“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” – Winston Churchill
There’s a reason you don’t read a lot of profiles of successful people who credit their negative outlook for helping them achieve their goals: It doesn’t happen. Negativity is like an anchor that holds us down and keeps us from accomplishment. A positive attitude on the other hand can help you navigate rough waters and reach your destination. Every great thing you do begins with belief – in yourself, your abilities, and your potential for success. That’s the true power of positive thinking. If you want to achieve more goals and experience more personal and professional success, here are six ways you can work to become a more positive person.
“Speaking for myself, I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else.” -Winston Churchill
You know the benefits of positive thinking. Now you’re ready to take the next step: Transforming yourself into a more positive thinker. I am daily learning how to be more positive. I am still learn but here are some practices helping me a positive person.
#1 - Meet with God Daily
Prioritize time with God. The truth shall set you free. Take time each and every day to clear your head. It will give you the opportunity to release your negative thoughts, worries, struggles and hang-ups, so you have more space in your mind for positive thinking. It will also reinvigorate you when you are having a rough day or are in a particularly negative situation.
#2 – Surround Yourself with Positive People
Both positive and negative people can influence your perception. Think about it. Everybody loves being around a positive person. They are invigorating and energizing. Negative people have the opposite effect on those around them. Everybody is drained and frustrated. Make it a point to spend more time – especially in your professional life – with people who have a positive outlook; who enjoy a challenge; who believe every problem has an ideal solution.
#3 – Absorb Encouraging Media
Subscribe to blogs, podcasts and websites of people or organizations issuing content that fuels your passions. Much like negative people, negative information can wear on you and bring you down. And let’s face it, the Internet isn’t exactly a den of positivity – there’s a lot more negative info out there. That’s why you have to do some work. You have to seek out positive sources and consume the majority of your information from them. This will keep you tuned in to the positive and affirm your optimism.
#4 - Control Your Thinking
Thoughts lead to actions. Actions lead to results. Not happy with negative results? Check your thoughts. Take an honest assessment of your thought process. When a new job or challenge arises, are you immediately excited and passionate about tackling it? Or do you begin to gripe about the work and time required? If you skew toward the negative, you need to acknowledge that and make a change. Over time, you can train your mind to focus first and foremost on the positive aspects of any situation.
#5 – Exercise Regularly
Make physical activity a priority. Scientific data has proven exercising helps with attitude and thinking. Try to schedule 3-5 exercise sessions each week. This will help you expel stress and negativity, gain more energy and sleep better. All those things will lead to an increase in positive thinking. But while you should try to participate in regular exercise sessions, don’t beat yourself up if you miss one. The point of exercise is to enhance positivity – not add another negative.
#6 - Consume High Energy Foods
How your body feels has a direct effect on how you think. Treat your body well. Give it the fuel it needs to run properly. Avoid the “three white killers” – salt, sugar and flower. Eat gluten, grain and dairy-free products. Fuel your body five times a day by eating short meals every three hours. You will be amazed at the difference you experience in both body and mind.
Don’t let negativity hold you back in your professional or personal life. Take control of your mind, and work to make positivity a priority. The whole world can open up in front of you when you shine a positive light on all the opportunities surrounding you.
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill
How do you stay positive in your daily routine?