A lot of us are under the impression that opposites attract. Now, while this may be true for the likes of magnets and couples, actually, throughout the rest of life, the opposite is true : like attracts like. Basically, this means that if you learn to harness the power of positive thinking, you’re guaranteed to attract more positive circumstances.
Don’t be fooled – this isn’t like Karma. Where Karma is seen as a reward/punishment mentality, positive thinking is based around the Law Of Attraction.
With a cynical, negative mindset, poor circumstances, behaviours and situations will arise. Flip this and channel a positive, joy-filled mindset, and you will find yourself natural attracting the same back. Like attracts like!
This isn’t to say we won’t have down days – it’s actually pretty normal to feel crappy sometimes. You can feel discouraged, overwhelmed and frustrated; let yourself feel these things. These emotional responses are feedback; important hints that your body is prompting you to make a change and keep pushing forward.
Choice is a powerful thing…
Staying positive in the face of adversity is a conscious choice you can make. It can take a lot of dedication and determination, because the process of choosing positive thinking actually requires you to rewire your brain. However, if you can master this strategy, you’ll find your mindset shift & changes, not only making you focus on the good in your life, but also ensuring good is attracted straight back to you.
If you fancy using positive thinking to harness success for yourself, because like attract like, here’s some motivational tips to get you back in control of your own thinking and implement positivity.
Meditation is an incredible way to clear negativity from your life and bring about a healthy emotional change or balance.
Meditation refreshes the mind and centres us by ridding your body of harmful chemicals which cause stress and anxiety. Meditation is the reset button that allows your brain to unplug, switch off and tune out negativity. Then, you can easily learn to turn your brain back on and tune into more positive frequencies. Meditation requires commitment-to-cause, because it’s very easy to not prioritise it and make it a ‘job for later’. However, when practised regularly, you will be left with a clean slate and a more refreshed, positive perspective, which will in turn create an abundance of success, whether that be in business, career, everyday life or hobbies.
2. Create a Plan
It’s very normal to worry about your present or future, especially at the minute when everything is so uncertain. But what is certain, is that nothing good will happen if you don’t promote some positivity through mindset and energy. Here, we love formal plans, with detailed breakdowns. But if you’re not quite up for creating a detail-focused plan, start with a less intense list of important actions you need to do each day to move towards your goals. This could include meditation, working out or fulfilling various jobs on a to-do list.
By doing this, you rid yourself of fear and get inspired to take action! You get to cross things off the list and create the life you want – that’s some pretty positive stuff right there!
3. Practice Gratitude
Research has show that practising gratitude makes us happier. It floods our brains with dopamine to drown out negative thoughts or anxious feelings. Feeling gratitude naturally invokes the Law Of Attraction – if you make an effort to be grateful, you will find you are blessed with more things to be grateful about.
It’s not always easy to focus on things we should be grateful for, so we suggest keeping a ‘Gratitude Journal’. In this, you can document your Road To Success, listing everything you were grateful for, or achieved, throughout the day. Over time, you’ll see your lists becoming longer, as you utilise gratitude to bring you more success!
4. Be Kind – to yourself and others
Omitting kindness has been proven to make us happier and less stressed.
Research has shown that kindness is contagious – if someone if kind to you, you’re likely to pay it forward, and the person who receives your kindness will do the same, further implementing kindness to others.
Kindness also inspires gratitude, and makes us more inclined to be grateful. So, if you’re finding practising gratitude hard, do a good deed and you’ll notice how great you feel. Part of the reason it’s so easy for us to be miserable and unhappy is because we tend to get stuck in the ‘My World’ mindset.
The ‘My World’ mindset is an attitude where the individual solely focuses on themselves without much consideration for others. If we can free ourselves from looking inwards, and instead look outwardly to those around us and be kind to ourselves and others, our world expands, opening up our mind to receive more positive things, in turn, bringing success.
You must also set aside time to do the things you enjoy. Relaxing in front of the TV is great for a short switch off period, but do not neglect your hobbies, social activities or passions. It’s easy to forget that if we have the energy and willpower to slave away for eight or so hours a day with little reward outside of financial gain, we could easily spend an hour or two a day doing what we actually enjoy.
Again, remember the Law Of Attraction — like attracts like.
If you hate your job, but never do anything other than work, you will be unhappy and unfulfilled. However, if you utilise your free time to engage in activities you enjoy, you will begin to look forward to those moments, rather than dreading everything else. This is incredibly important, but remember to not get caught up in the payday-to-payday mentality; hating your job and working solely to fund your lifestyle.
5. Change Jobs
If you are finding yourself stuck in a work cycle, where nothing seems to improve there despite shifting your mindset, it might be time to look into changing something further.
There are lost of companies still hiring. The world goes on despite lockdown and despite how you’re feeling. If you’re bored at work or feel like your ethos doesn’t match that of your companies, that’s not a good scenario. Sometimes, sitting down and airing your concerns to someone at work can change your entire job role to one more suited to you. And sometimes, you need to consider a complete change in jobs. It’s important to not stew in our unhappiness – if you feel significantly unhappy at work, some change must be made in order to promote positivity and success. You could volunteer for a special project, or initiate a new idea. This shows leadership qualities, gets you motivated and thinking about new things, and likely will positively impact your company, therefore positively impacting you. It’s all about harnessing that positive impact to drive you forward to achieving success in your mindset, and success in your life.
6. Decrease Stress
A level of stress can often help us perform better, work smarter and get jobs done. However, an amass of stress, or stress over a long period of time, often causes things to go wrong in our lives and often stress, particularly emotional, is self-inflicted.
Think of stress as being like a fire, and all the other bad things that come with it, such as sadness, anger, sleeplessness and anxiety, as the smoke. If you can extinguish the fire, the smoke will dissipate. But fan the flames, and the smoke thickens.
You can decrease stress by maintaining and healthy body and mind:
Drink plenty of water
Eat balanced meals
Exercise (even a little!)
Don’t sleep with your phone by the bed
Take time to do the things you enjoy
Have mental ‘check-ins’ with yourself
By increasing the presence of these things in your life, you can usually eradicate some of the stresses you feel, or at least identify why and when you’re feeling them most. By doing this, you can put in place positive, proactive measures to counter these stresses and work your way to achieving success in these areas. Less stress is literally more healing.
7. Choose YOUR OWN Happiness
Be your biggest fan!
Use daily affirmations to correct your mindset. Our new FREE Guide has a list of these for you to utilise.
Tell yourself at least once a day that you are beautiful, talented, or just plain awesome. Do this for a while and you will come to believe it. Pep talks work — they motivate, inspire, and uplift.
Don’t exaggerate or lie to yourself, simply view life in a ‘glass-half-full’ way. For example, the next time something goes wrong, instead of telling yourself “This is bad,” instead affirm, “I can handle this” or “I will be okay.”
Also, remember that nobody gets to decide how you feel. Only you get to do that. So, be aware of your emotions and take what you can use from them. Then let it go! Try and let 90% of what bothers you go, you’ll find yourself becoming more and more unaffected by negativity and on a journey to creating your own happiness and success.
Try to laugh in the face of sadness (even if it’s forced!), and more laughter will follow.
What you tell yourself, you will believe.
So, be kind.
Even with lockdown and social distancing in place, you are not alone. Reach out to a friend, colleague or family member who isn’t as close to your situation. These individuals can help see your circumstances in a different light, showing you new options more clearly.
Utilise video apps like Zoom or Teams to have a ‘Master-mind session’ with your friends. Rotate turns assisting each other on any issues that have arisen, their goal clarification and action plan. Supporting each other strengthens your relationships, is highly productive, and most importantly, fun.
This method will not only spur you in the direction of success, it will enable you to do the same for your friends. After all, that’s what friends are for.
Research has clearly proven that exercise is a BIG factor when it comes to positivity and success. Even if you only get in 30 minutes every other day initially, you’ll find it acts as an endorphin booster, shifting your mindset and making you more proactive. Take these steps beforehand to encourage you to exercise:
Putting on workout clothes naturally makes you feel good, and you’re ready for exercise, so you can’t go wrong!
Drink lots of water – hydration is key!
Make a kick-ass playlist to motivate and invigorate!
Workout with a friend, even over Zoom – accountability is key!
Schedule a time for your workouts & set an alarm
Download an app – we love 8FIT, it’s free and has a great progress tracker too!
The times when you don’t feel like exercising is usually when your body needs it most. Taking care of ourselves physically is so critical to everything else we want to do in life. You can’t take care of anything or anyone else, if you don’t take care of you. It doesn’t have to be intense and your workouts don’t need to defy science, just move your body every day. Sleeping, eating healthy and exercising—the facts are clear about what we need to do. Prioritize your mind and body above all else. Remember : you are in full control of how you treat yourself.
10. Don’t Dwell
This is the bottom line really. The statement does what it says on the tin. Focusing on the negative or dwelling on things that have brought you down is never going to make you feel good.
Instead, shift your perspective and focus on the possibilities of positivity. Over time, finding instant perspective, alignment, and moving forwards with a positive outlook can become a habit. You will find new personal and career related growth.
In short, change your course and keep going. Life is hard, and positivity takes practice. But, you can start by choosing to be a more positive, calmer, happier, healthier version of you, fully in control of your life, fears, doubts and aspirations. Now, more than ever, it’s going to take a whole lot of resilience, grit and determination to achieve success.
Finding a new job will be tough.
Advancing in your career will be tough.
Maximising your business sales will be tough.
But, we are wired to win. Giving up is not an option. Utilise the strategies above and try everything you possibly can. Research every idea from the ones you already have and try those too. It’s not going to start with an instant fix, where tomorrow you wake up in Bali on a yacht. But, by just making incremental mindset changes, by continuing to push forward towards our goals with an attitude of positivity, gratefulness and kindness, we can achieve success, not just for the now, but for forever.
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