Quite often when we're going
through a challenging time, or we're just plain miserable, we
invariably get the advice to just "think
Sometimes it's difficult to figure out exactly
what that means.
Does it mean to deny our pain or discomfort?
we pretend everything is alright?
at times, we would prefer to wallow. Surely there must be some merit in
wallowing. Indeed there may be, (time heals most wounds) however, at
some point we have to pick ourselves up and move on.
In order to do so, we must change our mindset or attitude from a
non-productive one, into one that is positive and progressive. Of
course, we can't be in denial or adopt a Pollyannaish, rose-colored
glasses way of looking at the world.
Negative feelings and
circumstances do exist and often serve as an indication that something
is not working or needs to be attended to. In such cases we must
thinking and use it as a strategy for interpreting everything that
happens to us in a useful, constructive way in order to make our lives
work. Of course, it doesn't mean denying pain and discomfort. It means
making sense of them and using what we can to strengthen our resolve
and build resilience
Tips on Developing a Positive Thinking Mindset
Accept that you are here to grow and evolve.
Life doesn't always go smoothly. Not everything is meant to
be a joyride or exercise in pleasure. Life's lessons can be
difficult, but are more so if you approach them with avoidance and
apprehension. If you see them as opportunities to become stronger,
wiser and more resilient,
you are thinking positively and productively.
Learn to turn lemons into lemonade. Look for the lessons to be learned in every situation.
Instead of feeling sorry for yourself when things don't go your
way, do what you can to make the best of it. You can learn to avoid
falling in the same traps, making the same mistakes and by doing so,
be the better for it.
As James Joyce said: "A man's errors are
his portals of discovery."
Believe in yourself. Know that you have what it takes to
succeed. Your dreams and goals are an indication where your talents lie and where your
true potential is. Needless to say, you must develop your inherent
gifts; however, recognize that you have a unique contribution to
make. You're one of a kind.
Acquire perseverance. When you possess a positive thinking mindset you never give
up. You pursue your dreams, your
goals and objectives with everything you've got and you don't settle for anything less. That's not
to say you won't have roadblocks and various setbacks along the
way. It just means that you won't let them stop you!
"Our greatest glory is not in
never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." Ralph
Look for inspiration and support. Read about
and study the triumphs of others. Many successful people have gone through challenging circumstances to get where they
are. Learning about their trials and tribulations can motivate
and inspire you to achieve what you desire to achieve. To help you
stay positive and focused, garner support
from family and friends.
"Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal."
Benefits of Thinking Positively
According to the Mayo Clinic, there is a wide range of
health benefits linked to thinking positively. Here are some of them:
Ultimately, thinking positively doesn't mean being unrealistic or
deluded. It means dealing with life and life's challenges as they are.
It means willing to do the work necessary to get on with the business
of living fully, with everything it entails. So the next time a well-meaning person
tells you to think positively, just smile back confidently and let
them know that it's part of your everyday, productive