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The Power of Positive Thinking Part 2

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 To continue on the idea of positive thinking, I wanted to elaborate more on how it is implemented into our daily life. I asked my good friends Mireille and Ian, some of the most positive people I know, about what their daily positive inspirations and how they incorporate positivity into their lives.

 

Mireille Sine (Runner, Dancer, Motivator)

What are some of your daily positive inspirations?

I’ve noticed that this changes depending on what I need at the time. For example, a few months ago, the first thing I would do after waking up was greet the day and tell myself how great of a day it was going to be. (“Good morning, Monday! Today is a great day.”) That was a period where I struggled to get out of bed either from lack of sleep or external/internal stress from daily life.  I don’t have this problem anymore, so I’ve taken to looking at myself in the mirror while brushing my teeth and saying strong statements about myself. This could be “I am worthy” “I am loved”, anything and everything in between. I try to give myself what I need in the moment or in that day.

My favorite positive inspiration would have to be listening to a podcast on my way to work. It lets me learn about other things I’m interested in and it’s a really calm way to bring in the day. Currently, I’m listening to a podcast about meditation and mindfulness called 10% Happier with Dan Harris. So much good information!

When do you feel that having a positive outlook is the most challenging?

I would say it gets harder when things have been tough for a long time and you start to feel like you can’t win. It’s really easy to get down on yourself in those times. However, I do think those are pivotal times to make a plan of action and to find your WHY.

Knowing your ’why’ makes it easier to ignore distractions and intensify the focus in your life.

Even if things may not look great at the moment, just the reinforcement that you’re working towards something bigger and better helps to maintain that positive outlook.

When do you feel that having a positive outlook is the most chalHow have Positive Affirmations changed you?

Positive affirmations have changed me because they’ve helped change the language in which I speak to/about myself in my head. If I do have a negative thought throughout my day, through practice I am able to cast that statement aside and replace it with something more honest and real. In my earlier days, I used a daily affirmation app and I would write down whatever came up that day. Over time and through practices like journaling, reflection, and meditation, it became easier to be kinder to myself.

Ian Evans, Writer, Motivator

I define positive as a characteristic of being good, certain and affirmative in the presence of instead of the absence. To remain positive I use tools that energize my mind to be positive and the most important tool I use is music. I listen to certain songs that have many positive lyrics that I listen to and sing as affirmations accompanying upbeat sounds and production that add value to my life. Some  of my favorite songs are: Kenny Loggins “This Is It”, Patti LaBelle “New Day”, Kanye West featuring Young Jeezy “Amazing”, Celine Dion “That’s The Way It Is” and Michael Jackson’s “Almost There”.

The music I listen to makes me dance, sing and makes me grin or smile. The physical changes immediately lead to me feeling GOOD and feeling GOD. I put a big grin on my face sometimes and hold it that helps me to feel positive and look positive. It’s hard to feel bad about anything when I put a big smile on my face and it helps me maintain a positive attitude and disposition. I find it the hardest to stay positive upon hearing bad news, someone treating me unfairly or becoming anxious or upset about a situation I may be in. I have to grow into positive affirmations which are words I speak to myself to help me feel good about who I am.

Usually when walking or talking to GOD in prayer I am reminded that “I am important, I love myself, I am feeling good about who I am becoming” these lines and words help me grow, build and follow wisdom from within with prayer. These are some aspects of my own positive thinking and awareness.

Christal Lauren

What are some of your daily Positive inspirations?

Focusing on being grateful gives me the most inspiration to be positive. When I wake up I give thanks to God for giving me another day. I pray first thing in the morning. This helps me set the mood for the day. Throughout my day I try to go about looking on the “bright side of things”. For example, if work is difficult, I will focus on the feeling of relief when I’m off as opposed to how hard it is at the moment.

I surround myself with positive influencers so that I can stay in the light. When I need a quick boost of positive energy I will listen to some of my favorite songs. Music and dancing always makes me happy.

When do you feel that having a positive outlook is the most challenging?

Being positive during adversity is always a challenge. It can be challenging because the mind naturally wants to go towards the negative. Sometimes your mind tends to think things like “Why did this happen? When will it end” Changing these thoughts soon after you have them is the defining moment.

Throughout the years I’ve been practicing redirecting my focus. Running has taught me the power of positive thinking through a struggle. I do my best to apply what I’ve learned to my daily life.

How have positive affirmations changed you?

My life has completely changed because I’ve implemented positive affirmations into my thought process. I believe heavily in the power of “I AM”. By stating “ I am happy. I am confident. I am strong. I am healthy”  you are speaking all of these things into existence.

Affirmations remove doubt and fear from your mind. You are no longer thinking “I can’t” when you actually CAN.

Realizing the power of positive thinking takes a while but you will find that your life will change once you redirect your thoughts on the good.

 

 

XOXO
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