MoHow Posted By: Dr. MO Optimists believe that positive things happen more often than negative things. When they have setbacks in their lives, their thinking helps them deal constructively with the situation. Research has found that people who think this way experience less stress, are less prone to depression and anxiety, maintain momentum, persevere more, and succeed more often.
We can all develop more optimism and reap the benefits of a positive outlook, and in this article I offer tips on how to become optimistic, whether you’re dealing with small issues or major health, family, financial, or work challenges. You can develop this more positive outlook by taking small, repetitive steps to change the way you think. Developing the habit of thinking optimistically takes practice and time, and is well worth the effort.
If you want to be more optimistic here are 10 tips that will move you in that direction…
Begin by tracking your thinking. Listen to what you say to yourself when you feel upset. If your thoughts are negative, replace them with positive ones.
Practice new positive self-talk. Create alternate ways to think about situations, and write them down. For example, if you think, “I’ll never be able finish the race,” say, “I will complete one mile at a time.” If you think, “I can’t do it,” say, “I have done similar things in the past.”
Use the Exercises that are included in the momentum mind training course on the maintain momentum website to track your thoughts, and practice your new positive self-talk.
Distract yourself. If you are upset and thinking negatively you can get temporary relief by distracting yourself. Play a game or do some exercise that requires focus.
Have more fun. Laugh to eliminate negativity. Watch a funny movie, read some jokes, play with a young child.
Spend time with positive people. Moods and ways of thinking are infectious. Chronic complainers sap your energy even if you aren’t aware of it. So, spend as much time as you can with people who are uplifting.
Be grateful. Pessimists are not thankful. When you spend a few minutes each day thinking about the good things in your life, or sharing them with a friend or family member you will foster optimism. Keep a “gratitude journal” and write down the things that you are grateful for. If you are maintainm momentum member use the MoPad journaling tool.
Focus on what you can control. We all start to feel pessimistic if we try to control things that are beyond our control (like traffic or the weather). Focus on doing all you can to improve what you can control… learn to control your thinking.
Develop and maintain healthy habits. Optimism is easier to maintain when you are physically and mentally fit. Eat well, sleep well, and get 30 minutes of vigorous exercise at least three times a week.
Ask for help if you need it. The Momentum Mind training course or a MoCoach from maintain momentum can help you with additional strategies if you have recurring pessimistic thinking that is negatively impacting your life life.
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