When we think of positive thinking, what do we think about?
Stopping negative thinking; starting positive thinking! Black vs White! Supposedly easy, but easier said than done!
We know that positive thinking is beneficial to us mentally and emotionally, but to enable us to even start thinking positively, surely it will help us if we consider the consequences of negativity, and how negative thinking desperately impacts our lives and wellbeing!
When we can’t feel positive, we know we focus on negative things which becomes a downwards spiral – a self-fulfilling prophecy.
So how can we kick-start positive thinking and banish negative thinking? Here are 5 easy steps on changing the negative to a positive to give you real results.
List the things that create negativity in your life, work or business – in doing this it will help you to identify what your perceived obstacles or roadblocks are e.g. lack of energy or lack of motivation
Note all the negative words you have used in the list above, changing the negative wording to positive wording – this will help you to change the way you focus on things
List actions that could neutralise those things on your negative list – these are usually small steps you will need to take to work towards creating positive outcomes
Note how you will feel if you complete those positive actions, the emotional benefit – write down all those good-feel emotional words that bring positive energy towards you
Write down the reward you will give yourself upon achieving each positive action – choose a great prize, giving yourself well-deserved recompense to instill motivation
An example below:
Feeling I can’t achieve my goals
CAN’T – change to CAN
If my goals are broken down into small steps it will feel more manageable
Achieving my goals and believing in myself will make me feel stronger and give me more confidence in myself to achieve more
Treating myself to a nice glass of wine or taking time out for a hobby e.g. game of golf, or even just finishing early for the day
Debs moved to New Zealand in 2007, is married to Jeff, lives in North Canterbury and loves the kiwi lifestyle.
Between them, Debs and Jeff have 6 children and 10 grandchildren who all live in England. She visits every year to spend special quality time with them all.
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Debs is a qualified Life Coach, with the NZ Institute of Business Studies (NZIBS), hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), studied in Humanities and Social Science and tutored First Line Management courses levels 3 and 4 at Aoraki Polytechnic as well as setting up and running other training programmes, conferences and workshops.
Debs is a professional public speaker, a member of Toastmasters International since 1992, has held national and training roles in NZ, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Debs is also a member of the National Speakers Association NZ (NSANZ).