8 Positive Thinking Strategies
Are you happy with your current situation? Or, are you like the more than two-thirds of Americans who consider themselves to be unhappy?
If you are unhappy, what’s holding you back? Do you lack a sense of purpose? Are you having a hard time accomplishing all that you want to accomplish?
Sometimes, a change of attitude is all you need to start feeling better and getting things done.
If you’re feeling unhappy, keep reading. Explained below are eight positive thinking strategies that will keep you looking on the bright side and help you to achieve all your goals.
The Power of Positive Thinking
What’s so great about a positive attitude? What makes positive thinking so powerful?
Positive thinking is can help you push past your limiting beliefs and start making things happen in your life. Changing the way you talk to yourself can make even the most impossible goals seem more attainable.
Positive thinking has also been shown to provide some pretty impressive physical and mental health benefits, including the following:
- A longer lifespan
- Reduced feelings of depression and anxiety
- A stronger immune system
- Improved physical and psychological well-being
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Better coping skills during stressful periods
This last one is especially important. It’s when life gets stressful that we’re most likely to give up on our dreams and settle for “good enough” instead of “great”.
By improving our resilience and coping skills with positive thinking, we can increase our chances of sticking to our goals, even when challenges get in the way.
Positive Thinking Strategies
Okay, you’re convinced that having a more positive attitude could benefit you and help you reach your goals.
But, how do you actually change your attitude and the way you think about things? How do you change the way you talk to yourself and talk about your situation?
Here are eight strategies that can help you begin to develop a more positive outlook on life:
1. Stop Dealing in Absolutes
How often do you use phrases like, “I never” or “I always”? These are absolute statements. Something either never happens or it always happens. There’s no in-between.
If you want to feel more positively about your situation, it’s time to get rid of these kinds of phrases.
Instead of saying that you can “never” stick to a diet, try reframing that statement. Say something like, “I’m having trouble sticking to my diet right now; maybe I need to work with a nutritionist to help me set more realistic goals.”
2. Give Yourself Permission to Mess Up
In addition to giving up your absolute phrases, it’s also time to stop expecting yourself to be perfect 100 percent of the time. You’re a human. You’re allowed to make mistakes.
If you give yourself permission to mess up, you’re also giving yourself permission to start again.
Think of it this way: if you got a flat tire while driving, you wouldn’t slash the other three. You’d replace the one flat and get on with your journey.
Treat yourself the same way. Be willing to forgive yourself and move on when you slip up.
3. Talk to Yourself the Way You’d Talk to a Friend
Most of us are way meaner to ourselves than we would ever be to someone we care about. It’s no wonder we have a hard time being positive!
Try talking to yourself the way you’d talk to a friend.
If a friend messed up or hit a roadblock, you wouldn’t berate them and tell them they should quit. No, you’d tell them that this is just a hiccup and that things will get better. Treat yourself the same way.
4. Say Goodbye to Guilt
It’s time to stop living in the past.
Stop beating yourself up for the mistakes you made before or the times you’ve given up. It’s time to focus on the present and let go of the guilt that’s holding you back.
5. Hold Yourself Responsible
Guilt isn’t good for anyone. But, that doesn’t mean you should avoid taking responsibility for your situation.
If you’ve messed up in the past or sabotaged yourself in some way, you need to take responsibility for those actions. Own what you’ve done, identify your mistakes, and figure out how you’re going to avoid making them again in the future.
6. Learn to Accept Compliments and Recognition
Do you brush off compliments or deny that you’ve done something good? How are you supposed to feel positive about yourself and your life if you never acknowledge the good things you do?
If you want to start achieving your personal development goals, you need to be able to acknowledge your own victories and be proud of yourself when you do something well.
7. Practice Gratitude
When you’ve spent the majority of your life focusing on the negative, it can be hard to flip the script overnight. A good way to start changing the way you think, though, is to start focusing on the good things in your life.
Make a habit of practicing gratitude on a regular basis, perhaps by keeping a gratitude journal or writing thank you notes.
8. Consume Positive Media
Finally, make sure that the media you’re consuming is not exclusively negative.
If you only watch the news and spend all day reading and listening to stories about what’s wrong with the world, you’re not going to feel very good. Try to vary your content so you’re also consuming positive information.
Stay informed, but don’t let all the negative stories drag you down and crowd out the good things that are happening in the world.
Need More Help Reaching Your Goals?
Putting these positive thinking strategies into practice will take you pretty far when it comes to reaching your goals, be they personal or career-related.
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