WHAT WE THINK, WE BECOME.
Positive thinking is an emotional and mental attitude that focuses on the good and expects results that will benefit you. It’s about anticipating happiness, health and success.
Obviously just thinking the good thought won't change the world. However, research shows that positive thinking really does have a scientific basis. You can’t change the world, but you can change how you perceive it and how you react to it. And that can change the way that you feel about yourself and others, which can in turn have a huge effect on your well-being and success.
Your thoughts affect your actions. Your actions, in turn, translate into whether or not you succeed in your field, as well as influence the quality of your personal relationships and how you view the world at large.
"Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny."
Do you want to learn how to think positive?
The first step is realizing it’s all up to you. When you become the master of your emotions, you can always determine your mindset regardless of outside influences. You take responsibility for how you think, act and feel. Hold yourself accountable for your life. You can train your mind as you can train your muscles.
How do you keep your mind positive?
Keeping your mind positive is a series of actions you take every day. It doesn’t always come easily, but experiencing the power of positive thinking in your life is worth it. One significant habit is to start your day with a routine, take the time to plan your day and start with meditation and visualization to define your goals. This will set the tone for your day and puts you in the right mindset.
Have you noticed that when you’re having a bad day, your body language shows it? You have a bad posture, you slouch in your chair, you have a hard time making eye contact with others and do things like cross your arms when you’re feeling uncomfortable. Positive thinking is as much about your body as it is about your brain. Take care of your physiology by taking pride in how you present yourself. Your posture gives those around you non verbal signals. Try to hold your body in a power pose, this will support your positivity.
Work on your mindset and try to see the positive in the negative. Your mindset governs what thoughts flow through your head and how you feel and react to each one. If you choose to focus on what’s bothering you, it will begin to negatively impact your life. You’ll also attract more negative situations – people won’t be friendly to you when you’re grumpy and hostile. By consciously choosing to focus on positive moments in your life, you’ll begin to reframe your thoughts, cultivating a mindset that is grateful and open rather than negative and closed off.
Think about your habits and patterns, do your thoughts take you to a dark place? Do you often find yourself caught in a negative spiral of self-doubt? To be able to identify your habits and patterns, you have to be aware of them, once you understand them you can start to replace them with positive ones that support you instead of sabotaging you. Rather than getting swept up in a pattern of negative thoughts, you refocus your energy and develop empowering habits.
Choose your words carefully, the words you choose, talking to others and to yourself, have a deep impact on your mindset. The words you choose in conversation affect how others respond to you. Becoming aware of your internal dialogue and your pattern enables you to stop unhelpful self-talk and to change it. Like any other mental exercise or practice, it takes time to learn how to listen to, and then control, your internal dialogue. At first, you will probably find it difficult. The more you practise, however, the easier it will get.
Awareness is key, if you are struggling to observe your words, thoughts and patterns, you might want to train your mindfulness. Five to ten minutes of daily meditation is already enough to sharpen your awareness. Once you’ve recognized these thoughts and patterns, you can replace them with positive habits and words. If you find yourself spiraling into a thought pattern of worry and anxiety, ask yourself: What is this emotion really telling me? What am I really afraid of? The answers to this may reveal fields where you have emotional blockages or limiting beliefs that hinder you in your personal development.
Create awareness and think about your thoughts, emotions, actions and habits - it might change the way you perceive your life completely. Want to learn more?
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