In this day and age, with so much negative news and the constant bustle of the working world, we all need to be reminded of the benefits of positive thinking.
Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote the book “The Power of Positive Thinking”, is known for the quote “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Most of us have had experiences where we can look back and remember a time where we seemed to take a leap of faith in thinking positive and we ended up landing on our feet. Much like a plant will grow when it’s watered or die when poison touches it, we also are known to flourish when we water our minds with positive thoughts and suffer when we take part in negative thinking.
In an article on thinking positively to improve motivation, David Anthony Watson suggests several key things you can do to keep positive. Three of these really struck a chord with us, and can truly impact almost anyone in any situation.
Control Your Thoughts
You’re in control of your own positive thinking. No one else decides what you spend your time thinking about. Focus on finding the positive and thinking on the sunny side of things. You’ll find that it’s easy to focus on the negative stuff. It’s easy to complain. So it might take some work, but control your thoughts and steer them towards positivity.
Give yourself a pat on the back. Give your coworkers a pat on the pat. Deliver encouragement constantly. Everyone can use it. Positive thinking flows more freely when we are positive in words and actions to ourselves and one another.
Develop Your Own Personal Vision Statement
What do you want to achieve? What are your personal goals for success and happiness? Having your own vision statement will help you live your life your way and achieve your goals.
There will always be circumstances at work or in our personal lives we will need to tackle and overcome. Start by believing that you can and will succeed. If circumstances were compared to a path, our attitudes could be likened to the landscaping. Positive thinking is a fresh paved path filled with hope while negative thinking tends to feel like a dead end.
As Charles Glassman writes in his book, Brain Drain: The Breakthrough that will Change Your Life “Believing in negative thoughts is the single greatest obstruction to success.”
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