8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Think Positively
Do you find yourself naturally leaning toward negative thoughts? Having negative thoughts can cause stress, broken relationships, lost jobs, and more. People who think positively generally have better health, lasting relationships, and are able to grow in their careers. It is possible to train your brain to think positively. Here are some tips on how to do that.
1. Change your negative thinking
Make a conscious effort to commit to working on changing the way you naturally think. This will not be easy because your old way of thinking was what you are used to and have done all your life. But, just by making a commitment to working on changing your thinking is the best way to start.
2. Develop a growth mindset
According to Dr. Carol Dweck, psychologist and author, there are two types of mindsets – a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. In a nutshell, a fixed mindset is when you believe you were born with certain unchangeable traits, whereas a growth mindset believes that success comes from the learning process, and change is part of that process.
Essentially, growth-minded people use their failures and mistakes as learning opportunities. They believe they can succeed because they fall down, get up, and try a different way that eventually leads to success. This can be true with your thoughts as well.
3. Make a vision board
Vision boards are fun to make and help to create a visual of the goals and dreams you want to accomplish. Think about the reasons why you want to train your brain to think positively and put it into a vision board you can look at daily to remember what really matters.
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4. Stop pointing your finger
Just stop blaming other people for the reason you are who you are or why you think the way you do. Take responsibility for yourself and work hard to change your thinking.
5. Seek out positive people
Having positive people in your life will help you see how it is done. When you surround yourself with positive people, they will start to rub off on you in a positive way.
6. Be forgiving
You have to forgive others for their offenses, but most importantly, you need to forgive yourself when you resort back to your old way of thinking. Pick yourself up; dust yourself off; learn from it, and move forward.
7. Create a gratitude list
Making a list of all the things you are grateful for helps you put your life into perspective and gives you a foundation on which you can build your positive thinking.
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8. Stop the negative thinking in its track
Eventually, you will get good at noticing you are about to think or say something negative and be able to stop it right away. Replace that thought with a positive thought, and then celebrate the change you instantly made. You are heading in the right direction!
Congratulations on taking the steps to change your negative thinking into positive thinking. Give yourself a pat on the back. You will soon begin to notice how much nicer you are and how much better life is.