An old saying goes, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” (Paulo Coelho). It signifies that a persistent and a positive thought of attaining something certainly makes it easier to achieve it. Most of us know the upshots of positive thinking, yet we are preoccupied with visualizing the worst-case scenarios. Even in healthcare, it is said that sometimes when medicines fail, positive thoughts can do a miracle. Mind is powerful, respect its powers! The power of mind can be used to improve one’s life significantly. Someone has rightly said, “As we think, so we become.” Positive thinking exercises must be made an integral part of our daily life so that it becomes spontaneous. If these habits remain inherent in our life, then we won’t ever need to scour random motivation books for inspiration. A negative thought can drain you of all your energy. To lead a better, happier and more successful life, one has to get rid of his or her negative thoughts first. Never mind, if you find it hard to practice positivism. The below mentioned positive thinking exercises will certainly help you ping those negative thought bubbles.
Positive Thinking Activities
Be Positive While Talking
Always use positive words while talking to yourself or to others. When alone, engage yourself in inner dialogue. Keep saying ’I can’, ‘I will’, while talking to yourself and thus imbibe yourself with positivity.
Direct Your Thoughts
Try to control your thoughts. Whenever a negative thoughts starts to creep into your mind, replace it with some other thoughts. Try to remember a pleasant image or your past moment — of glories or success and get rid of the negative thoughts as they start to hit you. Think as positive as you can without being irrational.
Meditate And Practice Yoga
Meditation is one of the finest ways to get rid of the negative thoughts and induce positivity. Sit with your back straight, close your eyes and let your mind be calm and relaxed by not letting any disturbing or demeaning thoughts in. Make it a habit. Meditate for half an hour daily. It will help you immensely to get rid of all your negativities. Yoga also teaches you the art of breathing and how to overcome anxieties and negative emotions.
Believe In Yourself
Dale Carnegie said, “If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done. Be confident and trust your abilities. Lack of faith in yourself will always let you down. Believe you are well equipped to combat any challenge. Believe that you are the best suited for your job. There will be instances when obstacles will present themselves to hinder your advances, but only your self-belief can make you overpower those hindrances.
Read Inspirational Books
If you are finding it difficult to inspire yourself, then read an inspirational book to boost your moral. There are myriads of inspirational books available in the market. Choose a good book and go through it. Before picking a book take suggestions of those who have benefitted from a particular book and make a conscious choice.
Associate Yourself With Positive Thinkers
Nothing can be worse than being surrounded by negative people. Avoid such company. Try to be around positive thinkers, their thoughts will lift you up.
Look At The Broader Picture
There will be moment when outcomes will be contrary to what you desired or hoped for. Don’t make them drag you down morally. See every failure as an opportunity and a lesson. Learn from your past experiences. Understand that things could be worse. There are yet many reasons to be happy. There are times when certain failures open new doors. But most people are so blinded by their grievances caused by their failures that they hardly recognize it. Look at the brighter side of it as every cloud has a silver lining. Tell yourself that bad days are not permanent and they are bound to change. You are efficient enough to make that happen. Put all your focus on finding solutions to any problem. Take any challenge head on with strong conviction and determination and try to overcome it.
Picture what you want to accomplish or what you want to be. It works as a great motivational spirit. But don’t indulge in reverie. Work hard to reach where you picture yourself to be in your life.
Don’t Dwell On The Past
Take lessons from your past but dwell on your past. Try to forget your bitter and negative experiences. Erase them from your memory or else they will drag you down and overwhelm you with negativity.
Volunteer in some charity work. You will come across people who have much bigger problems than you have and all of a sudden your problems will appear atomic when juxtaposed to theirs and also the satisfaction derived out of helping others and changing others’ lives will leave you with an elevated and positive frame of mind.
These positive thinking exercises are no magic wands.They can’t change your thinking habits upside down overnight. Don’t expect a miracle. Each of the technique is rather a part of a concatenated process, which when implemented with outmost sincerity and care, will certainly push you slowly but steadily towards your goal. There will be times when find your mind will be overwhelmed with negativity, but these simple processes will certainly help you to drain all negativity out of your life in the long run. You have to be patient and persistent in your practice and just incorporate them in to your daily routine.