Negativity can be emotionally draining. It’s so much easier on your mind and body if you focus on the potential happiness that life can bring you. Courtney E. Ackerman, author of MY POCKET POSITIVITY, shares an exercise that will help you embrace positive thinking.
Inspiration is a powerful motivator as well as a mood-enhancer— it can have a huge impact on how you feel! For this exercise, you will put your negative thinking on pause and allow yourself to dwell only on the positive.
- Think about a current problem or challenge in your life. Is there something that feels overwhelming or impossible?
- Consider your current thoughts about this problem. They’re probably along the lines of “There’s no way I can…” or “It’s too difficult to…” Write down these negative or pessimistic thoughts on a piece of paper with some space on the page in between thoughts. Now try the possibility mind-set: instead of focusing on all the obstacles between you and solving your problem or meeting your goal, think about all of the possibilities that this challenge opens up to you.
- For each negative thought, run it through the possibility mind-set, and write down what comes out on the other side. For example, “There’s no way I can figure this out” could become “I have what it takes to find the solution.”
- Do this for each negative thought. Once you have completed each pair, read through them and highlight, underline, or otherwise call attention to the positive thought. This will help you plant the new thought in your mind.
Revisit these positive thoughts whenever you need a little inspiration.
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