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Take Your Life Back – 7 Ways to Think Positive

Do you want to take your life back? Then you need to take a long hard look at how you are thinking about yourself.  We become what we think about the most.  Are you thinking of yourself in a positive way or are your negative thoughts ruining your life?

Positive thinking has gotten a bad rap from some people.  However, it is one of the first keys to unlocking your mind. Thinking positive is an essential ingredient to take your life back. When I think of the times I have accomplished the most in life, it was always preceded by thinking positive and then following through with an appropriate action.  It is the combination of positive thinking and taking action that will get you results.  Have you ever accomplished something really important while thinking negative? Be honest with yourself.

If you want to start thinking positive and take your life back, here are seven strategies you can incorporate into your life today:

  1. Be responsible for your thoughts. No one else can control your thinking or how you react to situations. When you begin to take responsibility for your thoughts, you will see the reality of how they are affecting your life.
  1. Plan to think positive. Most of our reactions and thinking come from the habits we have developed over time. We just react in a certain way because we have always reacted that way. If we pause before reacting in a negative manner we can decide to look at our situation and think in a more positive way. Eventually, this will develop into a new positive habit.
  1. Avoid negative people. Negative people can ruin your best-laid plans for thinking positive. They can feed the fire of self-doubt and anxiety. If you are going to take your life back, you must surround yourself with positive and supportive people.
  1. Write down your thoughts. It can be very useful to see how your thoughts have affected your day. Writing them down will make you conscious of your thinking patterns and will help you to improve on them.
  1. Consider the repercussions. For example, if you feel like eating because you are upset about something, stop and consider how you might feel afterwards. Emotional eating may feel good at the moment, but after, we usually feel very guilty. The pleasure is short-lived. Plus, that action has taken us further away from our goals instead of toward them.
  1. Minimize catastrophic thinking. Don’t always go to the worst possible outcome in situations. Lower your anxiety level by being more practical. When possible avoid situations that can lead to anxious thinking or behavior.
  1. Live for the moment. When you spend too much time trying to guess or analyze the future, you’ll convince yourself of failure – especially if you have failed in the past. If you think you will fail, you probably will. However, if you think positive, you are more likely to succeed.

Accept the reality that you can control your thoughts and take your life back. The more you use these strategies, the more empowered you will feel.  We all need to start somewhere. So, give these a try and see the results for yourself.

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