3 Powerful Ways To Stay Positive
"Stay Positive." The greater the challenge, the more this seems unrealistic. It’s hard to focus on the positive when positivity seems like nothing more than wishful thinking.
The real obstacle to positivity is that our brains are hard-wired to look for and focus on threats.
This is part of our inbred ‘survival mechanism’
Positivity and Your Health
Pessimism is trouble because it’s bad for your health. Numerous studies have shown that optimists are physically and psychologically healthier than pessimists.
1. Separate Fact From Fiction
Stop negative self-talk in its tracks. The more you think negative thoughts, the more power you give them. Most of our negative thoughts are just thoughts, not facts.
When you find yourself believing the negative and pessimistic things your inner voice says, it’s time to stop and write them down. Literally stop what you’re doing and write down what you’re thinking. Check these statements to see if they’re factual. You can bet the statements aren’t true any time you see words like never, always, worst, ever, etc.
Do you really always lose your keys? Of course not. Perhaps you forget them frequently, but most days you do remember them.
Are you really never going to find a solution to your problem? Can nobody help you?
Never literally means ‘not ever’. If it really is an intractable problem, why are you wasting your time on it?
If your statements still look like facts once they’re written, take them to a friend to see if they agree with you. Then the real truth will come out.
2. Identify A Positive
Once you snap yourself out of self-defeating, negative thoughts, you can then help your brain learn what you want it to focus on — the positive.
First you have to give your wandering brain a little help by consciously selecting something positive to think about. Grab the initiative -Tell your mind what to think.
You must have something positive that to shift your attention to when your thoughts turn negative.
Step one stripped the power from negative thoughts by separating fact from fiction.
Step two is to replace the negative with a positive. Just keep on doing it.
3. Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude
‘Counting your blessings’ isn’t merely the right thing to do; it actually reduces the stress hormone Cortisol by 23%. Research at the University of California found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy and substantially less anxiety due to lower Cortisol levels.
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by taking time out every day to focus on the positive. Any time you experience negative or pessimistic thoughts, use this as a cue to shift gears and think about something positive – something you enjoy doing; something you’re looking forward to; something that some kind person has done for you.
In time, a positive attitude will become a way of life.
These three tips sound incredibly basic, but they have tremendous power because they train your brain to have a positive focus. They break old habits if you force yourself to use them.
By putting these steps in place to use this year, you’ll reap the physical, mental, and performance benefits that come with a positive frame of mind.
Stay strong, Keep safe, Make it through.