Tips on Positive Thinking

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Tips on Positive Thinking
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Many of us have been there… Stuck in that metaphorical (yet surprisingly realistic) dark place that swallows all joy and light from our world. It can often be seemingly impossible to find a way out of that deep, dark abyss. Thinking can be our best and worst friend. Tips on positive thinking are all over the place, but what’s worth knowing?

It may seem impossible to pull a positive moment out of certain situations, but sometimes the small (and often bypassed) moments are ones that matter the most. Maybe a metaphorical safety cord has been cut and you feel unsafe, unstable, lost, or abandoned. These feelings, when allowed to become chronic (or frequent), can hurt and hinder our overall growth. On the worst of days, it can be ridiculously difficult to find a single reason to smile or be thankful. But if you’re alive and can find anything to appreciate in this world at all, you have a reason.

On the worst of days, it can be ridiculously difficult to find a single reason to smile or be thankful. But if you’re alive and can find anything to appreciate in this world at all, you have a reason. That’s one majorly positive thing you have to hold onto.

One tip for battling negative thinking, self-doubt, and overall lack of happiness in life is being honest. You should be honest with yourself about your role in your current emotional situation. You have to acknowledge that you hold the power to either be beaten down or to take steps rise above from it. Being honest with ourselves isn’t easy, it’s essential. There are definitely outside contributing factors to consider, but we’re in control of whether we move forward or stay stuck in the mud.

In this generation, it isn’t abnormal for us to look at ourselves and question whether we’re “right” or not. We question our weight, our body, our job performance, the clothes we wear, practically everything about ourselves. All of these things inhibit us from thinking positively about ourselves and the world we surround ourselves in. It also isn’t abnormal to want to change these thoughts — and you can!

Limiting beliefs are thoughts that we or an outside influence impress on us that hinder us in some way. By allowing these thoughts to invade our minds, a chain reaction is set into action. We may then become crippled by these thoughts and feel unable to make decisions with a clear mind set. We are tempted to limit ourselves and keep the cycle of self-doubt in play, making the job of being a positive thinker more difficult.

Being human, we, if given half the chance, are highly inclined to choose the easy road. To a degree, when things are difficult, an easy out becomes irresistibly enticing. Sometimes the consequences of taking these paths may not be clear at first. Some of us that suffer from bi-polar disorders, anxiety, or other stress-related mental issues struggle with the decision to work or avoid responsibility (for fear of failure and such) daily. While there are medications that seem to alleviate some of these symptoms, there “demons” tend to linger. (The feelings of uncertainty, the fear of the thoughts finally choking off all your hope, and even the haunting stigma that there is something wrong with you).

Remember that these feelings are thoughts as well — and we can be in control of our thoughts, just as we can be in control of our actions!

The thought process behind training your brain to accept the concept of positive thinking is fairly simple. That doesn’t mean the path to making it a routine is. We must develop a dedication to our own improvement. An improvement we are happy with, not an improvement of ourselves for others.

You might be dealing with chronic negativity if you experience:

  • Unpleasant environmental and social interactions. You no longer think it’s fun to do anything… with anyone!
  • Poor perceptions of your surroundings and memories. You remember things fine, (or maybe you don’t) but things weren’t fine in those memories.
  • Sluggish functioning. Your brain isn’t moving as quickly as it probably once was, and your body probably isn’t, either.
  • The feeling that you’re not really “okay” and it seems to be normal, now. No further explanation necessary, but this can also be changed — even if you do happen to, unfortunately, suffer from depression.
  • You may be more inclined to believe that rejection (or other temporary setbacksis inevitable. It isn’t inevitable. You can change everything.

We always seem ready to punish ourselves for setbacks in our lives. While it doesn’t hurt to acknowledge that things didn’t go as we wanted (or needed) them to, we don’t need to become negatively obsessed like that. Punishment focuses on the past. Don’t we want to move forward?

Individuals that have a history of negative thoughts or limiting beliefs are eight times more likely to be depressed than someone that is optimistic by nature.

Some people are born with little metaphorical balls of sunshine inside. Some people are born with rainclouds above. Neither one has to be stuck in either state.

In teens and young adults, limiting beliefs can cause poor performance in school and work. (Coordination and decision-making skills are affected by negative energy). Those negative beliefs can further lower their self-esteem. Though they, and we, may be blindly preventing our positive potential from manifesting around us, they are also powerful enough to turn it all completely around.

Hope should never be lost. No matter how rough the waters are. Stem the tides of stress and worry that may be flooding through your veins right now.

There are many techniques and positive steps that you can take to make the situation better. Marvelous amounts of power lie within each and every one of us.

You are in control of what you hope for, what you do, and what you get. It doesn’t mean you can’t ask your higher being for help or have a relationship with one. But we do live our lives ourselves. We do think our own thoughts. We cannot control the thoughts of others. We may be able to influence them, but everyone thinks for themselves. We can choose to live dreams or nightmares!

By becoming dedicated to pushing negative energies out of your life (and your thoughts) and establishing more positive energies (internally and externally) you can see change quickly in your life.

  • When you make focusing on positivity a habit, it can dramatically improve your cognitive responses. You’re also more likely to remain focused (and alert) throughout your days.
    • Neurologists have found that nerves are stimulated and growth is promoted more often in the minds of optimists than pessimists.
      That increase in nerve conduction can help with perception and cognition.
  • You can eventually decrease your stress levels by making firm decisions and increase mental productivity by being able to quickly make good decisions on things that require more reflection.
  • Positive thinking can make it easier to be attentive to others when in conversation. You won’t be as likely to bail on that friend who’s been begging you to lunch!
  • If you work in a creative environment, positive thinking can drive this creativity to new exciting levels.
  • Positive thinking can lead to whole health: mental, physical, and spiritual.
  • There is always room for improvement with positive thinking. Not any one person is safe from the temptation to let negativity in. But each one of us is powerful enough to deny its entry.

There are countless tools and resources to help you make it over the rough patches… which we’re all bound to hit. That’s why we must keep going with our positive progress. Don’t like the heat? Find something you can do to enjoy it… like swim!

  • Encourage yourself through any of your small victories. Don’t expect others to make you feel good about yourself. Make yourself a milkshake if you did really well at work today!
  • Have the desire for and belief that the bad times will pass. 
    • Despite any missteps you may have, your thoughts and past and present deeds do not define you as a whole. Your ultimate goal in life does. That only matters to you.
  • Everyone has the gift of unique perception. Our own experience is singular to any other’s on the planet. We will never truly, completely know or be another person and that’s the most awesome gift we have. We have the complete freedom to be the completely unique creatures we truly are!
  • If you’re willing to dedicate yourself, you can do just about anything you could ever wish to.

Help Others When You Can

This is one of the most guaranteed-to-work ways to increase the levels of positivity in your life. Unless you haven’t yet healed from a negative, internal affliction, it should be easy to find random, kind things to do every day for people around you.

When you’re still hurting, you may be withdrawn and less likely to see the desire for attention or help in others. While you do need to heal yourself first, maybe helping someone while you help yourself isn’t a bad idea. If you’re not suffering from an addiction to a substance, and the person you have in mind to help won’t be a negative influence, try making new friends.

Oftentimes, people who heal together stay bonded forever. There are very few connections in this world that could compare to feeling broken and lifting another broken spirit. If this soul is a kind soul, they will usually return the favor. That’s the awesome power of positivity. It can be somewhat natural for some of us.

How could you help?

There is an infinite list of actions and words that could be spoken to help someone (or yourself)… but if you’re just looking for somewhere to begin, here are a few ideas of things you could do or say to make someone’s day.

  • Look in the mirror and tell yourself (or each other) how beautiful you are. Repeat this as many times as you wish, whether you believe it or not. Fun fact, the more we tell ourselves things, we more likely we are to believe them. So keep telling yourself this every day. You already are beautiful, but you’ll believe it one day (even if it takes a few years — believing is key in manifesting).
  • Listen to the song that makes it really hard for you NOT to dance. A song about sunshine. A song about listening to frogs croak and floating in a boat. Something happy that doesn’t have to make you think about anyone’s happiness and movement but your own!
  • Go out and do the thing you like. Negative thoughts coming to mind? Think about that cool bird that just flew by. Think about the color of the sky. Think about anything in the world other than something bad. Enjoy yourself in your favorite location, alone or not.
  • Smile at strangers. Doesn’t matter if they don’t smile back. Don’t wait for the return smile if you feel like they won’t return it. Just smile and continue forward. Smiles are contagious and that person will probably find themselves smirking a few moments later, anyway!
  • Hold the door for someone. If they’re unappreciative, oh well. You did that nice thing and something good is bound to happen, just be patient and not expectant.
  • Cook for that loved one who called or texted you, complaining about how they can’t move from the couch. Things like that should make you and that person feel better at the same time!
  • If you have nothing going on and don’t need some time off, pick up that extra shift that person desperately needs anyone to cover. Forget about getting a written IOU. You’ll pick up some extra cash and they’ll be peaceful since their shift is covered. It’s a win-win, right? Nothing past that matters too much.

Sure, these things might seem obvious. You can take things a lot further, as I mentioned before, though. This was just a starter kit for thinking and doing positive things! We hope you continue on the path to positivity, and if you do, you’ll definitely profit from it! Positive thoughts, positive actions, positive words. Forced or not, we’re on our way to manifesting a much more positive life!

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