Life is complicated, and there can be a lot of challenging moments, but what if I told you that having a positive mindset can go a long way? Having a positive mindset doesn’t mean ignoring negative situations or ignoring the facts. Instead, it means approaching these challenging situations with a positive outlook instead of being consumed by all the negativity. Let’s take a look at a few different ways you can benefit from having a positive mindset.
The Power of Our Thoughts
Your mind is your most powerful yet most underutilized tool you have, and it’s one of the most useful assets you possess. If you want to live a more positive life, you have to focus your mind and be in control of your thoughts. Our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are all linked and impact one another. For example, if you are thinking negative thoughts, it will result in negative emotions, which can then result in negative behavior, which not only affects those around you but will draw more of the same negative energy to you. To help control this, you need to understand how powerful your thoughts are and shift them into a positive space.
It was Carl Jung who said: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Instead of allowing your thoughts--conscious and unconscious--to control you, it’s time to be your own master of your mind. Interrupt your negative thoughts by replacing them with positive, constructive ones. For example, if you have fearful thoughts or emotions, replace them with a visualization of gratitude to help eliminate the negativity and help calm your worry. You cannot be grateful and feel fear at the same time. Your thoughts can become your biggest superpower. You just have to learn how to be in control of them first.
Seven Major Negative Emotions
Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate. It’s your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions dominate your mind. Start to make it a habit to eliminate these seven negative emotions from your life:
Fear, jealousy, hatred, revenge, greed, superstition and anger.
Seven Major Positive Emotions
Form the habit of applying and using the seven positive emotions daily! Eventually, they will dominate your mind so completely, that the negatives cannot enter it.
Desire, faith, love, sex, enthusiasm, romance and hope.
Keeping Focused On Our Desires
Staying focused on your desires is a great way to have a positive mindset. Affirmations are a great way to keep your thoughts intentional. I encourage you to come up with a handful of affirmations that you can recite to yourself daily to help keep you focused on your desires. A few affirmation examples include:
“I am worthy of love”
“I am powerful”
“I am improving every day”
“I am important, and my needs matter”
Another way to stay focused on your desires is to cultivate gratitude in life. You can do this by implementing a morning and evening routine of taking a few minutes to focus on all that you are grateful for. Also, from the moment you wake up, you can intentionally choose what mindset you will be in, which can help set the direction of your day. In addition, consider adding meditation to your morning and evening routine to help keep you focused and clear about your desires. Manifesting positivity is a daily commitment that requires self-discipline, but it is worth it once you achieve your desired outcome.
Benefits of Having a Positive Mindset
Having a positive mindset does take effort and application, but the benefits are life-changing. Shifting your mindset out of the negative and into the positive will take determination, perseverance and practice. Here are just a few benefits of positive thinking.
Fewer mood swings
Increased creative thinking
Reduced risk of depression
Better coping skills
Lower blood pressure
Feeling joy and happiness
Changing your thinking patterns can be difficult, especially if you tend to be more of a pessimistic thinker. However, I want you to know that with practice, you can reframe your mind to shift your thoughts into more positive ones.
If you are ready to gain the benefits of having a positive mindset but need support to start, I encourage you to invest in my one-to-one coaching. It’s one of the best gifts you can give yourself, and I’m here to help you every step of your journey.