Yes, it is possible to change your life by being a positive thinker!
The positive thinking skills we need to form if we aren’t already using them will help us be a positive person which will also help us to be happier and more energetic! It may seem difficult at first, but it is not impossible. It’s actually as simple as developing a new habit. I learned about positive thinking being a big game changer in my life soon after I was married. I felt overwhelmed and on the edge of depression until I read about how to change my thinking.
I like the photo above because, to me, the tiny island represents how something that looks like it could sink or topple over any minute is also beautiful and sturdy. That’s how positive thinking works. We learn to see things differently. We aren’t pretending that something awful isn’t awful but we are learning to focus on anything positive, instead of giving the bad things in our life time inside our minds.
Positive thinking can be as easy as telling ourselves something positive everytime we find ourselves thinking negatively.
We can prepare ourselves ahead of time with things to remember and think about, so we are ready to replace negative thoughts that we catch ourselves thinking. Using a journal to write down positive thoughts to help counteract any negative thoughts is a great way to get in the habit of looking at the positive side of things.
Once you make positive thinking a habit, you will be amazed at where it will take you!
Imagine if you just went through a divorce. It’s one of the roughest things you can go through in this life. But you can either let the sadness and hurt remain in your mind, or you can try to think of anything positive that you could get out of the situation. For example, you don’t know what the next few months hold for you, it could be something good that you never thought would happen to you. This happens all the time! If we can keep our minds looking forward to what the future might hold for us and notice the things we do have that’s good in our life we will at least enjoy our days as they come.
I challenge you to use these skills every time a negative thought enters your mind. Gratitude also goes a long way to helping us feel better. There are more suggestions in this book. How to think positive during tough times.
Ten ways to be a positive thinker
1.When someone tells you that you did something wrong – First, you might think “how dare they say that to you,” or you might think “what is wrong with me that I keep messing up?”
tell yourself that it is ok to make a mistake and that this is an opportunity to learn something!
2. When you make a mistake – Only think about what you need to change and do not allow yourself to say negative things to yourself like, “how could I be so stupid?” or “what was I thinking?”
3. When you offend somebody – You made a mistake, admit that, and tell yourself that you can try your best to fix it.
Be aware of the other person’s side of things, and put yourself in their shoe’s. Apologize and move on without repeating the details of how you messed up over and over in your head.
4. When your plans don’t work out – Do not think that you as a person are a failure!
Exchange the negative thoughts with, “this is how I can learn what I need to change,” or “I failed and will keep trying until I get it right.”
Or you can think “many successful people failed many times and kept working until their plans worked out, so it’s still possible for me to make plans that are successful!”
5. When people laugh at you, and you don’t think it’s funny! You need to learn to laugh at yourself and be ok with who you are and be ok with not always being perfect!
Think things like, “it’s not a bad thing to make people laugh.”
Or “it’s ok because I have no idea what exactly those people were laughing at and it might not be what I think it is,”
or, “it doesn’t matter what other people think, and I think I’m ok.” Developing self-love is something you need to do so you feel loved when nobody else is expressing acceptance or love.
Fight depression with positive thinking skills
Please note that I’m not talking about clinical depression. If you are depressed and can’t find your way out of it no matter what you try you should see your doctor. Depression is a dysfunction in your brain and may not go away just by thinking hard.
6. When you are feeling down – Everyone has times where they feel sad. Ask yourself what you are thinking about or what is bothering you.
Don’t compare yourself to others and learn to be convinced, no matter what the social media says or anyone else, that you have value as a person and that you are ok with where you are at in your life.
Think of small steps you can take to get to a happier place. Take a break, meditate, go for a walk..etc. Don’t let the thoughts of how you don’t measure up to somebody else play over and over in your mind.
Replace these thoughts with a positive view such as I am a lovable and successful person as I am. I get to decide what is best for me and my life and what makes me happy. I don’t have to be like anyone else to be satisfied.
7. When you feel unloved – Learn how to love yourself.
Write down your good qualities and qualities you want to improve.
Tell yourself you are unique and lovable.
Remember that everyone will not always love you, and that’s normal. Take steps to change things in your life, so you have time to be around people who appreciate and love you.
8. When you are nervous and anxious socially – Determine what causes you to be afraid. Is it going to kill you?
Is it your pride of feeling that not everyone is going to see you as perfect?
Let go of the worries of what others think and be about doing the things you choose that make you happy.
Let go of the need to be perfect.
9. When you are worried – Remember that you cannot control everything.
Do your best and replace worrisome thoughts with positive hopes and dreams. Worry will paralyze you if you do not find other things to fill your mind.
10. When you are tired and still have six hours of work left. Work at not thinking about the time and remember how many times you accomplished this task before. You can do it again.
Being a positive thinker along with doing things to get your mind off negative thoughts will leave you happier and more energetic. Happy, active people tend to draw others towards them. Before you know it, you will have moved to a better place in your life where enjoying yourself and others will be the new standard.
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