No matter where you are at in your life, it is sometimes easy to get caught up in seemingly constant negative chatter about what’s going on in the world. That negativity is part of human nature. It has been there since the beginning of time. That doesn’t mean that you have to let it affect you. Whether it’s your own thoughts coming from an event in your own life or it something being talked about on a larger scale in our society, acquiring a habit of noticing the positive side of all situations is the best solution to transforming your mental perspective.
To start, keep in mind that optimism is a quality held by those who are able to show leadership – so learn to identify the trap of negative thinking and reroute yourself and others around you to improve your ability to enjoy life. Here are a few examples of negative thoughts that might enter your brain:
Feeling you are a total failure if you don’t do something perfectly. Dwelling on the negative aspects of a situation and forgetting the positive ones. Automatically anticipating the worst. Blaming yourself for any challenge or obstacle that occurs. Since optimism and positivity are leadership qualities, keep in mind it’s not about ignoring the difficult times or the struggles, but rather looking for constructive solutions. Here are some ways you can shift away from a pessimistic attitude to gratitude:
Give yourself the right to laugh and smile during hard times. Making others smile and laugh too. Surround yourself with positive people. Negative thoughts are contagious, never forget that. Maintain an active lifestyle. Exercise releases endorphins, which is a “happiness hormone.” Find at least 3 things to celebrate every day – or at least one! See challenges for the growing experiences they are, not as failures. Maintaining a positive attitude provides resources needed to face and overcome challenges. When you encounter a difficult time in your life, look at it as an opportunity to learn and grow.
“Life is a Reflection of your thoughts. If you change your thinking, you change your life”