Have you ever spent some time with someone who finds the obstacle for every solution, who is perpetually negative, and basically tends to suck the air out of a room? It’s exhausting, right?
The fact is positive thinking is a life skill that you can learn. The more you practice it, the better you’ll get, and ultimately the happier you’ll be.
Now, we’re not talking here about pointless platitudes about seeing silver linings and “just being happy.” No, positive thinking is a way of seeing the world, not just a mood. And it will affect your entire life in the best ways possible.
Powerful Positive Thinking
The mind is an exceptionally powerful tool and can be our best friend or our worst enemy depending on what we fill it with.
Many coaches and psychologists talk of the concept of self-talk. How you perceive situations, the stories that you tell yourself, and how you filter and assess information will all impact the way you respond.
Think of it this way: imagine you’re walking in a field and you notice that the grass bends beneath your feet as you walk. The next day is the same. One year later, the path is wide and well-defined. This is how your brain works. Your thoughts become synaptic patterns, and, over time, those neural pathways are strengthened and become thought habits. It’s like driving a car or learning the alphabet.
If you don’t harness your thoughts and train them in the way that you want them to go, then they will default to thought habits that you don’t want.
“I never get anything right.”
“I’m not smart enough to get my degree.”
“Nobody likes me.”
“I struggle to learn new things.”
Our brains accept what we give them, good or bad. And then they act on them. Therefore, a focus on positive thinking forces our minds into new places and forges new pathways. The more we do it, the better we get at it, and the easier it becomes.
The trick here is to remember that you, and only you, are in control of your thoughts. You can change them, or you can let old habits define your future.