OK, I know, I know.
People who know me will no doubt agree, and be rolling their eyes skywards!
Yes, I’m often heard extolling the virtues of positive thinking.
But does it really work? Or is it mumbo-jumbo?
OK – here’s something to think about:
How many people do you know who take a positive attitude towards everything, or at least almost everything, they do? How often do they succeed in whatever they set out to do?
Have you noticed that whether they succeed or fail, they rarely become negative or indecisive or ‘down’ – or, if they do, it isn’t for long?
How many successful people do you know, or know of? How many of these show that they think positively?
How much do they all seem to enjoy life?
Positive thinking really does make a substantial contribution to how people conduct themselves, the decisions they make, and the way their lives turn out.
Surely it’s not just about ‘thinking’, is it?
How much effort does it take?
Thankfully, successful positive thinking is actually quite simple and takes just enough effort to change your thinking habits – it really is that easy! That’s all!
Firstly, let’s explain how it works….
If you have something you want or need to do, what is your attitude towards doing it? Good/positive/enthusiastic, or poor/negative/can’t be bothered/I’ll do it later?
Don’t worry, we all have our good days and not-so-good days!
When you set yourself a target, whatever it is, and however much you’re interested in it (or not!), you’re actually starting up the opportunity for your own positive thinking. How you choose to move forward from there is the simple key to a successful and satisfying outcome.
Even better, if you really, genuinely, completely ‘buy in’ to achieving a target, you’re already moving forward.
By being positive and committed towards something, you automatically start to change the way you think. The more positive/committed you are, the more substantial and, potentially, more permanent the change.
Because your focus has moved to a particular target, you automatically start to change what you do, the decisions you make and the information and people you seek out to move closer to that target.
The closer you get, the more you do it – simple! Importantly, the more you do it, the less effort it takes too!
But the first step is to change your thinking habits.
Try this exercise – for the next week, wear your watch on your other wrist. Next week change it back. The week after change it back again. After a few weeks, you’ll automatically look at whichever wrist has the watch on it automatically, and what you will have done is change your thinking.
So, in terms of creating and keeping a positive pattern in your thinking, try changing your thinking habits by asking yourself a few simple questions whenever you have a target to meet.
- What will it be like as you take the steps towards your target?
- Visualise this in as much detail as you can : How you will feel? What sights, sounds and smells will be part of getting there? What other people might think or say (if that’s important to you)?
- How will you feel when you achieve the target?
(Obviously, you can add your own motivating/enquiring questions)
Be as detailed as you can – take particular note of all of the elements that energise you and return to these regularly, and especially important when you get moments of poor motivation.
Identify key milestones along the way – this is easier for bigger/more time consuming targets, but the principle is always the same – and give yourself a pat on the back for achieving each and every one.
Once you have been through this a few times, your thinking will automatically sort it all out for you without you having to think it through as a conscious effort.
Keep your thinking positive, understand where you’re going and what you’re aiming to achieve, and before long, no matter what those around you or the good old British weather is like, you’ll feel happier and achieve more – you may well even be healthier too!
Above all, remember that this is a choice.
To make your thinking more positive, achieve more, and enjoy your life more…….or not!
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