Our thoughts are very powerful. They can shape our lives and influence our wellbeing both physically and mentally. Making small changes to shift your mindset to a more positive one can really transform your whole life.
You may feel that you have no control over situations or events but the one thing you do have control over are your thoughts. You can choose to be stuck in a repetitive cycle of negative thinking or you can choose to think differently. Remember that any given set of circumstances do not define who you are.
Once you begin to become more aware of your thoughts then you can stop any negative thinking in its tracks and start to think more positively.
As a starting point you can think of at least one thing that you are grateful for every day - keep a gratitude journal if you like so you can document this over a period of time and reflect back on it.
In order to change your mindset from a negative one to a positive one is to change your attitude towards positive thinking. You need to kick the habit of thinking that it’s silly or that it won’t work. You have to give this a fighting chance if you are ever going to turn your thoughts from negative to positive. In short: stop thinking negatively about positive thinking!
A good approach to positive thinking is to identify the areas in your life that are in need of change. What do you think most negatively about? Is it work, a relationship or your finances? Pick one area, whatever it might be and begin to change your way of thinking about it.
How do you do this though when you’re so used to thinking in a certain way? You just need to become more self-aware of your thought process. Whenever you catch yourself thinking something negative, like “this is too complicated” or “I can’t do this” stop and come up with a positive alternative such as: “I’ll look at this situation from a different perspective” or “maybe I can do it if I give it a go”. Continue to practice positive thoughts and positive self-talk. In time this will become second nature.
Another excellent way to boost positive thinking and minimise the negativity is to visualise good situations. Think about all the things you would like to happen in your life and picture them as if they were already happening. This will help you to see the bigger picture and will make you feel more motivated to making those dreams a reality.
Positive thinking shouldn’t just take place in our minds - we should also speak positively. There will be many other people around you who are talking themselves down, or are upset or worried about a situation. Make it your job to sprinkle some positivity into their life. You can do this by telling them that they are doing great or that they look nice. Pass the positivity on!
You could also repeat positive affirmations to yourself out loud. Repeating positive affirmations at least once a day is similar to the suggestions you would receive during a hypnotherapy session. Repeating positive affirmations will help the subconscious mind to open up and help make positive thinking a permanent habit.
Most importantly, you must not give up! If you feel as though you are about to give up, take a moment to decide if this is your negative mindset overpowering your subconscious. Changing your mindset is not something that is going to happen overnight - you are trying to change a habit but it can happen if you allow it to.
What will be your first steps in your journey to a more positive mindset?