The power of positivity
Mindset determines a lot of things: your emotions, your willingness to do something, your success, your outlook on life… I could go on and on.
A lot of people think about it as just an optimist vs pessimist thing, as if you’re born with the mindset you will always have.
But guess what? That’s a victim mindset. You’re not a victim to your thoughts, and it doesn’t matter if you’re “naturally” optimistic or pessimistic. You can change your natural tendencies by creating new thought patterns that help you to have a more positive outlook.
So, how do you go about doing that? I’ve come up with six ways to start making the switch from a pessimist to an optimist.
Journaling is a powerful way to cultivate a more positive mindset. When you journal, it gives you a chance to examine your thoughts. You can pick out the ones that are helpful, and choose to ignore the ones that aren't.
I journal as a part of my morning routine for 5-10 minutes. It doesn't take very much time each day for it to have a positive effect on your life.
If you haven’t read my post on how and why to start journaling yet, make sure to check it out, and also my list of 26 journaling prompts.
Gratitude is such a profound and powerful emotion. No matter who you are, no matter what situation you’re in, you have something to be grateful for right now.
The more you focus on the things that you have to be grateful for in your life, the more you realize that you are more abundantly blessed than you ever could have realized. When you are grateful, it makes the things that are going wrong seem less big and intimidating.
Gratitude, in short, is positivity.
Here are some ways to bring more gratitude into your life:
Sometimes, I need to consciously try to think about the GOOD THINGS!
It’s easy to think about the bad things in the future, things that you’re worried about or that you’re dreading. But when you decide to think about the good things, the things you’re EXCITED about, you’ll feel more positive.
At the beginning of the day, sometimes I ask myself, “What am I looking forward to today?”
Even small things, like a class you enjoy or going on a walk at the end of the day, count.
Make a list of those things, or just think about them in your head.
Listen to or read positive material
To help myself when I’m feeling sad or angry or disappointed, I like to listen to a positive podcast or read a positive book. When I do this, I feel inspired, happy, and optimistic, and it helps me to have a more positive mindset and pay less attention to negative thinking.
Watch positive TV shows
Positive, upbeat TV shows are by far my favorites - don’t get me wrong, I can watch scary, sad, action, whatever, I just find the positive shows to be a great way to unwind at the end of the day.
There are a lot of TV shows that can get you into a cynical or sad or scared or angry mindset. I like to watch TV shows that make me smile and help me to truly relax before going to bed.
Practice swapping your thoughts
When it comes right down to it, your thoughts determine your emotions. When you’re brother takes the last piece of 85% dark chocolate, you could either think, “My whole day is ruined, I wanted that chocolate so bad and he took it from me and this sucks,” or you could go with a more positive route and say, “I’ll have some strawberries instead, those also sound really delicious at the moment.” I know that wasn’t the best example, but you get the ideaー the thoughts that you choose to believe are big factors in the way that you feel.
Next time you catch yourself falling into negative thinking, practice swapping it for another thought that’s more positive. It will help you to have a better outlook, and it won’t drain your energy in the way that negative thinking does.
Positive thinking is an important part of living optimistically. Whatever life throws your way, you can be prepared to battle it with your thoughts, making sure that nothing can bring you down.
Positivity can make any situation feel more bearable. It’s possible to look at life through a different lens, even if the lens you’ve always looked through is one of negativity.
Believe me, it’s going to take a lot of practiceー in fact, I doubt that there will ever be a time in your life when you won’t have to make a conscious choice at times to think positively and not allow negativity reign in your life.
These strategies can be added into your morning or nighttime routine, which can help you set yourself up for success and end your day in a good state of mind.
Remember, you are not just “an optimist” or “a pessimist”ー we all have the power of thinking both ways.
You are capable of being a more optimistic personー I’m positive. 😊