Think About It…
Now, it’s hard to say whether positive thoughts produce positive results because:
they prompt the body into a state of relaxation rather than stress, thus boosting our health, immune response, and mental clarity,
they put us in a better state of mind, so we are able to see more options and make better decisions, or
they carry their own unique power, Law-of-Attraction-style.
But does it really matter? If making an effort to steer your mind in a more positive direction creates definitive results, why not try it out? Best-case scenario: your performance improves, you reach your goal, and you walk off into the sunset, trophy in hand. Worst case scenario: your positive thinking allows you to have a slightly better-than-normal day.
OK, So What Do I Do?
Positive thinking seems simple enough, but anyone who’s tried it learns pretty quickly that it’s difficult to maintain for ten minutes, let alone an entire day. It’s extremely challenging to be aware of all your thoughts, notice when they’re getting negative, and pivot to something more positive. When you’re in the thick of it, changing your thoughts can seem more like a course in mental gymnastics than an attempt to be more positive. The exercises below can provide some momentum to incrementally boost you into a better mental state, so the good vibes can start flowing.