The world is a much better place when you feel happy and positive about your day. If you struggle to feel this way and would like to change your attitude, we've put together a little plan to help you create a positive mindset in 5 easy steps.
Altering your mindset to one of positivity can be done quite successfully when you commit to the idea.
It takes time, but following these steps on a daily basis will help you feel more accomplished and enable you to share that positive outlook with the wider world.
The first task when trying to shift to a more positive mindset is to start being more aware of how you feel.
In our previous post about beating stress we talk about the value of meditation. Just checking in with your mind and body for 5-10 minutes each day is a great start to being more self-aware. It's a mindfulness technique that has proved very popular.
If you can tell when you aren't at your most positive, you'll be more successful at shifting your mindset in the longer term.
Take some time each morning to gauge your feelings, think about what might have made you feel less positive and make a pact with yourself to let that go.
It's not always easy, but with practice you learn to feel more positive, have more gratitude and generally lead a more fulfilled life.
Gratitude, as just mentioned, isn't always an easy concept to grasp.
Do you feel grateful? If so, what are you grateful for?
Many people will answer with 'their family', 'their health' and maybe 'their job', but what are you grateful for?
It's really important, if you want a more positive mindset, to learn to appreciate what you have. Don't focus on what you lack, but be grateful for the amazing people and opportunities you have in your life.
Give yourself time to ponder on this every day. Focus on both the big and small aspects of your life that maybe you take for granted. In our Original & Mid Year Planners we prompt you each week to write down what you are grateful for.
This leads us on to talk about a concept that's widely used in the Law of Attraction approach.
An abundant mindset comes from the view that you always have enough, that there are plenty of resources and opportunities in your life. You feel generous, you share, you give, and you feel gratitude for what you have.
Conversely, a scarcity mindset focuses on what you lack in life. You never have enough money, time or resources, you feel resentful and negative and live a life of fear that you will lose everything.
The terms were originally shared by Frank Covey over 25 years ago in his book The 7 Habits of Successful People which helps people realise their goals in life and achieve success.
If you have a scarcity mentality it's highly likely you're holding yourself back from being successful. Learn how to change your mindset to a more positive abundance approach.
Keep a track of you feel and what you think. Use our planners for example to log how you feel about a new day as soon as you get up. If you want to really journal in more depth you could use an Everyday Journal or Chic Journal.
Don't be afraid to fake it till you make it. Write down positive quotes and affirmations and tell yourself today is going to be a good day.
Use examples such as:
Writing down such thoughts and goals holds us accountable. We naturally veer towards a more positive outlook knowing we are trying to achieve success.
Finally let's discuss the idea of affirmations.
Affirmations are positive statements that we tell ourselves repeatedly to help us overcome negative thoughts.
Have you ever thought that you aren't good enough for a task? That you won't be able to succeed at a particular opportunity?
Negative attitudes like this hold us back. Thoughts such as these are often self-fulfilling - we tell ourselves we aren't good enough so much we start to believe it.
So what if we turned that around? What if we told ourselves how great we are? If we do this enough, we will truly believe it.
These positive mental repetitions aren't just wishful thinking, they really do make us feel and act differently.
A popular new feature for 2019 planers has been the Monday Pep Talk, written in 1st person as a kind of positive affirmation to start the week.
The Hello Day Planner reminds us that each day is an opportunity to turn over a new leaf, start afresh and take one step closer to our dreams and goals.
We hope you have a positive day and we'd love to know if you have any other tips for creating a more positive mindset.
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