We are told over and over that a positive attitude is vital on our journey to success. Sometimes it is hard to maintain such a mindset. So, here’s the question of the day: Can we learn how to build a positive attitude?
Yes, we can. However, it is important to know that just because we are working on developing positivity, we should not simply ignore and bottle up negative emotions. They need to be recognized and expressed. If a member of your family dies of the coronavirus, you don’t just hide your feelings of grief. Express them and then work on ways to return to a more positive place.
Here is a definition: What is a positive mindset or positive attitude? According to Remez Sasson, “positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results.” We need to make positive thinking a habit and always look for the silver lining in any cloud in our sky.
Though you can’t always be happy in every situation, you can increase the control you have over your own attitude. Don’t ignore all the negative, but learn to incorporate both positive and negative in your outlook and choose to be generally optimistic.
There are a number of techniques you can practice to develop positive attitudes, leading to a positive mindset. This will help you move toward your goals. First of all, you can develop habits to keep you on the positive track. It’s very important to try to move away from negative beliefs and behaviors.
Do you start your day with some kind of positive affirmation? One good way to do this activity is to talk to yourself in the mirror. Say things like “today will be a good day” or “I’ll have an awesome day today.” Such positive statements can greatly improve your day.
Find Good Things To Focus On
It’s true that almost any day has its ups and downs. When you hit a low spot, focus on what is good about your situation. For example, if you are stuck in the waiting room of the Division of Motor Vehicles, be comforted by the fact that once you have endured your wait, you won’t have to go through this particular negative situation again for a long time. Be glad you are taking care of it.
Turn Your Negative Self-Talk Around And Make It Positive
This one is not always easy, so be vigilant. When you think a negative thought, try to catch it immediately and turn it into something positive. You might turn “I can’t do this” into “Once I get more practice, I’ll be much better.” Instead of “I’m no good as a writer,” change that thought to “The more I write, the better I will become.”
After all, you are in control of your attitude. It is your interpretation of an event that makes it bad or good, so if you choose to see things in a positive light, you will be much better able to avoid any negative consequences in your life.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Yes, we all make them. It’s not the end of the world when we do. Don’t focus on your failure. Instead, think about what you will do next time to have a better outcome. You may find that the failure and your subsequent decision of what to do next time will lead you in a much better direction.
Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
The people you associate with are very important. Do your best to steer away from those who criticize or ridicule what you are doing. Instead, find people who will uplift and encourage you. That’s why our Wealthy Affiliate community is so great — they are supportive, affirmative, and downright helpful.
Stay Away From What Ifs
These are speculation, not fact. Stay in your present moment. Don’t dwell on a recent negative event. Don’t imagine future negative events. Just stay in the present, and make the present moment a positive one if you can.
Start A Gratitude Journal
You can write in it morning or evening. Write down five things every day that you can be grateful for. I like to do mine at night. Then I can go back over my day and remember the good things that happened that I am grateful for.
Focusing on the good parts of the day tends to unhook us from clinging to negative belief. Science has shown that gratitude can do a number of good things for you — increase happiness and help eliminate stress, negativity, anxiety and depression. If you can find a way to smile, even during the darkest times, you will help lighten the situation. Also, find a way to make someone else smile. Offer constructive criticism, but also find out how to lighten the situation.
Remember that often laughter is the best medicine, so put that humor to good use.
The Benefits Of Developing A Positive Attitude
You may improve your business, but you can also build your health. It is said that cultivating the positive can improve your overall health, give you better ability to cope with stress as well as giving you a greater sense of well-being.
The Mayo Clinic says that positive thinking can increase your lifespan, reduce levels of stress and depression, give you greater resistance to the common cold, help make your heart stronger, and allow you to build up better coping skills in challenging times.
An idea: Watch a humorous video, as by doing so you can generate positive emotions.
Eat a healthy diet; listen to your favorite music; be nice to yourself, and remember to breathe deeply.
Besides A Gratitude Journal, Keep A Positive Journal
In this one, you examine your day and make it a point to recognize all your positive experiences during that time period, whether large or small.
Then you can write down three positive things each day for seven days. If you find the exercise helpful, continue it.
Why You Need To Focus On Your Breath
The breath is connected to the emotions. Pay attention to it and you will find that it changes depending on how you feel. You can also change how you feel by changing the way you breathe. Breathe deeply and relax — don’t you immediately feel a bit better?
Make yourself a little list of the things you need to do to improve each day. Keep it close at hand and remind yourself of these things as you move through your day. Memorize the list until you follow it automatically.
Work at being positive until it becomes a habit. You will find your road becomes smoother as you continue your journey. Keep your focus on where you are going and don’t get caught in the mud of negativity. Believe that all will be well in the end.
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