Think positive! How many times have they told you this? Well, you know that they are more than words. Thinking positive is a method, which has different strategies and which is more than useful to escape, among other things, stress, apathy, anxiety or irritability.
There is point in all strategies to encourage positive thinking: recognize negative thinking. It is not easy to see «the other side» of things when one is under stress or anxiety situations, but sometimes it is possible to recognize different ways of perceiving a situation.
Once you are able to remember that there is more than one way to approach things, you can put into practice any of these techniques:
Stop negative thinking
For negative reflection that you may be doing at any given time. As soon as you see that your feelings are being negative, you have to try to resist the temptation to immerse yourself in that emotion and aggravate it. To do this, we advise you to prolong the reasoning. Try to think rationally and do not take it to «all or nothing.»
We can stimulate positive thinking if we imagine, step by step, an event that we know is going to cause us stress, but from which we come out gracefully, we cope well and we achieve success. For example, imagine a job interview: recreate each stage of the journey to where it will take place; imagine meeting the interviewer, smile, shake hands confidently, answer their questions persuasively, and finally imagine that you win and get the job.
Emphasize the positive
Unpositive people have a tendency to ignore or belittle the gracious side of life. Therefore, a good strategy is to make a list of the positive aspects of your life.
With this technique we manage, on the one hand, to obtain a clear perspective of the current problems you have and value them in their fair measure. On the other hand, it will help you reflect on those changes you would like to make to improve your life.
If this technique works for you, you can complete it making a new list, but this time, with those changes you want to make, classifying them into categories such as health, relationships and work.
The American Psychologist Carl rogers, creator of client-centered therapy, argued that each person has an intrinsic worth. He found that positive thinking is more common in individuals who had unconditional positive regard from their parents as children. Therefore, he suggested that a person in adulthood can learn to hold himself in good regard and become his best ally; thus their thought patterns tend to be positive naturally.
For his part, the chemist and psychotherapist Emile Coué developed the strategy of autosuggestion. His method is based on the daily repetition of affirmations or positive phrases about oneself. Expressions such as «I am a valuable person and I have a lot to offer» or «every setback is a new challenge.»
Today some of these techniques have materialized as the “house brand” of some well-known commercial brands such as Mr Wonderful. So let’s finish by following one of his recommendations: Today will be the best day of the week!