When it comes to life, do you rise to the challenge or let situations get the better of you? On a day to day basis do you have a positive or negative outlook on life and everything that it chooses to throw your way? Life can be challenging at times, there’s absolutely no doubting that whatsoever. How you choose to deal with it is completely in your own hands.
There’s a lot to be said for having a positive outlook on life. Achieving this state of mind however, is sometimes a completely different situation. From an exercise point of view, the emphasis on positive mental attitude is massively underappreciated and misunderstood. Have you ever been in the gym and thought about lifting a certain weight and then stopped and talked yourself out of it? It could be your mind and not your body that is stopping you from achieving a new personal best or reaching that level of excellence.
Positive mental attitude is important in an array of situations; sporting excellence is just one of them. It can take you to a place you’ve never been before and have you experiencing feelings and emotions which you’ve never felt before. What’s more, it’s contagious and will continue to develop both within and between individuals you choose to spend time with. So how can you achieve this desirable state of mind? This article aims to find out just that:
To kick us off and get us started, it’s important to recognise and appreciate where your negative thought processes initiate from. If this doesn’t occur then you can become trapped in a vicious cycle and these thoughts can start to overtake your life. Take time to think where these negative thoughts stem from and any patterns that emerge.
Keeping thoughts and emotions bottled up is the worst thing you can possibly do. Confide in a family member or friend and let it all out. Simply by expressing yourself in this manner you’re allowing these negative emotions to leave your mind. Not only that, but you might find new perspective and rationale following this release.
Once you’ve identified your negative source and expressed your feelings, you are now in a position to be able to deal with this. Tell yourself that you will remain positive and seek to always find positives in your given scenario rather than focusing on the negatives. For example, I will recover from my injury and return stronger than ever.
After you’ve been forcing yourself to be positive for a while, allow yourself to consciously appreciate this shift and how it is working for you. Not only will in give you further control, but simply by contemplating this shift in attitude should further develop positive thoughts and feelings. Keep moving forwards and aiming high.
Your negative thought processing didn’t develop overnight, nor is it likely to disappear overnight either. Put all this positivity into action and begin to introduce it to all of life’s stresses and strains. Eventually this forward way of thinking will begin to become second nature and your sub conscious will start to take over. Treat this shift as a journey.
So there you have a step by step process to alter your mindset and begin to significantly enhance your positive mental attitude levels. Remember there is no quick fix or easy answer and this mindset shift will take time. Whether you apply it to your work, family or social life, why not make the conscious decision to do something today and reap the rewards tomorrow