Some people are born with a positive attitude. Fortunately, those who are not so lucky can learn to be positive thinkers and gain confidence.
by Brian H. Robo
For nearly a century, mothers have read the inspiring story of “The Little Engine That Can” to their children. Mothers may not realize the powerful message of confidence and willpower shown by the little blue engine struggling to climb one mountain and the other to deliver a train full of toys to babies. But his child turns the phrase “I think I can” into a personal mantra. A Methodist pastor reinforced a similar theme in his best-selling “The Power of Positive Thinking,” which was published in 1952 and remains popular today. Today, the message of positivity is being carried around the world by such luminaries as life coach and author Tony Robbins and his Success Messages.
Does positive thinking work?
Although science is yet to ascertain the exact link between positivity and the human brain, study after study suggests a definite cause and effect. Johns Hopkins Medicine claims that a positive attitude generally improves health outcomes and life satisfaction. More importantly, his research proves that each of us has the power to become more confident and positive in our lives.
Positive thinking alters brain chemistry by producing serotonin and dopamine (the “feel good” hormones) in neurons that originate in the middle of the brainstem. In turn, they affect genetic markers and can alter brain cells. The change of genetic traits is a catalyst for our well being and that of the generations to come. Positive thinking is also associated with the growth of cells that boost your immune system. Psychologist Daniel Goleman claims that the brain’s response to positivity is “increased creative thinking, cognitive flexibility, faster processing, and an extended duration of attention.”
be a positive thinker
Some people are born with a positive attitude. Fortunately, those who are not so lucky can learn to be positive thinkers and gain confidence. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of self-help therapists have programs that can improve one’s self-image and positivity. Developing a positive attitude is usually a process of letting go of old habits of negativity and replacing it with confidence. While some can be hard to break, no habit is so ingrained that it can be changed.
Most suggest some variation in the following actions to master positivity:
1. Surround yourself with optimistic people
People, especially mothers, have long recognized the power of union. “A man is known by the company he keeps,” “Lie down with the dogs and you will rise with the fleas,” and “The birds of feathers flock together” are evidence of the influence of one’s partner on our behavior. and attitude. Renowned motivational speaker, Jim Rohn claims that everyone is the sum of the five people they spend the most time with. If you tend to associate with negative, cynical, or sad people, chances are you will be the same.
Connect with the people you admire most and who represent the kind of person you want to be. In turn, they will inspire you to be the best person you can be.
2. Embrace Your Achievements
Every life is full of victories and defeats. Whether the cup is considered half-empty or half-full, it is often our attitude that makes a difference. Practice celebrating victories—even small ones—such as meeting a deadline, completing a task you dislike, or solving a difficult problem. Consider obstacles and setbacks as problems to be solved by recognizing the knowledge gained through failure. When asked about years of unsuccessful experiments to make the light bulb, Edison replied, “I haven’t failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
True success comes from persistence, effort, and applying the lessons of the past. Failures are always temporary until you give up.
3. Convert Capacity to Capacity
Humans are born with a great deal of potential – one’s innate physical, intellectual and emotional abilities – but little capacity without learning and practice. For example, a child has the physical equipment (two legs) to walk, but mastering the skill requires training. The Einsteins and Hawkings of the world don’t emerge from the womb, citing “E equal mc squared” or theories about black holes. His insight was the result of years of study, flawed hypotheses and difficult mathematical calculations. In other words, he turned his potential for intellectual breakthroughs into potential.
Being positive does not mean folly or false confidence, but recognition of one’s current abilities, realistic expectations of possible outcomes, and willingness to accept small victories until the desired outcome is achieved. A “pivot” is not a failure, but a change in attitude to a better one.
4. Build Positive Momentum
Change often happens in small, hesitant steps. The first step is always the hardest, but once you take it, the second becomes easier. The more you do, day in and day out, and the more you celebrate your victories along the way, the more positive you will become. That positivity has a ripple effect. As the pace picks up, you will want to do and achieve more in all the different areas of your life.
One of the most unproductive ways to deal with a difficult situation is to beat yourself up mentally. You will never be happy and satisfied unless you manage your negative self-talk and treat yourself well. Many people find the quickest way to feel better is by doing something nice for someone after a disappointment. Doing good makes us feel good, and the people around us will respond in kind.
Perception is the lens through which we view reality. Perceptions affect how we focus, process, remember, interpret, understand, synthesize, make decisions and act on reality. However, as stated by Psychology Today, the main problem is that “the lens through which we experience is often first fueled by our genetic predispositions, past experiences, prior knowledge, feelings, preconceived notions, selfishness, and cognitive distortions.” deforms in place.”
We change our perceptions by desire, education and practice. Some criticize the practice of “to fake it”, comparing this feeling to self-deception. However, a more thoughtful understanding is that we become what we practice. Writing “The Story of Philosophy”, Will Durant recognized long ago that “we are what we repeatedly do. So. Excellence is not an act but a habit.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times