It seems whenever we are faced with uncertainties, such as a troubling or challenging situation, or anticipating the fate or result of something, we find ourselves mentally convincing ourselves that “everything is going to be alright”... “it will turn out fine”. This is the inherent power of positive or optimistic thinking – the mental attitude that expects good and favourable results. We hear about it and read about it because it is a concept that has a very high view of human nature and ability.
If you believe that our circumstances and conditions are not dictated by the world outside, then you know that you have the innate ability to create or alter reality to your choosing. This is done by creating positive thoughts, which in turn creates and focusses energy into reality.
Being or becoming an optimist is by choice. For one thing, no one is really a natural pessimist. We choose what we want to think about so our attitude is 100% changeable.
Positive thinking is an important life tool and it can be extremely beneficial for anyone who is hoping to achieve their goals. Here are 11 simple steps to help you get into the habit of having a positive state of mind:
Question it – Is it really your problem? Could you be taking responsibility for something that is not yours?
Talk it out – Share it with someone else. Friends, family, colleagues, etc.
Write it down then throw it out – Put your worries down on paper and then throw it away.
Breathe it away – Inhale... exhale. Do some breathing exercises for a few minutes a day.
Hold it – Say “Stop”, pause and steady your thoughts. Sometimes just doing this consciously will help bring back the positive thinking!
Work it off – Do something physical to give your stress and tension an outlet.
Distance it – Imagine your problem a few years from now. How much will it matter to you then?
Balance it – Find a good side, not just a bad. What can you possibly learn from this situation? Perhaps you have strength you never imagined!
Exaggerate it – Picture the worst that can really happen. How likely is it?
Shrug it off – Raise your shoulders, and then drop them. Repeat. Relax your whole body. Guided relaxation tapes are a good habit to get into, to help your body know how to feel relaxed.
Laugh it off – Look for some humour in the situation and have a good laugh!