“Change your thinking. Change your life! Your thoughts create your reality. Practice positive thinking. Act the way you want to be, and soon you will be the way you act” ~ Les Brown
Would you agree that what is currently happening in your life is mostly a reflection of what occupies your mind? It is important that you are conscious and mindful of the thoughts that you entertain daily. If you spend your time thinking “lack”, guess what? That’s exactly what you will experience. The universe is a vibration of energy including our thoughts. Whatever you feed your mind sits on your subconscious mind (which cannot filter and doesn’t separate reality from non-reality). So when you spend your time thinking that you are not good enough, that you are broke, that you are unhappy, that you don’t have much, that you don’t deserve this and the other and so on, the universe will serve you just that. The universe simply says, “your wish is my command”.
I have not always known about the power of thoughts and the impact it has in our lives. I was not aware of the law of attraction on the thoughts and how it translates to the physical. This is something that I have learnt in my adult life and subsequently adopted it which has changed my life significantly. I have since been making it a habit to practice positive thoughts and developed self-awareness to see when I’m having negative thoughts. It was a conscious decision that I made to ignore negative thoughts that creep in the back of my mind. This usually happens when you go through challenges and trying times. One is most vulnerable during the difficult times when you are not your best self.
The way people view the future helps determine that future. Optimistic people have greater persistence, focus longer on challenges and work longer to solve them than the pessimistic people. Optimists experience less stress and recover from setbacks more quickly. “People who have meditated for a long time have structurally different brains to those who haven’t.” They don’t easily get moved or swayed by challenges, critics or challengers.
It is easy to be cheerful when everything is going according to plan. But, it is when you encounter unexpected setbacks and difficulties that you demonstrate to yourself, and the world around you, what kind of an attitude you really have. So, the question is, do you crush and feel like the world is coming down on you during these setbacks or do you remain steady, firm and confident knowing that you have the ability to overcome those challenges? Only you would know the answer to this. The ability to remain resilient, calm and strong during these times is mostly influenced by the types of thoughts in your mind. Positive thinking is then something that you want to start practicing.
Once you practice the habit of thinking positively, you will notice amazing changes all around you. Your brain will actually begin to operate in a state of free-flowing feel-good hormones, which will make you feel lighter and happier. You’ll also notice a major boost in confidence and will feel more capable of taking on new tasks and challenges that might have previously been outside your comfort zone.
By reducing your self-limiting beliefs, you will effectively release your blockers and experience growth like you never imagined. Basically, you can change your entire life simply by harnessing the power of positive thinking. Positive thinking also reduces stress and promotes balance in your life. With all these benefits, how do you still allow yourself to dwell on negative thinking? Why still carry on focusing on the things that go wrong in your life? Training in mindfulness, meditating, removing distractions and taking better care of your health will improve your overall wellbeing and achievement of goals.
Thato’s nuggets on practicing positive thoughts:
- Practice simple mind exercises and techniques (like meditation)
- Always think of abundance rather than lack
- Direct your thoughts – meditation is a very good technique for this
- Self-talk (get rid of negative self-talk)
- Keep your mind on what you want, and keep looking for ways to get it.
‘Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you are probably right’ ~ Henry Ford