Focusing On Positive Thinking
So what exactly is positive thinking?
You might be tempted to assume that it implies seeing the world through “rose coloured lenses”, by ignoring or glossing over the negative aspects of life.
However, positive thinking actually means approaching life`s challenges with a positive outlook.
It does not necessarily mean avoiding or ignoring the bad things, instead it involves making the most of potentially bad situations, trying to see the best in other people and viewing yourself and your abilities in a positive light.
Individuals with a pessimistic outlook often blame themselves when bad things happen, but fail to give themselves adequate credit for a successful outcome. Where as positive thinkers are more apt to use an optimistic approach when facing particularly challenging situations.
Focus on Positive Thinking
You can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking, but it does take time to change the habit.
1) Identify areas to change - If you want to become more optimistic and engage in more positive thinking, first identify areas of your life that you typically think negatively about, whether its work, your day to day activities or a relationship. You can then start small by focusing on one area of your life to approach in a more positive way.
2) Check yourself – Learn during the day, to stop and evaluate what you are thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
3) Practice positive self talk – Start by following one simple rule. Don`t say anything to yourself that you wouldn`t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging to yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you.
4) Surround yourself with positive people – Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give you helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your ability.
This might sound a lot to remember and put into practice but if you hold the thought that “always find a positive in a negative”, then you are half way there, and in time you will begin to reap the benefits of having a positive outlook on life. If you want to shift your negative thinking into a positive, then get in touch with me on 01268 756458 to book a session.