Positive thinking is an important factor in your life. By thinking positive you are putting yourself in the position to better your health. Negative thinking can harm you because of the effect of the actions that you may make while thinking negative. Having a negative attitude overall will just slowly but surely impact your health, so here are some steps on how to think positive to achieve joy and happiness. (Image by Wavy1 via Flickr)
We’ve been told that one of the keys to becoming a successful leader and to creating a successful life is to see things as they are and not worse. But if you’ve been beaten down and suffered setbacks such as unemployment, it’s hard to see the positive.
If you truly believe that regardless of what you do today, it won’t positively impact tomorrow, you are destined to fall short of your potential. Keep the following six concepts in mind to eliminate learned helplessness:
1. Change is possible. If you don’t think your finances or life can improve, then you won’t take any steps to make them better. You must first open your mind to the possibility that your current financial situation actually can improve. If you are still having a hard time accepting this, ask if it is possible for your life to get worse because of steps you take. If your life can get worse as a result of your actions, there’s no reason it can’t get better too.
2. Think big. Think outside of your self-imposed restraints. If you think big enough, you will have the motivation to take the initial steps and the fuel to keep progressing even in the face of challenges and disappointment.
3. Get perspective. If your friend were in your situation, wouldn’t you encourage her to think about her situation objectively and to take whatever action that is appropriate? What would you tell her?
4. Set goals. Just the act of setting goals will help you overcome the feeling that you have no control over your future. The energy and thought process required to set goals will get your mind thinking in a whole new way.
5. Achieving successes. One of the best ways to overcome the belief that your actions don’t affect your future is to start achieving small successes. While goals must be big and motivating, there should also be small and achievable goals along the way.
6. Consider a different viewpoint. Dr. Seligman’s research on learned helplessness inspired him to look at optimists and pessimists and examine how both types of people explain good and bad events. In his book, Authentic Happiness, he writes that, “Optimistic people tend to interpret troubles as transient, controllable, and specific to one situation. Pessimistic people, in contrast, believe that their troubles last forever, undermine everything they do and are uncontrollable.” In short, if we can change the way we explain the events that occur in our lives, we will be less likely to suffer from learned helplessness.
You do have influence over your life. Even if you don’t believe it right now, act as if you do. Start small so you can begin to see how your actions produce results.
By using these tips and thinking positive, not only will you have change in your life but you will impact others who want to know how you’ve began to think so positively and you can refer them to these tips here.