It is a mental attitude that expects good and favourable results. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it finds. Not everyone accepts or believes in positive thinking. Some consider the subject as just nonsense, and others scoff at people who believe and accept it. Among the people who accept it, not many know how to use it effectively to get results. Yet, it seems that many are becoming attracted to this subject, as evidenced by the many books, lectures and courses about it. This is a subject that is gaining popularity.
Negative thoughts, words and attitude bring up negative and unhappy moods and actions. When the mind is negative, poisons are released into the blood, which cause more unhappiness and negativity. This is the way to failure, frustration and disappointment.
One way to do this is once you have identified a negative thought try to replace it with more realistic thinking rather than pessimistic thoughts. For example, instead of saying to yourself, “why does this always happen to me?” try to remember a time in your past when you had other challenges and then remember how you managed to overcome those challenges. You will feel much different if instead of saying, “Why does this always happen to me?” you replace the thought with, “Okay, it seems I have hit another bump in the road, but I know I have had worse and I am still here, so I know I can find a way to succeed with this as well.” This method of focusing on the solution rather than the problem will lead you to feel empowered, rather than overwhelmed or victimized. This works for all situations, whether it is a health, financial or relationship issue.
10 tips for overcoming Thought Attack
- Recognize negative thoughts as they take shape and bury them before they take root. If you feel your mood darkening again, put a stop to these dangerous musings before you succumb to them. Rule your emotions; don’t let your emotions rule you.
- Hang out with people who think positive as well. This condition can be quite infectious.
- Just as contagious is a negative mindset. So, avoid people who tend to think negatively on a constant basis. After all, who wants to hang around naysayers all the time?
- Work out and eat right. If you look good on the outside, it’ll be easier to feel good on the inside, too.
- De-clutter. Surround yourself only with the things you love and that make you feel good–framed family photos, favourite books, potted plants, and works of art, or whatever else that’s meaningful to you.
- If people tell you can’t do something, take that as a challenge and prove them wrong. Chances are, they themselves can’t do it or are too afraid to try and are simply bitter about it. If you show them, it can be done after all, maybe they’ll even be inspired by your success. You can be a living tip for positive thinking to them.
- Just when you’re about to blow your top for all the seeming misfortunes that befall you, remind yourself of all your blessings instead. This practice can be very sobering, indeed.
- Be a volunteer or get involved in charity work. Not only will you realize the sheer number of people who have bigger problems than you do, but there is also such an emotional and even spiritual high to be experienced in helping others.
- De-stress. You’re more likely to be cranky if you’re perpetually stressed out. So, get away from it all and recharge.
- Keep it up. Getting started is easy. It’s the maintenance that’s tricky. Make a habit out of thinking positively till it becomes an indelible part of who you are.
A word of caution: While visualization is crucial, what is equally necessary is actually working towards your goal. Remember, fate supports those who work hard. Attitude and thoughts do not change overnight. Just think Positive in your mind, Heart & Soul and make a habit of think + ve. Don`t ever try- I want to Do but always try for I love to Do.
Prof. Satya Sidhartha Panda
Skill Enabler | Career Catalyst I Human Architect I Author
Bengaluru , India