Our lives are often filled with challenges, which can sometimes make it very difficult to be positive. However, I know that choosing to be positive has helped me turn my life around and become a better me.
I find myself seeing the positive much more than the negative, which is a vast contrast from my earlier years! But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s easy-peasy, because it’s not.
Here are nine steps I’ve taken that have helped me see the positive more than the negative in life:
1. Say affirmations every day until they sink in and resonate within every cell of your being.
Sure, they may sound ridiculous initially, but overcome this and keep saying them until you absolutely believe them to be true! Every day I tell myself that “I am healthy, happy and energized; my mind is peaceful; my heart is full of love. I attract positivity, success, and abundance into my life.” This is a habit worth keeping!
2. Use visualizations to get clear on what you want.
Become a productive daydreamer — let your imagination become your best friend. When you add feeling to your visualizations (really believe it and feel it), you create positive energy, which helps produce positive changes in your life.
3. Create a vision board and place it where you can see it regularly.
In BIG writing, put the words "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You" on it to show the universe that you're thankful for everything you have, and for everything that's coming your way!
4. Practice expressing an attitude of gratitude for all that you have in your life.
Gratitude allows us to participate more in life; it allows us to reshape the meaning of any situation. You notice and appreciate the positives more than the negatives, and that magnifies the pleasures you get from life.
5. Listen to joyful music.
Music can energize or relax you, and experiencing inspiring audio can encourage you to be the best you can be.
6. Read motivational books.
These make you feel empowered and excited about your personal growth journey.
7. Put inspiring quotes around everywhere for you to see.
It's the same as above — if you surround yourself with inspiration, you're bound to be inspired!
8. Surround yourself with people who lift you up.
Finding the right people to share your life with is one of the most difficult areas of life, but if you make an effort to surround yourself with positive, uplifting people, you'll begin to feel the effects quite quickly.
9. Practice meditation.
Meditation will bring you peace in daily life and make you more conscious, aware and mindful — a huge relief in the midst of our chaotic, multitasking lives.
Do as much as you can every day to become a better and more positive you. Take notice of all the beautiful things around you, as opposed to being blinded by the chaos in your life. You'll be amazed at the positive feelings you will experience in your mind and body. The more intentional you are about thinking positively, despite the negativity you face, the more you will experience life in its true light. And thanks to you, the world will also be a better place because of your positive attitude and energy.
Belinda Anderson is a Life & Wellness Coach, Author of Living from the Inside Out, A Guide to Healing and Transforming your Life from Within, Women's Wellness Retreat Facilitator, Speaker and Meditation and Pilates teacher.
Belinda works with women who are ready to ignite their light and zest for life through one-on-one coaching, online group programs, and life-changing and soul-nourishing Wellness Retreats in Fiji and Ubud, Bali.
Belinda's mission is to help you create a life you love from the inside out so that you can live your healthiest and happiest life.