Positive thinking is a popular concept in today’s modern world. Scientific studies site numerous physical and mental benefits of thinking positively. It has been linked to confidence, improved emotional state and a reduced likelihood of developing depression, hypertension and other stress-related issues.
Positivity is not just about smiling or feeling happy. It’s more about your perspective of life and your tendency to focus on the good things that life has to offer.
Defining a positive mindset
According to Remez Sasson, a positive attitude can be defined as an emotional and mental attitude that focuses on the good things in life and expects positive outcomes. Someone with a positive mindset approaches the challenges of life with a positive, cheerful outlook. This does not mean ignoring or avoiding the negative aspects, but making the most of negative situations. It also involves seeing the good in yourself and others.
Someone with a positive mindset makes it a habit to think positively and makes the best out of every situation they find themselves in. So, how do you achieve this? I’d like to share some practical tips that will help you acquire a positive mindset and attract success into your life. Let’s get started!
1. Start your day with positive affirmations
How you start your morning sets the tone for your entire day. People who wake up in a negative state of mind tend to carry a pessimistic view of all events and activities throughout their day. Since it’s easier to be negative than positive, 90% of the people around you will react negatively to most circumstances. You can be the change by starting your day with positive affirmations.
2. Celebrate small wins
Every day will have a set of unique experiences. Some will be good while others will be difficult. On the good days, don’t forget to celebrate your small wins. Congratulate yourself on completing all your tasks on time. Treat yourself after a hard workout session. Remember, every big win is the result of many small seemingly insignificant wins.
3. Learn from your failures
Let’s face it. You are not perfect. You are going to make countless mistakes before succeeding in anything. In fact, the more you fail, the higher your chances of success. Instead of focusing on your failures, think of what you’ll do next time. One of the best ways to learn from your failures is reflection. Before going to bed ask yourself these two questions:
- What did I do right today?
- What would I do differently if I had today to live over again?
By asking and answering these questions clearly, you’ll not only have a positive mindset but also increase your productivity and performance in the long run.
4. Focus on the present
Spiritual teachers have taught us that problems usually exist in the past or the future. The best thing about life is that it offers you the present moment only. You’ll never live in the past or future. Therefore, spend most of your time focused on the present moment. Avoid anticipating or preparing for future problems. Have faith in your ability to solve problems as they come.
5. Surround yourself with positive people
When you surround yourself with positive people, you’ll also be positive. Positivity is contagious. Listening to other’s stories and affirmations will positively affect your thinking, your words and contributions to society. Negative people will drain all your energy and leave you exhausted. It’s best to avoid them as much as possible if you want to attract success into your life.
6. Become a life-long learner
There are thousands of amazing books and videos that can inspire you to live the life of your dreams. Reading great books and watching videos is similar to surrounding yourself with winners.
By reading every day and putting to use what you learn, you’ll not only increase your success, but also have peace of mind. Successful people spend at least thirty minutes every day reading something that will improve their lives. You can do this, too!
7. Live with gratitude
Every day we have something to celebrate. The problem is most people tend to ignore or take for granted the positive things in their lives and allow negativity to take control. Being thankful for the gift of life, the bed you sleep on, the clothes you wear, the car you drive and your loved ones can transform your mood. When you live with gratitude more things will be added to your life.
8. Exercise regularly
Physical exercise is one of the best ways of maintaining a cheerful outlook and a positive mental attitude. When you exercise your body releases positive chemicals into your bloodstream which boost your mood.
Exercising boosts self-confidence which is an essential ingredient for success. You don’t have to exercise strenuously to get good results. You can take your dog for a walk, jog or do some yoga. Along with exercising, consuming nutritious foods will improve your health and fitness levels.
9. Rest and recover
Taking the time to rest and recover is not only essential to maintaining a positive mindset but also increases your productivity and performance. Remember, you are paid for vacation time to allow you to rest. Instead of being hard on yourself, why don’t you take a few days off to travel?
Traveling has lots of advantages. You’ll see new things outside of your normal environment and have lots of experiences to share with others.
Maintaining a positive mindset isn’t difficult. Start small. Choose one of the tips above that you’re comfortable with and work on incorporating it into your life. You’ll soon be surprised by the results!