The Power of Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking?

 If you have any question in your mind of whether or not you are a positive person, you definitely have room for improvement. Here are some basic things you should start doing if you want to be more positive…..

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Positive Thinking Is a Way of Life

With a positive attitude we experience pleasant and happy feelings. This brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness. Our whole being broadcasts good will, happiness and success. Even our health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall, our voice is more powerful, and our body language shows the way we feel.

Positive and negative thinking are contagious.

We affect, and are affected by the people we meet, in one way or another. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through words, thoughts and feelings, and through body language.

Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive people, and prefer to avoid negative ones?

People are more disposed to help us, if we are positive, and they dislike and avoid anyone broadcasting negativity.

Negative thoughts, words and attitude, create negative and unhappy feelings, moods and behavior. When the mind is negative, poisons are released into the blood, which cause more unhappiness and negativity. This is the way to failure, frustration and disappointment.

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Positive Thinking and Health

The thing MOST affected by optimism is physical health. Logically, the body is controlled by the brain. If the brain thinks positively, that energy will radiate into the body as well. This sounds like hogwash as first, but countless studies have been done to back it up. In a similar study to the one above, 2,280 men were tested for optimism or pessimism as well as for heart disease in 1963. 1,306 of those men were tested again for heart disease in 1986 and the results were staggering. According to the numbers, pessimistic men were 50% more likely to get heart disease than optimistic men. Similar studies have linked positive thinking to pain reduction and life-span.

Negative thoughts can feed pessimism and create unnecessary stress. You can learn to turn negative thoughts into positive ones. The process is straightforward, although it’s challenging, especially at first. Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Throughout the day, stop and evaluate what you’re thinking. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about yourself.

When it comes to being critical, I am my own worst enemy. How can I trade my negative outlook for a positive one?

elieving in yourself is the hardest and most necessary ingredient for successfully changing your lifestyle. When you’ve been beating up on yourself, for ears, it takes a fair amount of practice to turn this habit around.

Negative self-talk, the ongoing self-evaluation that takes place in your mind, is at the root of this predicament. How often have you said to yourself, “I can’t do this,” “Why should anything good happen to me?” or  “If I can’t do                  it perfectly, why bother?”

This inner critic performs a very powerful function; it protects you from experiencing feelings and situations that might be scary or unpleasant. While this is an important survival mechanism, this voice may prevent you from taking goal-oriented actions because it can convince you that you are not worthy or capable of succeeding.

Positive thinking does not mean that you have to be cheerful all the time, on the contrary, it means acknowledging all of your thoughts and trying to figure out whether they have relevance to your present situation.

For example

suppose you’re trying to modify your eating habits. You had been “really good” up until last night when you “blew it” by eating a “really bad” dessert. Now you’re thinking, “ I give up. I’ll never be able to do this.” If you look at the situation objectively,  you can see that eating one dessert does not qualify you as a failure. So the intensity of those feelings are more likely to be coming from some past experience than the one you had last night. Past performances and failures do not have to become predictors of your future.

 The first step toward positive thinking is turning down the volume on the negative thoughts that poke holes in your self image. To accomplish this, start to become aware of your negative self-talk on a regular basis. When you’re ready, you can begin the process of retracting your thoughts to determine where these negative messages came from and why Next, turn the volume up on the positive self-talk. Unlike negative self-talk, positive thinking focuses on what’s right rather than what’s wrong.Positive thinkers affirm themselves; they remind themselves that they’re worthwhile human beings no matter what they do. The consistently acknowledge that they’re on the road to health. They visualize themselves   as capable, happy and confident people. What they learn is: positive self-talk can help expedite the process of change.

There are bound to be times when you’re feeling depressed or frustrated. Positive thinkers know these feelings are valid and don’t try to ignore them. They explore them, try to understand them and, most importantly, they do not blame themselves for the conditions that led to those feelings. This clears the way for effective problem-solving and a fresh

start……

THE SIX KEY TO CHANGE

True desirewanting something enough to be willing to face the fears you have about achieving it
Strong beliefhaving the confidence to believe that you can have what you want
Knowledgeunderstanding the legitimate means by which you can accomplish what you want
A plan for change– plotting the specific methods and techniques for achieving your desired results
Setbacksrecognizing that the path of change is not a straight road and that it’s only guilt and feelings of failure that stop your progress
Progress– learning to acknowledge and reward all accomplishments
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