Knowing how to develop a positive mindset is one of the most important skills in life because I believe that your mindset is like the glasses you look through when you are faced with a situation.
We can’t control the things life throws at us or the things that happen around us. As long as we are alive there will be things happening out of our control, good and bad.
But the one thing we do have in our control is the way we handle those things. And our mindset will determine the way we handle things in life.
That’s why knowing how to maintain a positive mindset is so important.
Also on another note, your mindset will play an important role in what you reach in life because wanting to reach something will start with your mindset.
For example, if you believe that you can achieve anything if you work hard, you will do anything possible to achieve your goal.
But if you have a negative mindset thinking that you aren’t good enough or if you are only focused on the things that aren’t going that great along the way, you might give up very easy or don’t even start.
A positive mindset can help you to get through difficult moments. Because if you are determined to get the positive things out of any situation, where possible, you can help yourself feel less stressed and enjoy life a bit more.
By trying to focus more on the positive things in life, you can live a happier life. Because when you focus on the positive things your life will be filled with positivity and that is important if you want to live a happy life.
I don’t mean to say that in some magical way al the negativity will go away.
I simply mean that even though there will be negativity around, if you have a positive mindset, your focus will be more on the positive things instead of on the negative ones.
By doing so the negative things won’t have as much impact on you as the positive things.
Having, or trying to have a positive mindset does not mean that you can’t point out if something is going wrong.
It also doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to cry or feel bad sometimes.
What it does mean to me, is that, if something bad has happened, and you’ve pointed it out, that you move on instead of keeping your focus on that alone.
You don’t let your whole day or life evolve around that negative thing alone.
Now I know that maintaining a positive mindset can be hard sometimes, that’s why I wanted to give you some tips to help you with that.
Remember that this is not something that will happen overnight, but that it is a process. So give yourself time and don’t stop working on it.
1. Stay away from negative people
The people we surround ourselves with will play an important role in our lives.
If you have friends or collogues that constantly talk about everything that is going wrong, you will unconsciously also constantly focus on the bad things.
Even if you don’t do so, constantly hearing them nag about every little thing, can harm your mental health because you’re constantly be surrounded by negativity.
So limit the time you spent with negative people and instead talk more with people who can help you see the beautiful things in life and situations.
2. Make it an active job to focus on the positive things
As I said earlier, maintaining a positive mindset will be a process. In that process, you need to train yourself to look at the positive things.
You can do that by looking at a situation in a bigger picture instead of only focusing on the one negative thing.
Ask yourself questions like:
- What can I learn from this moment?
- How can I benefit from this moment?
- What did go well?
By asking yourself these questions you allow your mind to see what might be positive at this moment. Or what you might gain out of this moment.
Be honest to yourself when asking yourself these questions.
It is also a possibility that the honest answers to all these questions are ‘nothing’. Because these moments also happen in life.
And of course, it is oke to feel bad about these moments, but important is, that you don’t stay too long in those moments. Talk to someone to help you get through tough times or situations like these.
3. Think more in terms of a solution instead of the problem
We can’t control the ‘problems’ life throws at us, but we can control how we handle it.
For example, when there is a problem at work, you will always have two types of people.
The one that constantly points out what is so wrong, to who it is so important to find out who caused the problem. Always looking for someone or something to blame.
And then you have the other type of person, who starts thinking about what kind of solution there is. How the problem can be fixed, what needs to be done.
Which one do you think has a positive mindset? The second one of course.
When we are faced with difficult situations the way our mindset is will determine how we handle them.
Choosing to look at problems in this way can also save you so much energy and help you to prevent stress.
And that can help you to live a happier and healthier life.
4. Be grateful
Try to be grateful for the things you have in life, for the things that are going well.
Gratitude brings out positivity in your life and can help you look at all the things we sometimes take for granted.
Be grateful for the small and beautiful things you have in life.
Because if you focus on the good things and try to show gratitude, you take the attention away from the things that might feel or look bad in life.
And by doing that, you are training your mind to show more gratitude.
But this doesn’t mean that you can’t dream or long to have some things in life.
Instead, it means that while dreaming or working on achieving things in life, you don’t forget what you already have.
By doing this, you won’t feel stressed and unhappy while being in the process of achieving something.
Instead, you’ll be happy and be able to achieve more by approaching every situation with a positive mindset and a grateful attitude.
You can practice and help yourself in expressing more gratitude by writing down every day what you’re grateful for. You can write this down anywhere. You can also use a gratitude journal to help you with this.
I also have this great free printable journal you can use. You can print the cover and two journal pages as many times as you’d like.
Forgiving someone might be very hard. Sometimes people might have hurt you badly and to forgive them might seem impossible.
But the thing is holding on to a grudge and pain can make you a very negative person. Because you might project that pain onto other situations.
Living with pain might also have a bad influence on your judgment because you expect the worst from a person or a situation, only because you haven’t been able to let go of a bad thing that has happened in the past.
Forgiving can be very hard even if it sometimes means forgiving yourself, but if you want to have a positive mindset and if you want to be able to look at things with a clear and positive mind, it is very necessary to forgive and let go.
It might help if you talk to someone about your pain, a friend, or a family member. But if this doesn’t help, it might be necessary that you seek professional help.
6. Use positive affirmations
Positive affirmations are simple but powerful positive messages you repeat to yourself intending to uplift and encourage you.
By constantly repeating positive affirmations you can train your brain into believing them and by believing it you can unconsciously start working towards them and finally make them a fact.
By feeding your subconscious positive thoughts, you will eventually also believe them consciously.
If you do this daily you train your brain to focus on the positive things in life.
You can practice this simply by placing some positive affirmations at places where you look every day.
For example, your wallpaper on your computer or phone, leave yourself some sticky notes on your mirror, place a list of some positive affirmations in your study or bedroom, you name it.
As long as it is someplace you look every day or every morning to start your day off positively.
Here are some examples:
- I am confident.
- I am capable of making my dreams come true.
- I am doing my very best in life.
- I deserve to be loved.
- I have a beautiful life.
And so on.
Find out what positive affirmations work for you.
So that was it for this blog on having a positive mindset. I hope this was helpful.
Don’t forget to grab your free printable journal before you go!
If you have any other tips, feel free to let me know in the comments.