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7 Positive Thinking Techniques That Will Transform Your Life

The goal for Key to Victory is to provide tips that allow our readers to led better lives. Today, we will discuss ‘7 Tips for a Positive Personality.’

Whether you are looking to combat issues such as anxiety and depression or just finding ways to maintain your positive personality, these practical tips Positive Thinking Techniques will certainly help you out.

1. Positive People

‘You are the product of the 5 closest people you surround yourself with.’

A vast majority of our emotions is influenced by the interactions we have with our fellow beings. Therefore, it is crucial to support yourselves with positive supportive people – those that uplift you.

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“Oak does not grow in a desert. Oak grows among oaks.”
– Irina Viner, famous gymnastics coach

Emotions are contagious. If you are surrounded by people who make you feel good, you naturally become more positive and optimistic.

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What does this mean for you?

Analyse who you surround yourself with.

Eliminate the “negative people” or at least reduce the amount of time you spend with them. Be warned – this may not be easy. Those that have a negative influence on your life could be a family member or a seemingly close friend.

Identify positive people who have an uplifting effect on your mood.

 

2. Only FOP (Focus on the Positives)

Most times, you can predominantly only feel one emotion at a time. For example, you can either feel angry or you can feel happy at one moment in time. It is rare that you may experience both emotions at once.

What does this mean for you?

You have immense power to control which emotion you pay attention to. When you concentrate on the positive emotion, the negatives ones automatically have to take a back seat.

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Here is an analogical question –

How do you combat darkness in the room?

You can’t combat darkness. But, you can very well turn on the light.

Similarly, you may not be able to combat your dark negatives thoughts. But, you can very well allow the light from your positive thoughts take over.

In fact, every thought we have leaves an impression on the neural pathway. The more you think about something, the stronger is a pathway and stronger is your mental habit.

We often blame a negative experience in the past to be the cause of your negative emotion in the present. But, this can’t be fully true – the experience was in the past but your emotions are in the present.

Therefore, the perpetual negative thought process is something that you should consciously stop. Shift your focus to the positives.

So how do you do this?

  1. Notice your thoughts.
  2. Are they negative?
  3. If no, very good!
  4. If yes, consciously force your mind to focus on something positive.

 

3. Positive Expectations

When we are faced with an important of the difficult situation, we often worry about its outcome (expecting the worse) and potential hurdles we may face along the way.

Worry about a potentially bad outcome is dangerous – psychological research has shown that our expectations translate into self-fulfilling prophecies.

Here is an example –

Several artists believe that if they enter the stage with their right foot, their performance has higher chances of being successful.

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Even though this superstition has little scientific backing, it nevertheless helps the artists by enabling them to have positive expectations. This, in turn, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

“Stop worrying about what can go wrong. Start getting excited about what can go right.”

Understandably, it is hard to come out of comfort zones and try something new. I, myself, would often feel nervous before trying something new. During such instances, I would remind myself that “I am in search of adventures.” Doing this, allows me to be excited about the adventure and see it as something that will enrich my life (rather than make it tough).

All in all, expect the best – success, respect, health and wealth.

 

4. Have a daily ritual for positivity.

It is easy to have good intentions. It is a lot harder to follow through with it on a long-term basis.

“Giving up smoking is easy…I've done it hundreds of times”
– Mark Twain

So, how do you make sure that Positive Thinking techniques sustain throughout your lifetime?
Answer: You must incorporate daily rituals.

Here is the summary of an experiment that studied motivation factors for individuals who exercise.

There are 3 Groups.

  • The 1st Group is asked to write down and take control over the frequency of their workouts in the coming week.
  • The 2nd Group is shown a motivational video.
  • The 3rd Group is asked to fill out this sentence: “During the next week, I will partake in at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise on {DAY} at {TIME OF DAY} at/in {PLACE}.”

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Below chart illustrates the result of this experiment:

As the chart shows, the 3rd Group was far more successful in being consistent with the routine.

What does this mean for you?

Incorporate positive thinking into your daily schedule.

Just like physical body exercise, you must consistently do mental exercises that help you become more positive and optimistic.

There are several such exercises. My personal favourites are:

  1. Success journal: Write down 5 things you have accomplished in life (or in the last 24 hours).
  2. Gratitude journal: Write down 5 things that you are grateful for.
  3. Think about your goals. Visualise them as if they have already been accomplished. Immerse yourself in the potential feelings of confidence and happiness.
  4. Write down 3 Words that describe your ideal self. When you look at motivational speakers such as Brendon Burchard, you may automatically assume that they are born this way (a natural gift). On the contrary, these people (including Brendon Burchard) have worked hard to train themselves to think, feel and act this way.

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In fact, the 3 Words that describes his ideal self were – “Present. Excited. Bold.”

Find YOUR 3 Words – YOUR 3 Ideals.

When you have finalised your 3 Words, put a reminder on your phone to display these 3 words, 3 times a day. This will remind you to stay on the right track.

 

5. Smile

After I became a father, I noticed an interesting thing. When my daughter was just a few months old, I noticed that not only smile by herself regularly but she also frequently returned the smile to me.

Even a toddler (who can’t (yet) speak, talk or walk) has a natural ability to return a smile. Therefore, as an adult, when you smile, it is most likely that the others will return the gesture. This will, in turn, help you in staying positive.

In fact, interesting research showed that even when we force a smile, the body releases “feel good” hormones that automatically make you feel better.

 

6. Positive Metal Diet

For good physical health, we are often advised to stay away from junk food and exercise regularly.

The same applies to your mental health.

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Stay away from negative information. Instead, feed your mind with positive and useful information.

This may mean that you have to reduce the amount of time reading negative news. For example, the Top Google news for today is:

  • WSJ writer slams Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, says it looks like Dem parody bill.
  • Acting U.S. attorney general will testify before House panel
  • Parkland father on Gaetz advocating for border wall in gun violence hearing: 'Pretty offensive'.
  • Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion law from taking effect.

All in all, stay away from the negative and close to the positive.

 

7. Take good care of yourself

“He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” 
- Arabian proverb

In our modern day busy life, we often forget to take care of our bodies.

Here are 3 recommendations to take care of your health and body (I am sure you already know them):

  1. Eat healthy food.
  2. Exercise regularly – at least 30 minutes every day.
  3. Sleep for a minimum of 6-8 hours every day.

Emotional well- being is difficult when your body is not feeling up to the mark.

Always put yourself first – your body is your temple.

 

Here is a question for you – which positive personality technique do you use?

Igor Smirnov

Igor Smirnov

Psychologist, blogger, chess Grandmaster, Internet entrepreneur. Follow Igor on Facebook

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