The way you think has a number of direct effects on other areas in your life. For example, if you know that you are a “cup is half-empty” type of person, then perhaps changing your mindset is a good goal to set for yourself.
A positive mindset can also help you manage stress, improve your health, and build stronger relationships. Could you benefit from a more positive mindset?
Keep reading for more on how a positive mindset improves your life, and how you can start focusing on positive thinking.
How Positive Thinking Improves Your Self-Talk
We talked a lot in the Confidence Challenge about self-talk and how important it is to be positive in what you say to yourself.
Your self-talk is made up of the automatic thoughts that run through your head when you’re dealing with problems and obstacles in your life. These thoughts are usually skewed in either a positive or negative direction, and they have a powerful influence on the way you feel about yourself, the situation or life in general.
The tricky part about self-talk is that because these thoughts are so automatic, they often tend to arise from past experiences, preconceived notions or lack of information. You can change that and create more positive thoughts by doing some research and information gathering. Sometimes even purposely taking time out to think about the issue from all points of view can help.
This interruption, or re-framing, of your automatic self-talk lets you discover information or consider more realistic views of a problem that can lead to the positive outlook needed to create a practical solution to the problem.
Looking at setbacks in a more proactive manner allows you to focus on possibilities and solutions instead of everything that’s wrong. You’ll be more able, and more likely, to come up with productive thoughts and ideas to improve the situation.
How Positive Thinking Improves Your Relationships
It’s no secret that people enjoy being near people who are upbeat. You may be surprised at how your social opportunities increase with a shift in your thinking.
Your relationships are likely to improve as you start to see issues in a more positive light. It’s easier to work through misunderstandings when you approach them proactively.
A Positive Mindset Also Reduces Stress
The same principle also works when it comes to dealing with stress. Worrying and constantly thinking about the negative things in your life is the root of stress.
If you can turn your thoughts in a more positive direction, you’ll be eliminating one of the primary sources of your stress. And this can lead to improved physical and mental health.
By feeling more in control of your stressors, your anxiety will likely lessen. It can even have an impact on lowering depression. You’ll feel decreased muscle tension and enhanced concentration. Some studies show that positive thinking can also affect cardiovascular health and overall lifespan.
How to Focus on Positive Thinking
Developing a more positive mindset requires active attention to your thought patterns and practice re-framing the negative ones.
An easy way to start is by making a list of the areas in which you’re more prone to have a negative outlook. This will help you to be mindful of your most troubling issues.
Keep track of your progress throughout the day, and note the times you were successful. Doing so can increase your motivation and encourage progress.
Avoid dwelling on missteps. Instead, cut yourself some slack and concentrate on the ways in which you’re moving forward.
Make an effort to surround yourself with happy people who usually look on the bright side, as this will provide you with models to follow.
Be intentional in your practice of re-framing your self-talk and know that it is a process that requires practice over time.
The importance of a positive mindset and its effects on your life shouldn’t be minimized. Changing the way you think really does your life in a lot of positive ways. You’ll begin to feel better about life’s difficulties, and this can result in many wonderful experiences for you.