Positivity is a big thing I push for here on the blog. I firmly believe that attitude can change everything, and that the more you push yourself to be positive, the better things will be. However, I know from personal experience that that’s a lot easier said than done. If developing a positive attitude were as easy as flipping a switch, we all would have done it by now, right?
Today I thought I would share some of the methods I’ve used to become a more positive person. Although I am all about positivity now, I can admit that hasn’t always been the case. For a long time, my instinct was to turn to the worst case scenario when things went wrong. In a way, I think it’s human nature. But I have since discovered the importance of remaining positive in challenging situations.
#1: The conscious effort
As I mentioned earlier, positivity doesn’t happen over night; it requires patience and careful planning. The first thing I did to become a more positive person was make the clear and conscious decision to incorporate positivity into my life. If you’re the type of person who likes to set goals and make to-do lists, this step is a must-have. But even if you’ve never been the list-taking type, you should really consider giving it a chance. Something I’ve learned over the years is that when you say a goal aloud or write it down, you’ll be a lot more likely to follow through with it. By telling myself this was something I was going to do, I felt more compelled to do it.
After making the conscious decision to be more positive, I started looking for ways to incorporate positivity into my life. One of the first things I did was create a Pinterest board entirely devoted to inspirational quotes. While quotes might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I love having a space dedicated to them. The inspiration is incredibly uplifting, and it helps me stay in a positive mindset throughout the day. If you don’t have a Pinterest, you can find cute quotes to use as phone wallpapers, or you can start posting them on Instagram more often. All that matters is that you’re surrounding yourself with good words and good thoughts.
Another thing I’ve found to be helpful in my quest to be positive is planning. Early on, I noticed that a lot of the negativity I was experiencing stemmed from feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. I thought maybe if I took the time to write things down and keep my agenda organized, I wouldn’t feel so negative. Excitedly enough, it worked. The more time I spent planning my day out, the less negative I felt.
While you may want to be positive all the time, you have to remember that there will be times when that isn’t possible. Be willing to accept that negative thoughts and emotions will spring up and focus on how you can react to them rather than how you can control them. Acceptance will make positivity much more achievable because it means you’ll be setting realistic standards for yourself. If you don’t allow yourself at least a little wiggle room, you’ll never be able to attain your goal of positivity.
Lastly and most importantly, I’ve focused on new ways to express gratitude. I take time every now and then to think about the things in my life I am grateful for. It helps me have a clearer, positive mindset. If you’re struggling with where to start, this is a good place. Think about the parts of your life that mean the most to you and try to keep them with you as you go throughout the day.
Okay, I think that about wraps up everything I wanted to talk about. I hope you got something out of this, and I’d love to hear about the techniques you use for staying positive.
Thank you so much for reading!
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