very low priority and they come up with all kinds of conspiracy theories. There were times when he'd come over to our house, when we lived in Missouri, and we'd try to talk to him but everything that came out of his mouth was negative. I would finally get tired of hearing it and just go into the other room. We'd try to change the subject to something happier but even then he would just be full of negativity. I love my FIL; he's a good person and loves his family. The negativity can drive me crazy though.
I'm not saying I'm positive all of the time because I'm not. I'm human and I have times when I'd down, especially on myself. Those times don't usually last long but they do happen from time to time.
Here are some things you can do to think more positively...
1. Avoid negative self talk - If you think you can't and tell yourself you can't then you can't! If a friend talked to you negatively all the time you wouldn't want to be around them. So, don't talk negatively to yourself...you are listening!
2. Talk to yourself the way you should - When you talk to yourself be sure to say nice things. Give your subconscious mind the right “instructions” to help you achieve any goal.
3. Assume a positive belief system - Thoughts create your reality. And your thoughts are a result of your beliefs. Ask yourself a serious question: are your beliefs helping you, or hurting you? If your beliefs don’t allow you to create the life you want to live, it’s time to make an upgrade.
4. Think your way to success - People who are successful tend to predominantly have thoughts of optimism for health, wealth, and abundance. You can choose whether you’ll learn and grow from events that happen in your life, or whether you’ll act the victim. I don't know about you but I choose to be happy and not be the play the roll of the victim.
5. Say "yes" - Good things happen when you begin to say “yes” to life. You become more energetic. You enjoy life more. You take more risks, which means you grow faster. Saying “yes” to life allows you to live to your potential and enjoy the journey at the same time.
If you ever get a chance to read any of Eckhart Tolle's books I highly recommend them!
6. Grow your expectations - If you don’t expect great things to happen in your life, you won’t recognize them when they do. Part of this means that you need to believe that your happiest days are ahead of you, not behind you. Until you assume this belief, your life won’t be as filled with joy, success, and happiness as it could.
7. Take daily actions toward your goals - Success is attained through a few simple behaviors that you repeat daily. Nothing more, nothing less. When you think of any successful, happy, or healthy person, you’ll realize that the person has done specific things consistently in order to reach that level of success.
Don’t make things more complicated than they should be as you build your life; do something each day that will get you to where you want to be, and then keep at it until you get it.
8. Get rid of your mental baggage - Everyone carries around mental baggage. But the happiest, most successful people can replace the “junk” with positive thinking. It’s a never-ending cycle, but required if you want to be optimistic and live well.
9. Dream big, think big, act big - Lots of people settle for an average life. If that’s what you truly want, that’s great. But most people want more. Determine what you want to do with your life, and use the power of positive thinking to get it. It’s as simple as that.
Most people have played or heard of the video game called Angry Birds. Did you know that the people who made that had 51 unsuccessful games before they hit the jackpot?! Most games take more than a year to make!! Think about that the next time you feel like giving up!