Power of Positive Thinking: Developing a positive attitude

by Shabdita Ritu Sarmah

12 April,2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. A positive attitude means a mentality that is not daunted by obstacles, difficulties, or delays and does not give in easily.

True positive thinking is not just saying that everything will be okay, as a lip service, but at the same time think about failure and expect difficulties. In order to bring beneficial changes and improvement into your life, a positive attitude has to become your predominant mental attitude throughout the day. It has to turn into a way of life and become a habit.  Although this might sound tough, it isn't and is a gradual process that is enjoyable. 

In this article few ways to develop a positive attitude to attain a healthy physical and mental state are discussed. 

  • Start the day with positive affirmation

How we start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. 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.” These positive affirmations will sink into your subconscious mind, which in turn, will guide, motivate, and inspire you to think more constructively and optimistically.

  • 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.

  • Find humour in bad situation: 

Allow yourself to experience humour 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.

  • Turn failures into lessons.

No one is perfect and we often make mistakes, 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.

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

Be on guard to replace your negative thoughts with optimistic and happy ones. Start paying attention to your thoughts, and as negative thoughts start circulating in your mind, calmly, and without using force, replace them with constructive, happy and positive thoughts. Always, strive to be the door keeper of your mind and not let negative thoughts get inside.

  • Focus on the present.

By focusing on the present moment, we can prevent our negative thoughts to emerge and affect us.  Most sources of negativity stem from a memory of a recent event or the exaggerated imagination of a potential future event. Hence, it is important stay in the present moment.

  • 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 further transcends into others. Keep away from the company of people who might discourage or belittle you.

  • Read inspiring and motivating stories about success. 

This will inspire and motivate you, and teach you what they actually did, so you can do what they did.

  • Power of visualization:

Visualize yourself in various situations, displaying a positive attitude and acting positively. Creating mental scenes in your mind of what you want to achieve or how you want to act or behave is a most powerful way of changing your attitude and your life.

  • Be proactive:

Take action and don't be passive, in small matters and in big ones. If you keep yourself busy doing things, there will be less likelihood of becoming negative and a greater likelihood of being positive.

  • Keep trying:

Always give yourself a second and third chance. Do not give up or give in easily.

  • Smile and Laugh:

It has been scientifically proven that smiling can improve your overall mood and outlook in life. Laughter is the best medicine. Join a Yoga laughter club for group support for laughing and meditation practice for calming the mind, body and the soul.

  • Gratitude:

Being grateful improves your chances of becoming happier and content in your life. By being thankful for what you have, you will achieve true happiness.

  • Set goals: 

Set your goals daily on a piece of paper and plan out your priorities from the top to bottom. Having goals will provide the drive and motivation you need to become happy and successful in life.

  • Work Out & Eat Right:

Eating healthy and working out will keep you in a great state of being and help maintain an active mind. Go for a long walk, run, or go to the gym. Also include Yoga, Meditation and Pranayam in your daily routine.

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 to compound returns, so the more often you practice it, the greater benefits you’ll realize.


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