Developing an optimistic outlook through positive thinking is good for both your physical and mental health. Understandably, it’s not always possible to keep a positive outlook during certain situations, but it is possible to develop the skills to have positive thinking become second nature. By learning how to make positive thinking easy, you’ll reap in some great benefits!
Surround yourself with positive people
Being around consistent negativity will only make you feel negative and drained. People who constantly complain, are depressed or unmotivated will certainly have a negative impact on you as well. Being around positive people, on the other hand, will rub off on you in a positive, productive way. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is positive!
Learn to deal with negative thoughts
It’s hard to become a positive thinker if your mind is constantly plagued with negative thoughts. To become a successful positive thinker you’ll need to learn to recognize the negative words you tell yourself. Words such as never and always are known to carry a negative mental impact. Instead of telling yourself, “I always make mistakes”, change your words to, “I make mistakes sometimes but I always learn from them.”
It’s much easier to be positive and motivated when you have set goals in mind. Setting goals will give you the motivation you need to overcome obstacles and setbacks that life is sure to pass your way. When you are simply coasting through life without set goals, it’s much more difficult to gauge your progress and make intelligent decisions.
Take responsibility for your actions
One of the secrets to successful people is their learned social emotional intelligence skills. Instead of coming across hard times and playing the victim, people with emotional intelligence take responsibility for their behavior. Accepting responsibility for your actions will help keep you thinking positively and prevent you from blaming others without reason.
Seek out positive material
Reading inspirational quotes, positive material about being successful in life or even biographies about people you admire, can all help you work towards becoming a positive thinker. Spend a little time every day reading something that encourages you to think positively. It’s a wonderful way to start and finish each day!
Making conscience decisions to change your way of thinking – from negative to positive – is a very effective step to ensuring success in your life. Surround yourself with other like-minded people, share stories and practice developing your levels of social intelligence to gain all the rewards of a happy life!
Author: Divya Parekh (ACC, CPC, LL, MS) is an international career leadership coach, Head Career Coach at International Coach Academy, and CEO of The DP Group. She assists executives, professionals, coaches and students plan, develop and achieve their career and leadership goals. She has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who as ‘VIP of the Year’ for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in leadership coaching. She is founder of the 1/1/1 Leader Project. The project prides itself on being simple. Set a goal. Work towards achieving it. Give someone a smile. Be nice to another person. Make the world a little bit nicer. It’s free so get started today!