by Kara Masterson, Contributing Writer
Positive thought is more powerful than you can ever imagine, and the science supports this. It gives you a significant boost in productivity, improves your physical and mental health and helps you achieve the success you seek. These are five points everyone should read about why the power of positive thinking is both strong and important, and how you can harness it to succeed in your own life.
It Benefits You in Numerous Ways
Positive thinking has been proven to have a number of benefits for your mind and your body. For example, people with a more positive outlook are less likely to develop heart conditions, experience less stress and ultimately live longer lives. It sounds bogus, but plenty of scientific studies have backed it up over the years. Positive thinking is inextricably linked to good health. It turns you into someone people will actually want to be around and gives you a better ability to cope with stress and hardships in life.
It Is Infectious
One great thing about positive thinking is that it is infectious. It influences the lives of those around you for the better. Think about it: aren’t you happier when you are around other people who are happy? You can be that person for others. Improving the lives of those around you is always a noble goal, and if you can do so while improving your own life, what are you waiting for?
Have Goals and Strive to Meet Them
In order to keep yourself optimistic but still realistic, setting goals and then mapping out ways to reach them is an important step in harnessing the power of your positive thinking in order to succeed. All the positive thinking in the world won’t have an impact on your life unless you act upon it. Rather than waiting for a problem to resolve itself or thinking it will never go away when it actually can, you need to take action to do better. Successful actions beget positive thought, because you will now know that such achievements are possible.
Surrounding Yourself with Positive People Is Key
Surrounding yourself with positive people can, understandably, increase your own positive thinking. You should always be looking to cut negative and toxic people out of your life. If you cannot, you will have to find ways to manage it so their moods do not affect yours. However, it is still advised to distance yourself from these people, no matter how close to them you are.
When surrounded by positive people both in your work and personal life, you will feel better and more valued, like you can conquer the challenges of life. You can also attend seminars and listen to motivational speakers like Dallin Larsen and others. Take steps to bring positive people into your life in any way possible.
Learn to Identify and Manage Negative Thoughts
You are going to have a more difficult time harnessing the power of positive thought if you are unable to recognize and deal with negative thoughts in a healthy manner. For example, when something bad happens, we tend to blame ourselves. This is a type of negative thought called personalization and can be dealt with by working to realize that many bad things that happen in our lives are beyond our control.
Another example is when you focus only on the negative elements of a situation and not the positive ones, or when you always assume the worst is going to happen. Once you identify these negative thoughts, you can learn to manage them and replace them with positive thoughts instead.
Positive thinking affects far more than your mood. It also affects your physical and mental health, the way others see you, your job performance and so much more. Everyone, but especially proud pessimists, need to read and seriously consider the preceding five points on positive thinking. It’s a powerful tool you can add to your arsenal in order to succeed both professionally and in everyday life.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.
by Lyn Lomasi; Owner of Intent-sive Nature & the Brand Shamans network
This idea came to me from an interesting creature who we call our mean bird. So, we will start with him first, before moving on to what I call "The Mean Bird Syndrome".
In our backyard, among other things, is a pear tree. In that pear tree resides a special bird who we have dubbed "the mean bird". He is often found in or around the pear tree, even when there is no fruit in the tree. There is also no nest in the tree, so it seems he just likes the tree.
If any person or animal happens to be in the backyard during the time he is in the tree, he yells at them very loudly, making it clear he wants not a soul around him or his precious tree. If a creature comes near the tree, that's when he chases them away, screeching at the top of his small bird lungs, sometimes even pecking at the creature during the process. He won't peck at people, though, just animals.
If he happens to be outside when the kids want to play, I usually end up having to chase him away, as he often makes it clear he does not want us there. However, he doesn't scare easily. It takes some effort on my part.
Have you ever seen a grown woman yelling at and shooing a small bird? It's pretty comical, so long as you're not the one doing it. Many times he will keep coming back and yelling right back at me and sometimes I have to laugh because although it is clear he is threatening me, I think it's quite cute and funny that a creature so small would even attempt to challenge a human.
Since I don't believe in harming any creatures, even cute little pesky ones, we just continue to deal with him, which brings me to what I call "The Mean Bird Syndrome".
Many people have a "mean bird" around them at some point in their life. It may be a person or a creature. This mean bird can greatly affect a person's mood if they let it. When that happens, that's what I call "The Mean Bird Syndrome".
While this can be avoided by not letting negativity affect a person, many people still fall victim to The Mean Bird Syndrome. So, how can it be avoided? Well, simply don't let the mean bird's negativity affect you. Keep your positive outlook. No matter what your mean bird says or does to you, do not take those words or actions to heart.
There will likely be many negative people and events in a person's lifetime. You can't let them steal your happiness. This can be hard, especially when words and actions are harsh and hurtful, but being strong and always using the negativity to create a positive force will help you avoid The Mean Bird Syndrome.
Using your positive force may even cause that mean bird to become your friend one day.
As for the mean bird in our pear tree, well I'm still working on making him a friend. Food helps for a few moments, but not long. However, we still aren't letting him put a damper on our outdoor fun. In fact, sometimes he makes it even more fun with all his carrying on.
Thankfully, he's the only mean bird around me right now. However, if and when I cross paths with another mean bird, I'll keep my little "friend" in mind and be sure I do not fall victim to The Mean Bird Syndrome. Will you be sure you don't?
Get your copy of the children’s story and activity book, “Thank You, Mean Bird”, inspired by our bird friend.
P.S. Our mean bird was a Grackle, a common bird seen around the city of Houston, where we used to live when this was first written.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network