The average person has an estimated 70,000 thoughts per day! Take a moment to think about the thoughts that run through your mind. Are they positive and uplifting? “Today is going to be an amazing day!” Or negative and self-defeating? “I don’t have the energy to get through today.”
Positive thoughts boost your mood, spirit, and tend to generate even more positivity and happiness in your life. Conversely, negative thoughts can create a domino effect of destructive energy. Falling into a spiral of negativity tremendously affects how you live your life and how others perceive you. Thankfully, you don’t have to accept the negative internal chatter. Choose to switch to a happier perception and reach for better thoughts. It takes a little practice, but soon enough, your mind will gravitate to the brighter side of life.
Practice cultivating a positive mindset with these tips.
LET GO OF:
- NEGATIVE SELF-TALK.
Bashing yourself on a daily basis takes a toll. When you hear the negative self-talk, say “cancel, cancel,” followed by a positive comment to condition yourself to speak positively. It can be easy to get into the rut of “bad-mouthing” yourself but trust me when I say that it will just keep bringing back negative energy. Don’t let it happen! Remember the saying, when you find yourself in a hole, STOP DIGGING! Same is true here, cancel out that negative self-talk and stay positive. You are strong, you are smart, and you are beautiful!
- LIMITING BELIEFS.
Replace beliefs that just aren’t serving you anymore and rework them to into self-supporting goals. We can be our biggest barrier to achieving our goals. Change your story – in other words, just because you had some bad experience at a point in your life doesn’t mean you need to keep reliving it! Change your story and move on, girlfriend!
- COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
While it’s easy to want what others have, comparing yourself is like discarding everything you’ve got going for you at this very moment. Using someone else as a benchmark is healthier than comparing yourself, so distinguish between comparison and admiring. Shoot for admiration!
- RESISTING CHANGE.
If you want different results, do something different. Make change small. There’s no need to create chaos in the name of change. Remember, many small changes can add up to a really big one! Don’t forget to celebrate the small positive changes, they will lead to many more.
- THE NEED TO ALWAYS BE RIGHT.
Would you rather be right or would you rather be happy? Okay, I know that being right is nice, but isn’t it more important to be happy?
MAKE SPACE FOR:
Even when you think you don’t have it all, focus on what you have today. Keep a gratitude journal and each day write down five thoughts you are grateful for. Each morning when I wake up and at night when I go to bed, I think about all that I have to be grateful for in my life.
- WALKING WITH ENERGY AND PURPOSE.
Make a conscious effort to strut! Even when you’re feeling down and discouraged, stand tall and smile! Posture affects your mood; make it work in your favor. I sometimes feel 6’ tall when I walk and am shocked if I catch a glimpse of my 4’10 ½” (yes, the ½” is important!) reflection in a glass door or mirror. And when that happens, I just stand taller!
- SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH LIKE MINDED, UPLIFTING PEOPLE.
People who are vibrating on the same positive frequency will keep you grounded, inspired, and connected to your greater life’s purpose. They will help you believe in yourself, too.
Take time to reflect, meditate, or simply release all thoughts and emotions. Create stillness in a quiet space and get back to a neutral state of mind and body. Some people like to write which is great; but I’m not much of a writer so I like to just reflect through quiet time and find myself doing it during yoga sessions too. Whatever works, right?!
- DOING GOOD FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
Focus your energy on lifting up someone else and notice how your spirits elevate as well. I love this one, always makes me feel good inside!