Why think positive?
I’ve had times in my life – and definitely still have moments some days – when the command 'think positive' seems almost impossible.
Bad things happen or we get sucked down paths that don’t feel so good. Sometimes we’re convinced that life is never going to get any better – and we can get into really negative thinking spirals.
It can take a lot of effort to change our patterns and think positive.
And why even bother?
Whether it’s easy for you, or the hardest thing in the world, here are 4 reasons why it’s worth flipping your thinking more often:
1. You will enjoy life more.
Although I am a great believer in acknowledging and experiencing EVERY emotion (see my post Honour the Good, the Bad and the Ugly), there are some (happiness, gratitude, excitement etc) which are higher up the vibrational scale and just feel better. Positive thinking helps you to access these states and stay within them for longer.
2. You will be healthier.
More and more, scientific research is proving what many of us have suspected for a long time. That positive thinking protects you from illness and disease and helps you to heal faster.
3. You will attract great relationships.
Like attracts like, and, as you smile more and express optimism, hope and fun, that’s what you will get back from the people around you.
4. It will impact your job, career and wealth.
‘As you sow, so shall you reap’. Sow the seeds of positivity and watch how they grow into something mighty, benefitting yourself and the people you touch.
How to think positive?
Here are 7 tips and tricks to adopt a happier, more optimistic way of thinking:
1. Start the day with an Intention.
It can be as simple as: ‘Today is a new day. I am setting my GPS to thinking and feeling positive.’
Or try this complete Morning Intention Prayer from Dr. Joseph Murphy (in his book The Power of Your Subconscious Mind’.)
2. Move - your body & your energy.
Walk 20 minutes (or more) every day. Try yoga, swimming, running, dancing…whatever feels good. Whenever you have 3 minutes to spare use one of my BONUS ‘Qi Energy Moves & Positive Autosuggestion’ videos below:
3. Keep it simple.
Pick a 1 or 2 word Mantra. A concept like Wealth, Success, Health, Love, Prosperity etc. can be easier than ‘I am wealthy’ which can bring up negative back-talk. Practice catching your thoughts, especially worry, criticism, judgement, etc and replace with this word. Repeat often.
4. Mindset games.
Here are my 2 favourite mindset games –for dealing with negative thoughts and feelings around other people, and for coping with self-doubt.
1. For Whatever Reason.
When I'm feeling upset, envious, angry etc with someone else I say to myself:
'For whatever reason...I'm sending love and good wishes to this person. I hope they have a fabulous day, get some great news and are surrounded by people who love them.'
I continue until I feel better. Counterintuitive, I know, but it changes that relationship like magic.
2. No Matter What I Do.
When I feel self-doubt I say:
No Matter What I Do...' and complete the sentence.
For example: No matter what I do...I'm growing and improving my business. No matter what I do...I'm in the right place at the right time. No matter what I do...I am learning lessons and feeling great about that. No matter what I do... money and opportunities are showing up for me.' etc etc.
Once again, it feels expansive and frees me up to move forward with an open mind. 🙂
This gets easier and easier with practice – rewriting your negative thoughts and giving yourself a new perspective really helps to put a positive slant on things.
For example, when you catch yourself thinking about how hard you have to work, replace ‘hard work’ with ‘I’m taking inspired action and moving towards success.’
Instead of ‘It’s too late’, say to yourself, ‘This is the perfect moment for me’ etc.
6. Say ‘Thank you’.
Aim to say ‘Thank you’ out loud, or in your own mind, at least 20x a day.
When you’re having a drink, say thank you for the drink, for the person who provided it, for the money for you to afford it, for the water that went into it etc etc.
One of the best films I’ve ever seen for helping to feel grateful is ‘The boy who harnessed the wind’. I saw it on Netflix. (Thank you for Netflix!)
7. And finally, set an alarm.
On your phone, your device, wherever.
Because this Positive Thinking stuff won’t necessarily come naturally. I set it 3x a day to remind myself to apply these tips and tricks regularly.
So, what do you think?
- Is positive thinking worth the effort?
- Does it come easy for you or is it almost impossible at times?
- What kind of tricks do you use to stay positive even at the most trying times?