Positive thinking can propel you into better life

Do you consider yourself a homebody especially when summer rolls around? I know I do. For the past few days I’ve had this annoying voice in my head constantly telling me that I’m insignificant — but it’s not for the reason you think.

For the past couple of months, I’ve been listening to an audio book called, “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale. It’s a great book that teaches readers to use scriptures from the Bible to affirm things over their lives, declaring and decreeing positive thoughts out loud that will bring readers health and success.

It also talks about how the thoughts you think can improve your health tremendously. “Actively cultivating positive emotions” has many health benefits such as “lower blood pressure, less heart disease, and better weight control” according to the Huffington Post and numerous studies.

To put words into action, this past week I’ve been setting goals in front of me, declaring and decreeing positive thoughts into my life. My first thought was to completely remove all the social media apps I have on my cell phone to prevent distractions from interfering with the plans I’ve set for my life. But when I did this, I felt as if I was becoming unimportant to the rest of the world. I lost most of my friends, and felt slightly depressed.

Interestingly, The Huffington Post had something positive to say about my particular situation. The article states that when you are achieving success in your life, “You no longer care what other people think. You only worry about what other people think when you still feel like you have something to prove. Conversely, you know you’ve ‘made it’ when you don’t worry about that anymore — when you’re true to yourself and your principles, and satisfied with your life, you’ve acquired success.”

So I’ve learned to appreciate moments like these because what a lot of people don’t see is me working behind the scenes. Right now, I’m working on my art, my talents and my future, and I don’t have time to tweet or post every second of what I’m doing with my life. The truth is that some people who have all the time in the world for social media most likely aren’t working as hard as the person who went off the grid.

So if this is you, please understand that you’re not irrelevant. Sometimes when you’re striving to be great, you have to go off the grid for a while. But when you appear again, people will see the sacrifice you made to reach your goals.

Love Yourself More: How Positive Thinking Can Transform Your Life

We all have bad days. Some of us more than others. Whether poor decisions led you to an unfavorable situation or there are circumstances outside of your control, sometimes it’s just hard to keep smiling and stay focused. Even when life gets in the way and things don’t go the way we hoped, there is always another chance and a brighter way of looking at things. You have the power to turn things around. Within each of us lies the ability to transform our lives and it starts in our minds. Using positive thinking and practicing self worth we can begin to love ourselves again. Finding purpose in our lives and more joy in our days. As long as you know that you can do better than your current situation and are willing to make the best of every day, then you can use that fuel to transform your life.

Prepare Mentally
Pick a day and make it a priority to become a new person, a better version of yourself, or the type of person you always wanted to be. Feeling sorry for yourself and doing nothing about it will get you nowhere. Both excuses and old, ineffective habits will need to be changed. As you prepare yourself for the dramatic changes, you’ll need to let go of doubts and start embracing self love – even when you sense fear sneaking in and even when you no longer feel like fighting. Pushing through these hardships by thinking positively and keeping your “eye on the prize” are vital to keeping a positive outlook on life.

Reflect and Meditate
Meditation is another great way to get into good spirits and tackle any situation confidently. Sit and be still in a meditative state. You’ll want to focus on letting go of mundane thoughts that keep you stuck in negative thoughts. Change the poor thoughts and feelings by taking the time to sit up nice and tall and breath to relax. Breathe in through your nose and out through the nose and just let yourself be in the moment with your mind totally cleared. See how just doing that exercise really helps change your mood.

Meditation helps with stress and even has the power to change how your brain works. The Washington Post covered one neuroscientist’s studies on the fact that areas of the brain changed when subjects went through a mindfulness-based stress reduction program using meditation practices.

Aside from meditation and quiet contemplation, you can also seek the help of a life coach who can help you get on the right path to attain happiness and peace of mind. Having an outside perspective on your journey is sometimes beneficial, as a life coach can provide an unbiased, yet ultimately positive perspective on how you can reach your goals, whether you’re looking to enhance your career, love life, or self image.

Take Stock of Positive and Negative Influences
As you make the journey to a more positive and prosperous life, think about how you treat yourself and how those who you keep around you make you feel. It’s important that you stop being so unfair to yourself and that you remain aware of any negative self critiques. These manifest in self-defeating thoughts like, “I’m not good enough for this,” “ I don’t deserve it” “I will never be able to” and have the potential to set you back from all of the work you have been doing to improve.

If you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to others or judging yourself and others, you’ll always set yourself back in terms of reaching any set goal. Instead, choose to embrace differences and accept the fact that some people will not be in your life forever and that you are responsible for your own well being. You need to make a conscious choice to stay away from those things, thoughts and people that keep you from achieving your dreams and that you defined as no longer necessary in your life.

Have the courage to say no when they come back up in your life and find tools for dealing with selfish people in your life. Take the initiative to “clean house” and retain only a circle of people around you who share your vision and are rooting for you and want to see you happy and successful.

Believe in Yourself
Dedicating time to making significant changes is among the most difficult steps in transforming your life. It’s an extremely difficult task, but there is no one who can do it for you. It takes dedication and the ability to push through obstacles on your own to succeed. Believing in yourself means telling yourself that you deserve success. Once you hold yourself to that standard, it’ll be much easier to make transformative choices. Telling yourself it’s OK to fail but that you’re not going to be afraid of negative things anymore can help you be stronger through your journey. As you begin to appreciate the person that you are and love everything about yourself – even your flaws, you can learn to feel better about being yourself and hold true to your dreams no matter what happens.

Choose Love
Many inspirational speakers and experts and will talk a lot about choosing love above all else. This idea, popularized by Deepak Chopra’s methods of meditation, helps you to forget about the things that have been keeping you down or limiting your growth and instead focus on things that make you happy, that bring love back into your life. By doing so, you will find the power to help guide and change your circumstances.

This means having faith even when it seems impossible and using our faith to help make our dreams to come true. If you can take time to appreciate yourself more and have more understanding and compassion, you will start to diminish negativity and see growth. Having true love for yourself is the best way to combat your inner fears and criticisms so you can once again love yourself and begin your journey to a positive life.

Marvin Shine is a writer and consultant who works with Think Coaching and covers news on social media, self help, and faith-based topics. His favorite hobby is fishing and attending college football games with his son and daughter.

Thomas Edison: Stepping on failure to stand tall

Besides inventing the incandescent light bulb that he’s greatly revered for, Thomas Edison is in equal measures idolized for thousands of failures endured before making that achievement. Considered one of the most persistent people in recorded history, the world we live in was revolutionized as a result of his famous inventions. The incandescent light bulb invention was especially plagued with the most failures but the persistence he deployed saw him develop other great inventions. Other prodigious inventions by Thomas include telegraphs, telephones, batteries, cement and phonographs.

In this respect then, reckon and ask yourself, how many of your endeavors have you tried and failed without even considering trying again for the second time? Was it playing the guitar or learning a new language?
Unlike you, the perseverance displayed by Thomas Edison helped him build a number of amazing things. As a result of this great man’s ingenuity, a number of modern conveniences can be attributed to him. In brief, we can learn a few things from Edison:

1. Persistence

It took Edison a period of fifty years for him to achieve any viable success in his many efforts of creating an incandescent light bulb that was long lasting. The goal was to find a type of material that was compatible in order to form a long-lasting filament. Originally, he put to use platinum but it only got to work for only two hours. Next, he tried experimenting with Carbon as its melting point was the highest. When this failed to produce the desired results, he tried using chromium, boron, nickel, platinum, molybdenum and even platinum once more. In the end, Thomas found a way of making Carbon function as the material for the filament and was able to light it for more than 40 hours.
We learn a very important lesson from the persistence that Edison displayed. If you are trying out something, never stop or settle for less. Always aim for the top and if you fall short of your expectations, TRY AGAIN!

2. Meeting the unmet need

The classical philosophy of marketing dictates that you should strive to fill the need that hasn’t been met. All inventions of Thomas Edison followed the simple trend of being practical things that the majority of the population needed, this included the phonograph, light bulb, batteries, etc.
Not only could Thomas invent things, he did invent practical things. Everyone can boast of a practical skill that they can put out there and offer the world, and just as the world was in need of the talents of Edison, it also needs yours. Do you have any ideas that would meet an unmet need in the world? What do you see around that needs improvement? This was the same kind of pondering done by Edison to get him to the level he reached.

3. Determination

Deep in his heart, Edison knew that he could make an invention with determination. The quest for inventing the light bulb took Thomas Edison a period of about four years. Edison in regard to his experiments in electric light said he was never discouraged or had any inclination to become hopeless. He knew there was a way of making the light bulb function and for it becoming a viable product for the general public use.

For those of us engrossed in obtaining goals, this is a very valuable lesson. You also should ask yourself this, how determined are you that you are going to attain success? Is your attitude right to accomplish the goals regardless of the shortcomings?

Thomas Edison managed to see thousands of better ways to perform things. He had to make things literally happen in order to become successful. He never saw all the failures he had encountered as really being “failures”. He famously said that even if he found 10,000 ways that something didn’t work he didn’t regard that as failure and that he couldn’t be discouraged. He emphasized that each wrong attempt discarded is nothing but a step forward towards success. Consequently, we should learn to turn our own mistakes into learning experiences and be persistent.

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