We’ve all heard it all our lives: various ways of expressing the power of positive thoughts and positive words to turn things around. We know the platitudes… the sage advice in timeless sayings. But do we do it?
“Look on the bright side.”
“It’s the glass half full or half empty.”
“Take a deep breath and count to 20.”
“Look on the sunny side of life.”
“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”
We’ve all heard these kinds of familiar sayings forever. And that’s the problem. These have been around for so long and we’ve heard them so much that we tend to overlook them. Familiarity leads to insouciance. Like the scenery on the road we travel every day, we tend to not even notice it any more. Same thing for wisdom we think we know.
The difference comes with the application.
“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”
Your mind is a great tool when fed healthy thoughts. Any tool can do good work or it can be destructive if used in the wrong way. Same thing with your mind. The best way to put it to good use for you rather than against you is to feed it with constructive and elevating thoughts.
What would happen if you just listened to positivity and optimism?
Darren Hardy, former CEO of Success magazine, shares the story of a glass filled with muddy water. A teacher takes a pitcher of water and demonstrates to his student what happens when he pours fresh, clean water into that glass. Eventually it flushes out all murky water.
Darren goes onto say, that the glass represents your mind. The water (muddy or clean) represents what your mind becomes depending of the thoughts you choose.
Creating Your World
As you are creating your thoughts, your thoughts are creating your life.
Same thing with your life. As you are creating your life, your life is creating you. The life that you have created thus far is reflecting yourself back to you. If you’re pleased with that reflection, awesome! Congrats for being on track with yourself! If not, you can change it.
You have more power and ability to change your state and circumstance that you could ever imagine. Most people just don’t want it enough to do the work to change. Do you?
Old habits die hard. More than that, it’s extraordinarily difficult to imagine where you haven’t yet been and who you haven’t yet become. But creators… creators have wonderful imaginations. Train yours with positive words and thought that paint you into the future you want.
Positive thoughts, positive words and positive actions change everything.
Our Lives Becomes What we Daily Do
We’re all affected by negative self talk from time to time. Fear and doubt can cloud your vision and stifle creativity. A super simple—but effective—strategy is to replace one negative thought with one positive thought. Write it down. Write your negative thought and then reframe that into positive words that speak to an alternate outcome; an outcome you’ll love.
A good place to write this is in the daily comments section and Day 7 Reflections section of the 90 Day Goals Journal, (or in whatever goal-setting and journaling system you use).
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
Reframing is more than replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Reframing actually trains your brain to think differently. When we seek out solutions and possibilities over worry and negativity, we are using an entirely different area of the brain, and the two cannot function simultaneously. That’s good news. That means that whenever you’re working on solutions and reframing the situation into something positive. You’ve departed the worrier mindset in favor of the warrior mindset.
Give the worrier mindset over to the warrior mindset and battle the shadows of doubt.
Here are some common negative thoughts amongst creatives, and some examples of reframing the context with positive words:
“I’m not a morning person.”
“Waking up a little earlier each morning isn’t so hard, and I love how much more I can get done by 9 am!”
“My idea isn’t original. There’s tons of others doing this.” (Especially after a trip to the bookstore or an Amazon search).
“An idea does not need to be original to be great. Most ideas are offshoots of others and only I can write my stories with my creative flare. There’s even a popular book: ‘Steal Like an Artist‘.”
“I’m afraid to put my work out there to be judged by others.”
“I’m eager to share my work with the world so that those who will love it like I do can find it. It will be fun to discover who else loves my work, and to grow my ‘1,000 True Fans‘.”
“I just want to do my art… I don’t want to build a business.”
“My art is like my child, and I need to help it grow into all that it can be, even if it takes me out of my comfort zone.”
“I hate doing dishes.”
“So grateful to have dishes to eat on.”
“There’s so much to do and I feel so far behind.”
“I’m so grateful for so many ideas and opportunities, and so grateful to be able to create daily!”
Now … it’s your turn! These are just idea starters. We’d love to hear your reframes. These are just “feel good” positive thinking. These really work, so put your thoughts to work for you, not against you.
Replace each negative thought with an alternate positive reality, and your life will become that.
You may also enjoy Jason Silva’s mind-bending video clip in one of his ‘Shots of Awe’ segments.
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