Picture the glass half full rather than half empty and imagine a challenge to overcome in each difficulty.
Does all this seem difficult to you?
Rest assured; you are not alone. Having a positive mindset and sticking to it is not an innate quality.
It is a faculty that can be learned, worked on, developed, and which has transformative effects on a multitude of things in your daily, family, and professional life.
A positive mindset is essential for managing an easier life. Here are some points of view that will help you to improve your mindset.
SEEING THE NEGATIVE IN EVERYTHING COULD BE… A GOOD THING:
Our current behavior is very much related to our distant ancestors. At a time when even the slightest misstep could cost them their lives, they developed techniques to focus on possible threats.
As a result, over time we also tend to over-amplify the negative.
This means that thinking in a positive way takes extra effort where the negative seems "normal".
We almost have to force our minds to see the good in everything. It's easier for some people than for others.
Education, culture, personal experiences, and personal encounters can greatly influence this faculty.
THE INVERTED TARTINE THEORY:
Imagine the following scene: in the morning, at breakfast, your toast slips out of your hands and falls to the ground, on the jam side, of course.
The day starts badly, and everything just keeps on worsening: you are leaving home late, it's raining, the road is jam-packed with people ... in short, nothing is going well!
By focusing on the negative, it is easy to see the negative everywhere. But what works for one direction also works for the other.
By focusing on the positive things, we also tend to see more of the positive things.
Your toast is spilled? No problem, you've cleaned up the mess in thirty seconds and can move on. Optimism is like a plant: it is cultivated.
THE TOOLS OF POSITIVE THINKING:
Know how to let go: with some exceptions, nothing that happens in life is profoundly serious.
Take a step back, analyse the situation objectively from an outside perspective, and breathe.
Take notes: When the negative assails you, pull out a notebook or your phone. What makes you sad or annoyed? Why? In what context? When you reread these notes a few days later, you'll realize it wasn't that important.
Continuously bounce back: you have to embrace challenges and new things. What matters is not how many times you fall, but how many times you get back up.
Cultivate yourself: listen to music you love, watch energizing videos, and read positive writing. Their influences on your behaviour are considerable.
Replace the negative with the positive: With each difficulty encountered, find out how you can benefit from it. Did you miss your bus?
This is the occasion for a good walk. You're bored?
Enrol as a volunteer. It's very rewarding and you always come out of it cultivated.
Having and maintaining a positive mindset is a daily challenge, but the more you practice it, the more natural it will feel.
You can even spread your positivity around you to get fitter and feel better.