Attitude Makes The Difference, Be Positive!
by Al Smith
I am sorry this article is so long, just bear with me because the material is so important to digest. For beginning goal setters, thought is crucial to their success.
You could literally change your life overnight just by changing the way you think, and your attitude so you see more things in a positive light. That is the power of positive thinking.
But most people think negatively – it seems to be human nature to always try to out-guess the worst thing that could happen and it often seems that even when things are going good there is someone around to put a negative spin on your success.
Thinking positively involves being optimistic, or positive, even in the most dire situations. If you think about it, no matter how bad things seem to you there is probably someone much worse off and you have many things to be thankful for no matter what situation you’re in.
If you are thinking about all the good stuff, then you can’t possibly be thinking about the bad stuff . . . Your mind can only hold one thought at a time, why not make it a positive thought?
Positive thinking doesn’t only have to do with bad situations it has to do with your everyday thought process.
Since positive thinking is not something that many are used to doing, you might have to retrain your brain to always think positively. The next time you’re in a conversation, or situation arises think about your attitude towards it. Catch your thought patterns.
Are you picking out the negative things and focusing on those? If so you need to ignore the negative and focus on the positive. This takes a little bit of work at first, you’ll soon find that it gets easier and easier to focus on the positive aspects of any situation.
Amazing things can happen when you practice positive thinking. The first thing you will notice is that you become much happier. Of course, this stands to reason as negative thinking can be a real downer. You can really get depressed if you think of all the negative stuff. On the other hand, positive thinking makes you joyful and happy.
The other thing you might notice is that the people around you will react in a positive way to your positive thinking. You might notice people around to being happier and you might even notice them treating you differently.
People that were rude to you before might start being polite and even happy in your presence. You might even notice things turn in your favor more often and that people are happy to help you out or go along with your ideas.
Many people who focus on positive thinking often find that their lives are made much better for it and that once they start thinking in a positive way, more positive things happen to them.
This is what some people might call the “Law Of Attraction” and others might call “Karma” and is basically the theory that whatever you focus on you get back, or simply put – what goes around comes around.
If you focus on negative and bad things that is what you’ll experience in your life, but if you focus on positive and happy things your life will be full of positive and happy events. It just stands to reason that positive thought brings about positive emotions.
So how can you implement positive thinking in your life? Here are some tips that can help you turn into a positive thinker:
1. Banish Negative Thoughts - negative thoughts are the enemy of the positive thinker so you need to get them out of your mind as soon as you feel one popping in. In order to do that you need to really be aware of your thoughts.
Some people don’t even realize the difference between negative and positive thought but one way to tell for sure is to figure out how the thought makes you feel.
If thinking a particular thought makes you feel anxious and depressed than this is a negative thought. Try to replace it with a thought that makes you feel happy and uplifted.
2. Protect Yourself From Negative Thinking People – there will always be people who think negatively and you’re probably going to be exposed to them quite often. But you cannot let their negative thinking affect you.
Don’t let them drag you down into the habit of thinking negatively. If you can, disassociate yourself from people who are negative thinkers. If you can’t disassociate yourself from them, visualize happy thoughts even when they are talking in the negative.
3. Practice Changing From Negative To Positive Thoughts – you’ll probably find yourself being caught up in negative talk. Over time you will be able to catch yourself sooner and sooner and start to replace your negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
One thing you can do is practice positive thinking. This can be done in any situation - while you are washing the dishes, driving in the car or taking a walk. Look around you and think of all the positive things about what you are doing.
Isn’t it great that you have running water to wash your dishes with? How wonderful that you have a warm home in the kitchen. When you are outside there many positive things you can think about – the beauty of nature, the wonderful sound of the birds.
Practicing positive thinking even in these normal everyday situations will help to train your brain to think positively and pick out the good things in every situation.
4. Words Are Powerful – words are very powerful, so you want to always use positive words. Avoid words like don’t and can’t. Use positive words when you’re talking others and also when you are having self conversations or thoughts.
5. Feel Positive - trying to pay attention to the way you feel. If you are feeling down, it’s not easy to be positive. But by thinking happy and positive thoughts you can lift yourself up and start to feel happy. Feeling happy every day will help you be more positive.
Positive thinking is a huge tool for you to use for your self improvement. If you think positively, you can achieve just about any goal you want because positive thinkers rarely give up. Implementing a positive attitude in your life will help you have a happier and more successful life.
Start with at least one of the above and bring more positive thoughts into your life today. Your life will change!
Attitude Makes The Difference, Be Positive!