Put Positive Thinking Into Practice

love your body Aug 15, 2016

The greater part of your happiness or heartache will depend solely on your attitude, not on your situation. You must put positive thinking into practice.

As you go about your daily life you are continually considering and analyzing the circumstances you find yourself in. You have an inner voice that psychologist’s call ‘self-talk’ that determines how you comprehend every situation. Self-talk isn’t just mindless chatter; it is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head at any given moment throughout the day. These thoughts can be positive or negative and arise from logic and reason, or misconceptions and a lack of information.

If your thoughts are skewed towards the negative, self-talk has the potential to be like a runaway freight train creating its own troublesome reality. It’s important to pay close attention to the things you tell yourself; recognize that your way of thinking might be self-defeating and getting in the way of achieving your goals.

Negative self-talk will influence how you live your life and keep you from getting the best out of it. Continuing to tell yourself that you can’t do something can make it come true. Conquer your negative self-talk by asking yourself, “Is this way of thinking helping me to reach my goals?”

Positive self-talk allows you to approach life’s difficulties in a more confident and productive way. It doesn’t mean that you keep your head buried in the sand and disregard unpleasant circumstances, it means you think the best is going to come about, not the worst. A positive frame of mind enables you to cope with stressful situations and live a vibrant and energetic life. Studies indicate that optimistic people practice healthier habits and are more likely to be physically active and follow a wholesome diet.

Negative Thought           Positive Thought

I'll never be able to do this.                                    I can make this work.

I'm too out of shape.                                               I will start from where I'm at.

It's too hard.                                                             I like a challenge and will do my best.

Like food is to the body, self-talk is to the mind. Don’t let junk thoughts echo in your head; stop focusing on what could go wrong and focus on what could go right. With practice your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance; if your compassion doesn’t include yourself it is incomplete.

I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582


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