Your life is only as good as your mindset. In each day and each moment, you have a choice to make. You can either choose to see the bad in everything and see things as happening to you or working against you… OR you can make a choice that in spite of circumstance or other stressors, your life is what you make of it and there are so many things to be grateful for. Difficulties will inevitably arise in your life, but a positive mindset is what will give you the strength to face any situation. Take a second to think about your life. Who do you want to be? What do you want to be remembered for? There are no limits for what you can accomplish, but a positive mindset will put you in the right direction.
Luckily, there are a million different ways to practice positivity in your own life. Whether you choose to be kind to others, pay it forward, or look at a bad situation as a blessing, there are so many ways to have an optimistic attitude.
Develop a Growth Mindset
Carol S. Dweck developed the concept of “fixed” vs. “growth” mindset. People who have a fixed mindset believe that their personal qualities or attributes are predetermined and as a result, people have no control over their life. But those of us with a growth mindset believe that there are a million ways to constantly improve and grow. Which kind of mindset do you think creates the more successful people? I think it’s pretty obvious.
Adopting a growth mindset will reap exponential rewards in your personal and professional life. This is learning to think of your career as a series of growth opportunities and challenges that will make you better off in the long run. So rather than seeing obstacles as things impossible to overcome, be persistent and resilient in the pursuit of your goals. Struggles are an inevitable part of your journey, so you have to learn to embrace them. Pursuing continuous betterment means that you are constantly giving yourself chances to get better at what you do. It’s all about a mindset that honors growth!
Even when things are bad, there is always something to be grateful for. If you don’t happen to be in great health at the moment, there are always people who love us, or vice versa. There is always God. Choosing to be grateful can even be something as simple as appreciating a sunny day, a warm breeze, or a good book. By training your brain to focus on what you are grateful for, you will subconsciously learn to look for all the good things around you. I promise, when you look closely, you will be amazed at how many amazing things there are in your life to be grateful for.
If this is something you have a hard time with, I suggest creating a journal and committing yourself to writing down 3 things each day that you are grateful for. These things can be big or small, but the goal is to teach yourself to see the beauty and blessings in your life. Appreciating all that you have is a vital aspect to keeping a positive outlook.
What You Think, You Become
This famous Buddha quote is so true. This is because the thoughts you allow into your brain about yourself have a direct outcome on how you view yourself and the world around you. Building off this concept, one of my fave Pastors Joel Osteen says that “whatever follows ‘I am’ will find you.”
Do you ever knowingly convince yourself that you are unhappy, exhausted, ugly, or inferior? These are negative thoughts (not realities) that will only continue to poison your self-worth. Instead, work on telling yourself that you are beautiful, worthy, powerful, and happy. Soon enough, your self-image will improve, and you’ll start carrying yourself like you’re someone special (because you are special).
Your thoughts and beliefs contribute to your decisions and behavior, which then affects your actions. By following “I am” with a positive affirmation about yourself, you are strengthening your character and sense of self. Your life will change when you adopt this positive mentality!
This is not to say that you will never have negative thoughts or reactions. Sometimes, things get super tough and it’s impossible to remain positive all the time. But, the important thing is to never dwell on it. If you need it, give yourself 5 minutes, 5 hours, or even a whole day to wallow in it. But after that, you have to kiss your negative thoughts bye-bye and seek out a more optimistic outlook. Just because you have a few bad days doesn’t mean you have a bad life — learn to let it go.
Ultimately, positivity is a choice, and each day we have the chance to be positive, grow, and feel grateful for all that we have. It’s easy to be positive in a good situation, but much harder to persevere with an optimistic attitude through a bad one. However, you and the people around you will directly benefit from your power of positive thinking.
Positivity is contagious — once you have it, you will attract like-minded people who also choose to see things glass half-full.