1. DECIDE WHY BEING MORE POSITIVE IS BENEFICIAL
People who are more positive are happy, productive, and more successful. Are these some of your goals? If you enjoy complaining and get warm feelings when others commiserate with you, then it’s not worth your time and effort to be more positive.
2. READ A GOOD BOOK ON POSITIVE THINKING
There are thousands of good books on the subject of positive thinking. From Napoleon Hill to Jack Canfield to Wendy Merron (can’t resist the opportunity to advertise my book here lol!) The secret to learning from a good book is to read it and then take action. Change something in your life –it doesn’t have to be a monumental change–but take some action!
3. LEARN WITH OTHERS
Personal development seminars, courses, and workshops to help you be more positive are on the net. You might even find one in your area. The best way to choose one is to speak to someone who has attended. Some of the best I know are by people who aren’t household names.
4. SUBSCRIBE TO A BLOG
A blog is great way to get weekly or daily reminders. It’s human nature to forget that we can direct and change our thoughts. Getting short reminders can help keep you on track. Google “positive thinking sites” and you’ll have your pick.
If you are the type of person who spends a lot of time examining your thoughts and wondering why you are the way you are, you’ll benefit greatly by getting out of your space and helping others. People who help others find that they tend to feel better about themselves. It’s a win-win situation.
6. WRITE A GRATITUDE LIST
Writing a list is a great tool to help you to focus on the good things in your life. First thing in the morning write a short list of 3 or 5 things that you are grateful for. It doesn’t have to be serious like “I’m grateful that I live in a country where I have the right to vote for whomever I please”. You can be grateful that it rained last night. You can be grateful that you only had one ice cream sundae yesterday.
7. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE MORE POSITIVE!
Jim Rohm said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” (I like to believe that we are MORE than the average of these five people.) Are your friends and colleagues constant complainers? Do they enjoy whining? If so, then maybe it’s time to find others who are striving to be more positive and optimistic.
What tips do you have to feel more positive? Share them in the comments section below.