7 Effective Ways to Implement Positive Thinking

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Somehow it has become ingrained in us that negative thoughts are more realistic than positive thoughts.  This is pure madness, especially since over 90% of what we worry about never happens!

We have to get our heads around the fact that being positive is actually far more realistic than being negative.  This is such a difficult concept for most of us to grasp, and we have to purposefully work hard to re-train the

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brain to think more positively. 

Think of it this way: if your body became out of shape you would probably view physical exercise as an effective way to improve its condition—and we must begin looking at the health of our mind in the same way.  

Here are 7 valuable exercises that you can start implementing right now to re-train your thinking:

Use Verbal Affirmations EVERY Day

An affirmation is a positive statement that something is already happening, and is a very powerful tool you can use to shift your internal dialogue from negative to positive.  Come up with a few statements like “I am creating a beautiful day” or “money and success flow to me” and spend 10 minutes every morning (and every night for extra credit) saying them aloud. 

Come up with statements that make the most sense for you, and be sure to state them in the present tense, and in a positive form.  This is self-talk in its highest sense, and can be very effective.

Use Positive Language

When it comes to the language we use, world-renowned author and lecturer Dr. Susan Jeffers says: “It doesn’t matter if we believe the words or not, the mere uttering of them makes the subconscious mind believe them to be true.  It is as though the subconscious mind doesn’t know what is true or false, it doesn’t judge, it only reacts to the language that is being fed”. 

Many researchers have shown this sentiment to be quite valid, and we must intentionally start using more positive language to shape the worldview of our subconscious mind.

Create a Vision Board

A vision board is the physical manifestation of the life you want to be leading.  Find images of the house you desire, the places you want to travel, and the job you crave to work and tack them to a corkboard!  Be creative and place words and images that are accurate expressions of your inner-most desires. 

Constantly add to your vision board put it somewhere you can see it several times a day– even spend a few moments visualizing what it would be like to be living in this life you created.  Isn’t this a better way to spend time than in your usual stress mode?

Surround Yourself with Positive Images 

They could be famous quotes, inspiring pictures, or even your affirmations that you write out on note cards.  The point is to always have physical reminders of things you deem positive close by.  Print these items out and place them by your desk, near your bed, and in the car!  When you get stressed out, give a glance to them and you will begin to get perspective on things and your mind will re-focus!

Say “Thank You” 50 Times a Day

Every night before you go to bed, spend 5 minutes saying thank you out loud for the experiences you had that day: the people you interacted with, the work you accomplished, the food you ate, etc…As you do this, really try and feel the gratitude emanate from within. 

You can also say thank you 50 times in the morning and get yourself in an extremely grateful mindset for the coming day.  These are wonderful practices for becoming more positive!

Listen to Inspirational Talks and Music in the Car

The car is the perfect place to flex your muscle of positive thought!  Because many of us spend a lot of time driving, make an effort to listen to music that inspires you and makes you feel good.  Purchase motivational personal development CD’s and play them while driving. 

I mentioned Dr. Susan Jeffers above, and I recently listened to her CD “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” in my car three times in a row!  Have your car become an oasis of learning and start using the time constructively.

Use Positive Thinking While Exercising

If you consistently exercise, this is an excellent time to practice your positive thinking.  Say to yourself over and over again: “I am strong and durable” or “I am fast and powerful” and notice the immediate affect these utterances have on your workout.  It is absolutely incredible how just saying these words increases your stamina and strength.

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LASTLY, I was tagged by my good friend Peter over at I Will Change Your Life for a writing challenge that entails us bloggers to write about something that we usually feel negative, and submit a post about how we can create a positive spin on it!  Well Peter, I hope this article suffices for that project :)   I tag the following excellent bloggers for this challenge:

Alex at Practical Personal Development

Tina at Think Simple Now

Zorka at Essential Life Skills

By implementing the recommendations in this article, you can literally begin to out talk your chatterbox!  With practice, negative patterns of thought will transform to consistent positive thinking. 

Even though you may begin to feel better quickly, positive thinking is a life-long pursuit and it is necessary to dedicate to this ”way of life” over the long-haul.  Do not get complacent, or the negative chatter box will re-appear…and you don’t want that!
 

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39 Responses to “7 Effective Ways to Implement Positive Thinking”

  1. ZHereford says:

    Some great pointers!
    I especially like the vision board idea.

  2. Peter says:

    Todd you did a great job of sneaking the cow into your article… well done! :)

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  4. Hi Todd,

    Thanks for linking me. Much appreciated it.

    This is a very well written article. I can’t wait to read more of your articles.

    On a related article, here’s 6 Ways to be Positive in Any Situation

    Love & Gratitude,
    Tina
    Think Simple. Be Decisive.
    Productivity, Motivation & Happiness

  5. Ian says:

    Unique tips. Thanks Todd, for another insightful article. Thank you! :)

  6. Todd says:

    Thanks for the great comments guys!

  7. Steve says:

    Good stuff. I’ll actually try these ideas out tonight. Great blog.

  8. Todd says:

    Thanks Steven, please let me know how it goes! Although it may take more than one night to see results :)

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  10. Thanks Todd for such a GREAT article. I used a lot of these when I was in my healing process and they do work WONDERS! I FINALLY put together my vision board this past weekend and can’t wait to see the things on it manifest! Thank you for the reminders of the little things we can do that make a BIG difference! Gratefully, Jenny

  11. Danny says:

    Excellent article! It can be a challenge to go from an inherent knowledge that positive thinking is good for you to discovering practical ways to maintain positive thinking. Your suggestions are clear, practical and well written. Thank you!

  12. Todd says:

    Thanks so much for the kind words Danny! Much appreciated and I will be sure to check out your site when I get the chance…

  13. Todd Schafer says:

    The best part of this article came at the beginning when you mentioned about 90% of what we worry about never happens.
    Proves definitively and for all time that positive thinking as actually more realistic than negative thinking is.

  14. Todd says:

    Thanks Todd– that really is an interesting point, and if you stop and think about it you realize how true it is! Thanks again,
    Todd

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  16. Migo says:

    Thanks for the tips, I wrote it down and will definitely start to do it, My goal for 2008 is to change the way I think, and prosper!

    Thanks again, keep ‘em coming!

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  19. JP says:

    “This is pure madness, especially since over 90% of what we worry about never happens!”

    What is pure madness is you assigning an empiric percentage measurement to something that is IMPOSSIBLE to measure!! Who came up with this 90% ?! It kind of strips the credibility from your piece, I’m sorry, and I actually agree with your premise.

  20. Todd says:

    Hey JP– Actually, I got that number from a very credible source: Dr. Susan Jeffers. She is a clinical physician (PhD), best selling author and motivational speaker regarding fear. She has studied endemic and personal fears for over 30 years…and the 90% number comes from actual scientific studies….for what its worth,
    Todd

  21. Miriam Quevedo says:

    I enjoyed reading your quick tips on how to be positive. I like the vision board idea! We are such visual creatures!

    We forget so often to reword our inner dialogue. It is amazing the negative self-talk we speak to ourselves. I added this to my Favorites on my computer. Thank you so much!

    Miriam Q.

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  23. chara says:

    i’ve already tried them.they don’t have any effect on me!!!

  24. chara says:

    do you think i should try again?

  25. jimmy says:

    i will try to apply those rules that you have posted to be a POSITIVE THINKER, this is a very important rules and needed most specially those people who not in good family oriented.

  26. jimmy villar says:

    i always in a bad condition while facing my new days, because of your good advices to become a POSITIVE thinker, as of now after reading of it i felt to have more chances winning of my life.
    from : TACLOBAN CITY , PHILIPPINES

  27. 1215355884184585548 says:

    cool

  28. constantine says:

    my body ,my soul ,my believes for now i learn that positive thinking can lead to wrong way..life seems to be harder but if i need an encouragement this is it.i have done it for a little time but it takes me so far

  29. Shayan Sohail says:

    I really get inpired from your article. Keep it up & thanx alot for sharing such a beautiful thought of ur mind.

  30. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing this empowering tips. Nice!

  31. m k parmar says:

    AFTER READING SEVEN STEPS OF POSITIVE THINKING, I AM M.K.PARMA 70, STARTED TO TALK IN POSITIVE MANNER .I FOUND THAT , IF A PERSON IS ABOVE 60 OR MORE , BUT IF HEOR SHE ISNOT UNDRESTAND POSITIVE THINKING THEY WILL NOT ENJOY LIFE WITH PEACE OF MIND.I STARTED TO TALK MY SELF IN POSITIVE MANNER AND I FOUND IT IS REFLECTED IN PEOPLE AROUND ME . THEY TOLD ME HOW YOU CHANGE YOUR THOUGHT IN POSITIVE MANNER. SOME PEOPLE REQUSTED ME TO TEACH HOW TO THINK POSITIVELY. AND I THOUGHT THEM SEVEN STEAPS OF POSITIVE THIONKING .
    I WILL CONTINUE TO MEDITATE EVERY DAY IN MORNING AND BEFORE GO TO BED.
    THENK YOU M K. PARMAR

  32. rajat tyagi says:

    i am positive attitude person.

  33. Sithila says:

    this is an awesome article..
    I’ve been worrying about my past few years everyday but now I feel so strong. And I’m so self-confident about myself.
    Thank for this nice thoughts….

    I WILL NEVER GIVE UP…..

    Thanks,
    From Sri Lanka.

  34. I FEEL HEALTHY, AM ALWAYS NEED TO LEARN ABOUT POSITIVE THINKING TO BECAME A PRODUCTIVE PERSON, I NEED AGIAN AND AGIAN BUT I FOUND TODAY. AS YOU LEARN I SAY ”THANK YOU” START FROM HERE.

    FROM AFRICA ETHIOPIA
    GOD BLESS THE WORLD.

  35. Ankit says:

    My dear all friends…I am in facing a problem which I want to share with all of you…it is my humble request to all of you please please advise me what to do and help me….I feel that my thinking is very very negative…I am feeling no one is my well wisher so i am feeling stress every time and feeling short tempered…..my personal and professional life is also effecting…

  36. ArjunanNarayanan says:

    This 7 effective ways to impliment positive thinking is really helped me alot.

    I am 66yrs old male can take this very easily And it made to talk positively

    always.

  37. Naaz says:

    Dear Ankit, first you have to make up your mind — do you want to make a difference?!

    If yes, then first promise yourself that you will never give up on positive thinking EVER – no matter what happens in your life despite all effort/prayer/hard work – all kinds of experience makes life beautiful right?

    However, believing that you will have a great life, you are having a great life, and will always have the perfect life is teh key — BELIEVE.

    STOP saying “my thinking is very very negative”. follow the rules mentioned Todd, I bet youare already having a great time, so SMILE…

  38. Naaz says:

    Dear Ankit, first you have to make up your mind — do you want to make a difference?!

    If yes, then first promise yourself that you will never give up on positive thinking EVER – no matter what happens in your life despite all effort/prayer/hard work – all kinds of experience makes life beautiful right?

    However, believing that you will have a great life, you are having a great life, and will always have the perfect life is the key — BELIEVE.

    STOP saying “my thinking is very very negative”. follow the rules mentioned by Todd, I bet you are already having a great time, so SMILE…

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