7 Practical Tips For A Positive Mindset

7 Practical Tips For A Positive Mindset

The “power of positive thinking” is a popular concept, and sometimes it can feel a little cliché but the physical and
mental benefits of positive thinking have been demonstrated by multiple scientific studies.

Positive thinking can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression and other
stress-related disorders.

All this sounds great, but what does the “power of positive thinking” really mean?

You can define positive thinking as positive imagery, positive self-talk or general optimism, but these are all still general, ambiguous concepts. If you want to be effective
in thinking and being more positive, you’ll need concrete examples to help you through the process.

Here are seven:

    1. Start the day with positive affirmation.

      How you start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever woken up late, panicked, and then felt like nothing good happened the rest of the day?

      This is likely because you started out the day with a negative emotion and a pessimistic view that carried into every other event you experienced.

      Instead of letting this dominate you, start your day with positive affirmations.

      Talk to yourself in the mirror, even if you feel silly, with statements like, “Today will be a good day” or “I’m going to be awesome today.”

      You’ll be amazed how much your day improves.

    2. Focus on the good things, however small.

      Almost invariably, you’re going to encounter obstacles throughout the day—there’s no such thing as a perfect day.

      When you encounter such a challenge, focus on the benefits, no matter how slight or unimportant they seem.

      For example, if you get stuck in traffic, think about how you now have time to listen to the rest of your favorite podcast. If the store is out of the food you want to
      prepare, think about the thrill of trying something new.

    3. Find humor in bad situations

      Allow yourself to experience humor in even the darkest or most trying situations.

      Remind yourself that this situation will probably make for a good story later and try to crack a joke about it.

      Say you’re laid off; imagine the most absurd way you could spend your last day, or the most ridiculous job you could pursue next—like kangaroo
      handler or bubblegum sculptor.

    4.  Turn failures into lessons.

      You aren’t perfect. You’re going to make mistakes and experience failure in multiple contexts, at multiple jobs and with multiple people. Instead of focusing on how you
      failed, think about what you’re going to do next time—turn your failure into a lesson.

      Conceptualize this in concrete rules. For example, you could come up with three new rules for managing projects as a result.

    5.  Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk.

      Negative self-talk can creep up easily and is often hard to notice. You might think I’m so bad at this or I shouldn’t have tried that. But these thoughts turn into internalized
      feelings and might cement your conceptions of yourself.

      When you catch yourself doing this, stop and replace those negative messages with positive ones.

      For example, I’m so bad at this becomes Once I get more practice, I’ll be way better at this. I shouldn’t have tried becomes That didn’t work out as planned—maybe next
      time.

    6. Focus on the present

      I’m talking about the present—not today, not this hour, only this exact moment.

      You might be getting chewed out by your boss, but what in this exact moment is happening that’s so bad? Forget the comment he made five minutes
      ago. Forget what he might say five minutes from now. Focus on this one, individual moment.

      In most situations, you’ll find it’s not as bad as you imagine it to be. Most sources of negativity stem from a memory of a recent event or the exaggerated imagination of a potential future event. Stay in the present moment.

    7. Find positive friends, mentors and co-workers

      When you surround yourself with positive people, you’ll hear positive outlooks, positive stories and positive
      affirmations. Their positive words will sink in and affect your own line of thinking, which then affects your words and similarly contributes to the group.

      Finding positive people to fill up your life can be difficult, but you need to eliminate the negativity in your life before it consumes you.

      Do what you can to improve the positivity of others, and let their positivity affect you the same way.

     

  1. Almost anybody in any situation can apply these lessons to their own lives and increase their positive attitude. As you might imagine, positive thinking offers compounding
    returns, so the more often you practice it, the greater benefits you’ll realize.

5 Ways To Stay Positive On A Bad Day

5 Ways To Stay Positive On A Bad Day

It’s Murphy’s Law.

The line you get in at the department store doesn’t move because there is a lady at the register who waited until the last minute to dig through her overstuffed wallet for a coupon.

So you change checkout lanes only to get stuck behind a man digging through a deep pocket for exact change.

We all have bad days when it seems like nothing is going right. But few can compete with Charles, a man who experienced a lifetime’s worth of bad news in a single
day.

Charles lived a stressful life. He worked from morning until night without any spare time for annoyances. Little did he know, when he woke up one morning, he had already lost more than $200,000—embezzled from his inheritance by a family “friend.” In an unrelated turn of events, he lost his job the same day. That evening he discovered his wife was filing for divorce.

We don’t have control over the way life plays out, but we do not have to be a victim to its tyranny. With a few savvy insights and positive action steps, we can power through almost anything that comes our way.

Here are five ways to stay upbeat and positive, even when life is not cooperating:

  1. Develop a plan.

    Often we just feel “off’ and we let it affect our day without finding out what it is that made us feel down in the first
    place.

    So identify what’s making you feel despondent. Be specific. And once that is done, make a plan. Write out
    what you can do to turn around your sour mood.

    In her Psychology Today article, “Thirteen Small Decisions That Will Ease Anxiety,” Meg Selig writes, “If you start to ruminate over a situation that you’ve already
    planned for, tell yourself, ‘Stop, I’ve already made a plan.”‘ The very act of identifying and planning can result in tremendous stress relief.

  2. Associate with winners.

    We tend to think like the people we hang around.

    That’s not news, but how often do we stop and notice who we talk to every day?

    The group that laments over a two-cent gas hike is not likely the same group that discusses the latest stock options. It’s two different mindsets. The greatest investment for the worrywart is to find a cell of positive-minded, successful people.

    How did they get where they are? How do they think? Let the osmosis begin.

  3. Speak positive words.

    We tend to believe what we say.

    Our minds literally go in the direction of our words.

    Of course, we can’t talk ourselves into being taller, but we can have a more positive outlook by noticing the good, anticipating a
    positive outcome and speaking it out loud.

    It’s almost impossible to shout, “l feel fantastic!” and be depressed at the same time.  A few verbal affirmations throughout the day will go a long way toward lifting your spirits.

    Related: If You Want to Change Your Results, You Have to Change Your Thinking First

  4. Laugh anyway.

    There is so much to stress over these days—politics, the economy, the ozone layer, the missing button on your favorite shirt.

    Still, there is a consensus among many medical professionals that laughter will do you a world of good. In fact, the Mayo Clinic article “Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke” says, “A rollicking laugh fires up then cools down your stress response and it can increase
    your heart rate.

    The result? A good relaxed feeling.” To stay upbeat and positive, make laughter a deliberate part of your arsenal against the blues.

  5. Execute.

    Once you’ve identified what deflates your spirit, made a plan to overcome it and developed some mental weapons, it’s time to bring out the big guns.

    Put your thoughts into action. It’s hard to worry about a problem while you are busy solving it.

    This is no time to be passive. Get angry. Get aggressive. Attack your problems with a vengeance.

    What right do they have to destroy the pleasure you get out of life?

    The physical act of execution is a diabolical weapon against whatever ails you and can create a surprising sense of bliss in the midst of the
    turmoil.

Charles, who arguably had a much worse day than you, adjusted to his loss and even forgave his thieving friend.

He used his skills to move forward in a new career and met a beautiful woman in the process.

He learned a lot about himself, found some new priorities and doesn’t stress about the length of a department store checkout
lane. He is happier than he has been in a long time and looks for opportunities to share his success with others.

If Charles can do it, so can you.

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