Harnessing The Power of Positive Thinking
Everyone will have come across a friend, colleague or relative that has told them to try to “think positively” and everything will work out. Sometimes that advice is appreciated and met with an acknowledgment that they are right. And other times it is met with great resistance.
How we are thinking, positively or negatively, impacts the way we interact with others and the way we see the world. While it may seem like a modern new-age type of concept, even Einstein was an advocate for positive thinking, famously stating that:
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Thinking positively helps you to inject more cheer into your life. It can boost confidence and improve your mood.
Building Positivity into Your Life
Whether you are generally positive or feel as though you are quite negative, there are many small, simple actions that everyone can benefit from adding positivity to their life. Here are 7 ways you can harness the power of positive thinking.
Start the Day With Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations, repeating a phrase or statement every day, helps us to create our narrative about who we are. Phrases such as “I am confident”, “I am strong” work to program the way we think about ourselves, allowing us to go into our day with a little extra oomph. Science has backed this one since the 80s.
Focus on the Good Things, However Small
Remember when you first started your job, moved to a new area, or started your routine as a new parent? Everything was exciting and new, you saw it with fresh aw-filled eyes. When life becomes routine, we can forget that our days are filled with small positives. Whether it’s an exchange with a stranger, praise for your work, a free coffee on your coffee card, or a sweet bird on your fence – try to stop and think about just how special these experiences are.
Find Humour in Bad Situations
People miss trains, have misunderstandings and many other disappointing or bad situations. These will always happen, and the only thing we can change about them is how we respond. Whenever life doesn’t go the way you want it to, try to laugh it off. It could be a funny joke through your day, or the ongoing example of why the day sucked. You have the power to choose.
Turn Failures into Lessons
When children learn to walk, they fall hundreds of times in the process of mastering the action. This is how they learn. Life continues to be the same for us as adults. To learn, we must attempt and with our attempts will come some failure. Whenever something fails or does not work out, think of it as a lesson. Reflect on what you can take away for the next attempt.
Transform Negative Self-Talk into Positive Self-Talk
Negative self-talk is a toxic habit that many people inflict on themselves. “I am bad at…”, “I am not good enough for….”. This self-talk limits what we believe we are capable of, and it serves us no good. The first step to eliminating it is to recognise it. Try to notice whenever you think anything mean or unfriendly about yourself. Then think of your affirmations: “I am smart”, “I am confident”, “I am strong”. Gradually you can replace the negative self-talk with positive and transform your self-image.
Focus on the Present
Practicing mindfulness or trying to remain in the present moment, helps people to get more joy out of their daily lives, makes us more engaged with others and helps to see the positives in our lives. All elements that are proven to boost positivity.
Find Positive Friends, Mentors, and Co-Workers
The people you surround yourself with have a massive influence on how you see yourself and the world. Surrounding yourself with positive friends, mentors, and co-workers help you to program yourself to think the same positive way. Try to attend Meetups, find a group that inspires you, and work in an environment that makes you believe you can do anything.
Your work environment has a significant impact on how you see yourself and the positivity you’re able to radiate. If your work environment is not boosting your positivity, perhaps it’s time to talk to us about finding a place that will.