Can Positive Thinking Transform Your Life?
Ever meet someone who’s always positive regardless of their situation? If you ever had, I bet you asked yourself, “how can they be like that with what they’re going through?” The easiest way to find out is ask them. Then, take their advice.
Think about it like this. You go to school to learn things from teachers who went to school to teach things. Your teachers become your mentors. Decide what you want in life, then start finding those mentors… those people who have what you want and then model yourself with what they did to achieve it.
Understand the behaviors, strategies, beliefs of the person you intend to model. What words, phrases and tones do they use when they speak? What sort of questions do they ask?
What range of emotions do they have during the day? Do they ever succumb to anger, if so how and why? Then find out how they dissolve the anger and how long it takes. Positive people do experience intense emotions, but they have strategies to quickly flip a negative emotion to a positive one.
When you model people, you really find out how they think and react to situations. People who are optimistic about life, can show you the way. Optimistic people have a very powerful mindset about being and staying positive. There are many optimistic people who have either written books, or had books written about them. Read them all.
For example, ‘The Rock,’ Dwayne Johnson is known for having a positive mindset and achieving goals. To model him or someone similar, you would research and then write down everything you could find out about how they think. How do they react when the going gets tough? Do they use anything like meditation or Neurolinguistics programing to strengthen their mind? Were they always positive thinkers and if not, what specifically did they do to change their mindset?
You may think that modeling ‘The Rock’ is something that may be difficult because you’re still working on building your positive mindset and seeing a picture of his muscular body might have you doubting yourself. If so, you need to stop and tell yourself there are people from all walks of life who have a positive mindset.
Take a look at ‘Ted Talks’ which features many speakers with an ironclad positive mindset. Sean Stephenson, whose parents were told he would not survive the first 24 hours of his birth, is a fine example. He is confined to a wheelchair and very happy at age 35.
Your age does not define your mindset. You may be 50 years and struggle finding a positive attitude. Think about Dr. Harlan Van Over, who started taekwondo in his fifties and now at the age of 94, he continues to study and practise. When he was asked how it is possible to do taekwondo at age 94, he told people that his body wanted to say no, but his mindset said yes. Dr. Over states that he has a very positive mindset and he’s able to use it, to make his body respond.
Your mindset is everything, it doesn’t matter if you are overweight, very shy or are confined to a bed. Build your mind and with your positive mindset, you can still find ways to transform your life.