The habit of positive thinking is something that many of us have to work at. It just seems to take less effort and it is more natural to have a negative mindset. However, in order for a person to be happy and successful, they must be optimistic and have a positive mental attitude. Here are some tips that will help you cultivate that positive thinking habit and become the person you know you can be.
Take Care of The Body
The mind and body work together. They are separate parts of your being working together as a whole person. If you want your mind to be positive, then it would be greatly beneficial if the body is healthy and functioning at maximum capacity also.
Get enough rest. Get, at the very least, 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. You will be rested, refreshed, and energized. Your mind will be much clearer, also.
Good nutrition is absolutely essential if you want a healthy mind and body. More vegetables and fruit in your diet will accelerate energy levels and flush out toxins. Physical exercise such as walking, jogging, or aerobics keep the heart healthy and clears the mind. Yoga is also an excellent exercise to help your body stretch, improve flexibility, and even decrease body aches and tension.
Take Care of The Mind
Nutrition is also a valid concern when whipping your mind into shape. The human brain is a small organ that weighs about 3 pounds yet it uses up to 30% of your daily caloric intake. The brain is burning calories even when you are sleeping. Breakfast is the only way to nutritionally revitalize your mind and mood when you wake up. Good carbohydrates such as oatmeal or whole grain cereals are excellent choices to keep your mind fed and happy.
Meditation is also beneficial to helping the mind remain focused. In meditation you will clear your mind of all thought concentrating on nothing except your breathing. When thoughts enter your mind during mediation and they certainly will, you acknowledge them and allow them to pass through. You do not hold on to or dwell on any conscious thought. If you are new to meditation, try a guided meditation first. This will get you accustomed to the feel and sense of clearing your mind. When your are able to think more clearly, you will be better able to focus on your goals and those things that are most important to you.
This is a basic key to positive thinking. Every positive thinking teacher or coach will tell you to use affirmations. Affirmations are short sentences or blurbs that you repeat to yourself, either silently or aloud. We learn by repetition. Repeating positive statements every day, many times a day, causes our minds to begin to believe in the positive. There are many positive affirmations available for you to use. You can and should customize positive affirmations to your unique situation.
Positive Thinking Discipline
Positive thinking, in order to be effectual, must be practiced each and every day. It should become a habit just like taking a shower or exercise. When you wake up in the morning have a positive affirmation at the ready to say to yourself before your feet hit the floor. Always be mindful of negative influences and thoughts and immediately dispel them by replacing those negatives with a positive or even two or three positives.
This is a profound way to keep yourself positive. You have probably heard the saying, ‘Love isn’t love until you give it away.’ Well, the same holds true with positive thinking. When you begin to actively seek out opportunities to encourage and uplift others, it comes back to you. This is sometimes referred to as karma. Karma operates on the idea that what goes around comes around.
Take time to sit quietly and get a mental picture of your dream/goal. See yourself where you want to be. See and feel the details; is it sunny and warm or cool? What colors do you see? Settle this imagine firmly in your mind so that when the daily grind begins to push you to the negative, you can call this image back to mind. Focus on it for as long as you can. This will help kick your positive thinking back into gear. Vision boards will also help you to focus on your goals. A vision board, in the simplest terms, is a board with pictures and words that help you see the realization of your goal.
Laugh Yourself Into Positive Thinking Mode
Humor is an exceptionally effective tool in putting your mind back on the positive wavelength. It is virtually, if not absolutely, impossible to stay in a negative mind frame when you are laughing. Watch a comedy or bring your thoughts to some time or person or place that brings you joy.
Surround Yourself With Other Positive Thinkers
Optimism is contagious. When you are around others who think positively and have a good outlook for the future, it spreads to you. You will be encouraged and uplifted by being around those who can and will support your own optimism. Stay away from negative influences as much as possible.
Emulate Those Who Have Already Achieved
No matter what your dreams or goals are, there is probably someone out there who has already achieved the success that you are aiming for. Read their success stories. Study that person. Find out the steps they took, the path they chose to get them to the desired result. You will find that they, too, practiced positive thinking even through the set backs. Do what they did and take the same steps.
Positive thinking discipline takes effort. If it is success in your career or harmony in relationships or even more money that you desire, the effort will be well spent. There are no negative people out there who can truly claim to be happy. This is your chance to achieve the happiness that you so richly deserve. You can do this through the power of positive thinking.