What is positive thinking really?
Some people I meet for the first time think that I have a “head in the clouds” idea of positive thinking since I have a Think Positive™ campaign, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In actuality, my opinion of a healthy positive attitude involves recognizing negativity, just not dwelling on it. We will never live in a world where there are no challenges; in fact we need challenges in our lives to grow. What could be better than to reflect on an experience thinking that it would be the end of you, only to find out that you made it through safely, wiser, and as a champion? Anthony Robbins was right when he said, “All that people really want is to feel good. They don’t want pieces of paper with deceased notables on them (money), they want the feeling they think they’ll get from having money.” How can you cultivate a lasting positive attitude? It’s simple but not easy. You have to build the habit of acting, thinking, and living differently than you may currently be doing.
How I stay positive
Over the course of the last 5 years I have read books, attended seminars, and interviewed countless people on methods to live a more positive life. In my video blog the most common theme among the people I interview is reading the bible, having faith, and living a life devoted to Christ. That may or may not be your cup of tea, however it is a recurring theme in my interviews. I believe that having faith is the key to having hope, and with hope that things will be better there lies positivity. I do have some routines that I do daily that keep myself motivated and in a great mood. These tips may sound simple in concept, most good ideas are, but they do work. Should you elect to try these three tips to build a more positive life let me warn you, don’t view them from a surface level because they seem so simple. If you want to reap the benefits of a lasting positive attitude you must put in the work. After all, a farmer doesn’t expect his harvest to grow overnight, he must tend his crop for weeks, even months before seeing his reward.
Tip#1: The Big Goofy Grin – The minute you wake up, and I mean the absolute second that you realize you’re awake smile the biggest teeth bearing grin your face will allow, and hold that grin for at least 5 seconds. Studies show that smiling releases endorphins, which will make you more alert and cause you to wake up in a better mood. Smiling also boosts the immune system.
Tip#2: Sing In the Shower – Singing in the shower sounds simple enough, but did you know that Time Magazine published an article that said singing actually reprograms the brain and releases oxytocin and endorphins, two stress relieving feel chemicals! Pick anything from the 80’s, which in my opinion was the “feel-good” decade for music.
Tip #3: Listen To Motivational Speakers – I think that this tip has had the largest impact on my life. Listening to speakers like Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, and Jim Rohn has ignited a fire inside me to be a better person and live a better life. We spend so much time in our cars that if we replace music with something enriching and nourishing to our mind, that our potential is unlimited.
As I said these tips may sound simple, but if you will build the habit of doing these three little things every day for at least two weeks I am certain that you will notice a difference in your life. Replace an old negative habit with a positive one and before long you’ll notice that things that used to bother you, aren’t that bothersome any longer.
~ Jonathan de la Garza