There are some simple ways to harness the power of positive thinking, which will enable you to live each day to the fullest. We have a natural tendency to hang onto those negative thoughts. It's just the way we were built, I'm afraid. But dwelling on them constantly can be a dangerous game to play as it just breeds more negativity and drains your natural energy resources. It can be hard to remain positive all the time, but there are some simple things you can do to help you to think positively every day and benefit from the power of positive thinking.
1. Slow Right down
We live in a 24 hour society where we can often feel guilty for 'switching off.' With emails available direct to your phone and ready meals that can be thrown in the oven and allow you more time to work, we can feel guilty for not having some down time but it's exactly what we need for our well-being and to help stay positive. When you're always on the go, it can be hard to think positively. Something as simple as getting up fifteen minutes earlier, for example, will allow you to have more essential ME time to meditate, read or just concentrate on wonderful you. Making time for you will enable you to harness the power of positive thinking as you'll be able to reflect on everything that is important to you and makes you happy.
2. Inspirational Reading
Read a couple of pages of an inspirational book each day. If you don't have an inspirational book to turn to, then buy one. There are so many to choose from and of course, it depends on what exactly inspires you. Is it triumph over adversity? Is it the tale of an Olympic athlete and the ways in which they have persevered and ultimately achieved their goals through hard work and determination? Whatever it is, spend some time remembering the importance of staying positive and keeping your eye on the 'prize.'
3. Visualize to Materialize
Vision boards are a great tool. They can enable you to stay positive and serve as a reminder of what is important in your life. Populate your vision board with positive images of you, your goals and where you want to be. Also, make sure there are positive words and phrases on there for you to chant in your head when the negativity starts niggling.
4. Shiny Happy People
People who are down and gloomy can swiftly bring you down. If you're around someone who is constantly talking about how bad things are, it can really start to have an effect on you. But only if you let it. Avoid them or at least limit your time with them and surround yourself with people who think positively and will lift your spirits. If your gloomy sidekick is a work colleague you really can't avoid, remember not to take it personally and that their negativity can only get to you if you let it.
5. Good News
Try to minimize the amount of news you read. This can be difficult if, like me, you like to know what's going on in the world and want to keep up with current affairs. I know it's important to know about what is happening around the world as it can also help us appreciate how lucky we are, but sometimes too much news feed can leave you bloated with negativity and pessimism.
6. Helping Hand
Helping others is a great way to feel positive as you will feel needed and worthwhile as a consequence. Perhaps volunteer for an organization which you feel passionate about or organize events in which you can raise some money for a good cause. This will lift your spirits and bring more positivity right back into your life.
7. Switch off when You Clock off
Picture this: You get home from work and are still reeling from that conversation you had with a colleague which just annoyed you. It swims around in your head as you continue to replay the conversation over and over in your head, each time getting just that little bit more agitated. Sound familiar? Try to switch gears mentally when you get home from work. Leave work at work and think about the fact that whatever pressing issue was annoying you, you can deal with it tomorrow. It can wait! Focus on family, your friends, that hobby you love to do or whatever it is that keeps you sane.
One of my favorite quotes which really encapsulates the need to think positively is by Art Buchwald. He says "Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." So true. Life's too short to be glum! What do you do to remain positive in life?