Do you need to start a thinking positive challenge?
The more I read every day, the clearer it is to me that developing a positive mind is worth more than gold. And on Take Your Success, my number one focus is to provide value so readers can improve their lives.
So, I thought what better way to improve your life than developing consistent positive thinking? I don’t know if there is anything better.
Do you know why staying positive is necessary?
Negativity Surrounds Us
The reason this challenge is relevant and why you should join me is because negativity is everywhere we go.
As we grow up, we quickly learn the world is a negative place full of injustice. Then, if our own negative experiences aren’t enough, social programming through people around us and the media does its best job to give us a negative outlook.
For example, we go through life experiencing heartache, broken families, sickness, or depression, to name a few brutal realities of this world.
Then, if we go on social media or we turn on the television to watch the news, we only see negativity like political slander, murder, or war. Positive and hopeful stories don’t sell, so the media only reports on what is depressing.
The problem here is that if negativity is what you’re used to experiencing, you begin to see the world through a negative lens. The world’s negative pressures influence your mind to have a negative outlook.
And negative thinking has virtually no benefit to you. If anything, it is a mental cancer that drains your energy, causes procrastination, worsens situations, turns people off, blocks achievement, and limits your joy.
What makes this situation worse is that it’s easy to be negative because it takes no effort, while staying positive requires some mental strength.
But, the work it takes to be positive produces amazing results that are beyond worth it. Let’s analyze why.
Why Thinking Positive Is So Crucial
Thinking positive is so crucial because your reality is directly affected by your mental perception. In other words, your thoughts influence your actions. Your actions ultimately become who you are as a person. And who you are as a person determines the legacy you leave on this earth.
Essentially, your thoughts determine the outcome of your life, so the stakes are huge.
Thinking positive gives you freedom to expect the best in other people, encourage others in your conversations, have inner peace, and enjoy life. Where negative people can’t see past life’s storms, positive people realize it’s only a momentary hardship and soon they will be wiser from it.
For example, after being rejected from a job, a negative person will tell themselves they’re a failure, their future is ruined, and they’re worthless. A positive person can face the same scenario, but tell themselves that this company must have not been the right one for them. They only need one company to want them, and they’re going to work hard until they get it.
Who do you think has a better chance of getting a job? The answer is obvious.
Because positive people provide more value to others and themselves based on their mindset, plus they’re absolutely happier, I’m committing myself to the 7 Day Thinking Positive Challenge.
The 7 Day Thinking Positive Challenge
The 7 Day Thinking Positive Challenge requires you to consciously strive for positive thoughts the entire week. When you notice negative self-talk beginning to grow, kill it immediately with a positive thought.
If something negative happens, begin to think about the good or learning experience that can come from it.
This isn’t to say that you act naive to believe everything is inherently good, because some things in this world are extremely bad. Instead, the 7 Day Positive Challenge is designed to help you choose productive thoughts and actions, rather than making negative situations even worse with more negativity.
Readers, I would love for you to join me in this thinking positive challenge!
(If you’re reading this after the publish date, it’s never too late to start the challenge and renew your mind.)
How To Be Positive
If you want to be successful in this positive challenge, then follow the 15 steps below to filter the world with a brighter lens and become happier.
1. Choose to be positive. The most important aspect to being positive is choosing to be positive. It seems too basic to be true, but I’ve discovered this is absolutely the case. You can either be negative with what life gives you, or choose to be positive. Keep this in mind as you continue reading this list, because each positive step first comes down to your decision.
2. Be thankful. Feeling unsatisfied, jealous, or disappointed? Grab a pen and a piece of paper to write down every single thing you’re thankful for. Start with food and water, a bed, and then let your mind go. Soon you’ll realize how much you can be grateful for and your mindset will change from unsatisfied to positively thankful.
3. Smile. Each human’s DNA is hardwired to feel happier after smiling. Smile by yourself or at someone else to experience how your brain begins to feel happier. It’s remarkable! And I bet the positive feeling from a smile is why smiling is the universal language of kindness across every culture.
4. Positive body posture. Like the idea of smiling to feel positive, upright body posture works the same way. Sit or stand tall, shoulders back, chin up, and chest out to let your body help your mind to start thinking positive. Studies have proven that positive body posture transfers to a more positive mind.
5. Encourage others. A genuine effort saying “I thought of you” can make someone’s entire day. Call your mom or dad, send a long text to an old friend, or write a letter to your significant other. You’ll become happier as you think of their excitement to hear from you.
6. Serve someone. Doing an act of kindness for someone else allows you to gain a greater perspective outside of yourself. You’ll instantly feel great and life’s little trials won’t hold as much weight when you’re reminded of the important things in life.
7. Generously give. Giving money to a stranger is an awesome way to improve their day and your day. Is the server having a rough time attending to ten tables at once? Give a generous tip. Another great way to bless others is to pay it forward by buying the person’s food or beverage behind you. As the saying goes, it is far more rewarding to give than to receive.
8. Change your goal. Many people are far too hard on themselves because they shoot for perfection, which is impossible to achieve. Instead of striving to be perfect, strive to make progress. This will help you stay positive, and most likely be more successful.
9. Focus on the present and future. As much as you may try, you can’t change the past. What you can control is how you respond today and tomorrow by using your mistakes as wisdom. The most successful people got to where they are, because of how they used their previous failures to their benefit.
10. Listen to your favorite music. Music certainly has the power to change how you feel for the better. If you’re having a rough day, rock out to your favorite music to change the momentum. Full disclosure, listening to Taylor Swift gives me great positive vibes. It’s cool though, Clayton Kershaw and Kevin Durant feel the same way.
11. Stay away from the negative haters. One of the biggest deterrents to living a positive live is the negative people around you. Your friends can easily drag you back to a negative thought cycle if you let them. When they start being negative, the key is to change the subject to something more positive and don’t add to the fire. If they are constantly discouraging, then you might want to reconsider the friendship. Or you can use the haters to your advantage.
12. Find positive people. If one of the biggest deterrents to living a positive live is negative people, then one of the greatest aids is positive people. These friends will create an environment where thinking positive is the norm. And the positive sounding board you receive will be powerful for personal growth.
To make it easier on ourselves to be positive, it’s important we take care of our body in three ways.
13. Get enough sleep. If you don’t get enough rest the previous night, you’re going to make it extremely hard on yourself to be positive. You will probably wake up tired and let that feeling carry over to a negative attitude the rest of the day. Getting enough sleep (seven to eight hours is safe), will give you a fresh start to the day so you can make positive actions.
14. Eat healthy. While greasy and unhealthy food might seem like a good idea in the moment, your body usually responds by feeling tired and sluggish. Again, it’s hard to be happy when your body doesn’t have the fuel it needs to feel good.
15. Work out. Maybe the quickest way to get out of a negative cycle is to work out. Studies show that there is a direct link between exercising and feeling happy. Also, the positive vibes from feeling stronger will empower your mind to think positive in your other activities during the day.
Five Positive Quotes To Jumpstart Your Week
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” — Zig Ziglar
“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.” — Richard M. Devos
“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.” — Jack Canfield
“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.” — Pat Riley
“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.” — Robert H. Schuller