Why is it that we have to learn to think positively? Many of us have been led to believe that positive thinking is a weak point in our personality. We are told to "think positive" at all times, even when something doesn't feel right, and that "positive thinking" is bad. In addition, we are told that it takes "confidence" and "self-control" to think positively. While it is true that having confidence and self-control can make us more successful in our endeavors, neither of these things are necessary for a person to think positively.
When we talk about "self-confidence", what we really mean is a state of being at peace with who we are. And what better way to maintain self-confidence than by thinking positively? You see, there is nothing positive about negative or pessimistic thoughts. Thinking negatively only makes us miserable! But positive thoughts can lead us down the path of success. Here is a good example: A good friend of mine, Matt, once told me a story about a woman he had helped get back together. She was a woman who had been through several abusive relationships and yet persevered, and now found herself in a relationship with a great man.
Matt had helped her see what she had really been missing in her previous relationships. He helped her realize that in order to get out of an abusive situation, she would have to break free from her self-defeating thinking. She had to shift her way of thinking from negative "can't do" thinking to positive "can do" thinking. Once this change in thought took place, Matt said she felt like a new person. She was no longer depressed or anxious or angry. Instead, she began to think positively and feel positively on a daily basis.
The truth is that negative thoughts and attitudes can cloud our judgment and block us from seeing things that are right in front of us. Our positive way of thinking can also cloud our judgment and block us from seeing or being able to experience things that are right in front of us. Sometimes we need to shift our thinking and our actions to think positively, in order to achieve success in all that we do.
Think positively, and the brain will follow you! This may sound strange at first, but you would be amazed at how many people do not take the time to think positively, or at least try to. When we think negatively, our brains send messages to our bodies telling us that something isn't right, or that if something doesn't work out right, it will probably be worse than it is right now. Our brains aren't always right, however. If we continue to think negatively, our bodies and minds will continue to send us signals saying that there is something wrong.
In order to truly think positively, however, we must cultivate a positive outlook in life. And just what exactly does this mean? It means to always put yourself in a good position before you look at anything else, and to always treat every decision you make as if it is the best possible option for you at that moment. It means not second guessing yourself, and it means taking full advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. It also means giving up the race to achieve your goals, so that you can enjoy the journey instead of feeling overwhelmed and defeated by the end result. Think positively, and you will find that life goes on much more smoothly.
Another benefit of cultivating a positive thinking outlook is that you will tend to enjoy life more. When you have a good self-talk, you tend to believe that you can do anything and that good things will happen, no matter what they look like or how big a challenge may seem. The brain has a tendency to convince you that life is good and that the only thing standing between you and your goals are obstacles that you can overcome. This is why so many people end up working so hard and making no progress toward their goals. Because their brain is saying that there are no good things standing in their way, there's no room for the motivated person. And when you're motivated attitude is coupled with the power of positive self-talk, you'll find that you're much more likely to take action and meet any challenge head-on.
One final benefit of thinking positively is that you will develop a habit of gratitude. When you feel grateful for all the good things in your life, it's hard not to act on them. The saying "what goes around, comes around" certainly applies here. We all have the power to do great things, but sometimes we forget that sometimes we need help along the way. When you practice gratitude and get into the habit of believing that you are capable of doing good things, your subconscious mind is then apt to believe you can do anything. Once you've adopted this habit, it becomes easier to apply the power of positive thinking and to adopt the habit of gratitude in your daily life.