Today, I want to talk to you about your emotions and having a positive mindset. This is important because we can change how we look at the world through our thoughts and emotions. You can’t control situations and people, but you are in charge of your own positive attitude and how you let them affect you! Learn to develop a positive mindset so you can veto negative thoughts, and improve your emotions. Keep reading for our three simple steps to a more positive mindset!
Develop Positive Mindset in 3 Simple Ways
The reason why having positive thoughts and positive emotions is important is because life doesn’t happen out there. It happens in here. So, to the degree that we can control our thoughts (that is, our emotions), we can control the whole world around us.
The truth is, people can take everything you have away from you. But, they can never take away your ability to react to what is happening around you. That exists completely within your head.
There are people who are anxious, maybe even depressed, and they can be in the same situation as you. You’re feeling great, and they’re feeling crummy. That’s another example of how life happens in your head.
Staying in the positive zone means staying in a place of a general sense of achievement and happiness. Why is this important? First of all, we all want to be happy. And second, when we’re happy, we have the ability to do more and to achieve better things faster. That makes sense, right?
1. Cultivate A Positive Outlook in Life
So, the first and most important thing is to wake up and be aware of the good things that happen in your day. Consciously practice optimism. The problem is, all human beings have a tendency to not care about the good things that happened during the day, especially if they happen regularly. They’re more focused on the things that didn’t work. But at the end of the day, isn’t life really about all things that work and things that don’t work?
The idea of acknowledging and recording gratitude, and turning that into a habit, can change your entire life. Trust me on this. The way you do it is so simple: the last thing before you go to bed at night, pull out a journal and write by hand three things that happened that day. These are things that you’re grateful for.
On a horribly crummy day where terrible things have happened, you may have to dig to find three things. You may not even 100% believe the things you write down. But, you can always find something that was positive.
Once you’ve written those things down, put next to each why it was positive. Then you read those back, along with the ones from the previous day. That’s it!
The Power of Positive Thinking
And what happens is that while you are sleeping, your whole mind begins to realize, readjust, and rewire itself with the fact that you live in a world where good things happen every day. It’s called neuroplasticity.
Without you even realizing it, your mind is going to start focusing on good things as they happen. Some of these are so small, you may not otherwise acknowledge them. Yet they are incredibly important, so this gratitude principle goes a long way to keep you in a positive emotional state.
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2. Focus on Positive Affirmations and Have a Growth Mindset
The second has to do with what is called the Gap. The Gap concept is very simple — when you achieve something, there are two ways that you can look at it. You can either look up to all the things you haven’t accomplished, or you can look back down and say, “Look I’ve made progress.”
You can measure that progress, acknowledge it, and at least in a tiny way, celebrate it — even if it’s only patting yourself on the back. The Gap is the distance between how far you’ve come and your ultimate goal, whatever it may be. For example, you did well on the test but you want an A in the class. Whatever is between those is called the Gap.
The Effect of Negative Thinking
If you only look up and say, “Oh, but I’ve got so far to go. Look at the Gap to where I want to be!” Then no matter what you achieve, you’ll always feel a sense of lack of accomplishment or frustration. The funny thing is that as you get closer to your goals, they move farther away. This is because you set yourself bigger goals.
This can be a lifelong chronic problem if you’re not careful.
The Effect of Positive Thinking
But what happens if every time you achieve something, you look back, measure your progress, and acknowledge it? Then you are in a completely different state all the time. That state allows you more energy, more creativity, and the ability to move forward faster.
Success begets success — the fact that you’re feeling this way makes you feel that way more. Then the next thing you know, you have this virtuous circle where it just keeps getting more and more positive. The key is, you’ve got to be conscious of that.
Again once a day or once every other day, you sit down and think, “What have I achieved that’s positive, and where did I come from?” You measure that and say, “Wow, look! I was here, and now I’m here. That’s awesome!” You make a little note about it. Then, again you look back and read a few of what you’ve done in the past.
3. Have a Positive Mindset
Between these two techniques, you are always in a positive zone. Simply because you see the positive things that happen to you every day, which most people don’t acknowledge. It’s huge — it can change your whole life, guaranteed, and not only today but for the rest of your life.
You’ll always be the person who’s got energy, vision, and who is always in a good place. People will be attracted to you, like how you’re always attracted to those who have positive energies about them. You’ll be that person. You can achieve it.
Even if you’re not always in a good place, or you’re lower than low, or you were born to someone who often worries and sees the bad side, you can change that. If you don’t believe me, just try it. What have you got to lose? Nothing. You’ll be amazed and stunned at how something so simple can have such a big effect. So, I hope that you will go for it because I wish only happiness and success for you. And to do that you have to start by taking charge of your positive mindset.
Does it seem easier to focus on the negative than have a positive mindset? Watch this video from TEDx Talks to find out how to get unstuck from a negative mindset:
Now you know how to develop a positive mindset that will allow you to achieve better things faster. Take to heart what we talked about and turn them into your own habits. Cultivate a positive outlook on life, affirm your achievements, and focus on your growth. Sticking to negative thoughts means you’re taking the easy way. So, always be conscious of making an effort to practice a positive mindset!
Why do you find it challenging to switch from a negative to a positive state of mind? How can you overcome it? Share your insights with us in the comments section below!