How To Practice Optimism

Is your glass half empty or half full? Perhaps one of the most cliché questions one could ask. However, the answer to this question is typically indicative of one’s greater outlook on his or her entire life. Studies have shown that both pessimism and optimism are each linked to opposite ends of the health and well-being spectrum wherein positive thinking is linked to better health, productivity, and an overall better quality of life.

Back in June, I discussed the challenges and strategies for finding happiness in your life. If you wish to read through that post as well, see blog post: How to Find Your Own Happiness.

This week, I wish to share with you my top 5 tips to encourage a more optimistic perspective in your day-to-day life. As always, the audio version for this post can be found on SoundCloud, iTunes, or Google Play.

1. Guide Your Energy

Guiding energy was discussed in July’s post: How To Use Flow To Get The Results You Want on the Law of Attraction. The idea is that our thoughts all operate at a certain frequency/vibration that attracts similar frequencies back into our lives. Many philosophers over time have theorized that how you think will create the energy in your life. Long story short, negative energy attracts negative results. Use the power of positive thinking to guide your energy towards yielding more positive results in your day-to-day.

2. Stop the Negative Self Talk

What is self talk? Self talk is the ongoing stream of unspoken conversation running through your head.  These conversations can be positive or negative.

Negative self talk can not only negatively impact our mood, it can also impact our perspective; making small problems large, and even creating problems where none existed. The more positive self talk you practice, the more positive your perspective becomes, but how?

  1. Figure out the areas you typically approach most negatively (work, relationships, etc.) and focus on the positive attributes of them.
  2. Check in periodically with yourself throughout your day to assure your thoughts are positive. If they aren’t, focus on spinning them the other way.
  3. Don’t say anything to yourself you wouldn’t say to others. When negative thoughts about yourself enter your mind remind yourself of your most shining attributes.

3. Create a Vision

Visualization and the power of the mind is the secret behind success. Studies have shown that visualization is one of the most powerful techniques to achieving what you want in life. Before you are able to believe in a goal, you  must have an idea of what it looks like. This is where your vision comes into play.

Where is it that you want to be? What is it that you want to feel? Through visualizing your potential future, you will become motivated and prepared to make the moves needed towards them. This tactic is not a gimmick, rather a performance enhancement technique that when executed properly can yield excellent results. Choose to focus on the outcomes of your goals and the results will expand into the rest of your life.

4. Seek Inspiration

Inspiration is in abundance these days (think movies, books, podcasts, YouTube videos) Find whatever works for you! Seek resources that will reaffirm the vision for your life that you have created, and incorporate those into your regular routine. By watching and listening to others succeed in the areas you wish to as well, the idea that you too can succeed will become reaffirmed within you.

5. Focus on Resiliency

Optimism does not mean you need to act oblivious and ignore life’s more unpleasant situations. It simply means that when faced with misfortune, you actively choose to approach it in productive and positive way. Positive people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity.

Focus your energy on being adaptable, accepting, and grateful of these difficulties. Learn to cope with the realities and challenges of life trusting that things will work out eventually. Optimism through adversity will certainly yield more pleasurable results than the alternative.

Choose optimism, it feels better.

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