Let’s start with that positive thought. It not only eases anxiety, but it reinforces hope; hope that good things could happen at any time.
This is just a small example of a positive mental attitude at work.
Now consider this: the sight of a beautiful lotus is so enthralling, but a lotus needs muddy water to grow and bloom. Although it takes nourishment from the muddy water, it grows tall and stays untouched by it.
Similarly, a human being needs to be in a society, accept all that the society has to offer, and yet stay unaffected by the negativity of it.
The human being is a social animal and cannot last long in isolation, but blaming people and society for who you are or for your flaws and failures is not the path to take.
A positive mental attitude can change your perspective toward life which can, in turn, aid your personal development.
How can you promote a positive mental attitude in your life? Here are some steps you can take:
Judgment and perception are the main tools used to master your emotions because these determine whether we accept the situation positively or negatively.
That is why mastery over your emotions by identifying and controlling your judgment and perception, and preventing an automatic reaction to a situation is so helpful.
Having a handle on your emotions – or rather the effect your emotions have on your thoughts – allows you to gauge whether or not a particular emotion will be beneficial to your situation.
3. Learn To Accept What Has Happened
Many a time, things don’t turn out as we expect them to. Instead of brooding over how they should have gone or what you could have done differently, it is better to accept that some things are outside your control.
This will prevent negative energy from paralyzing your life. By learning to accept the limits of your influence, you can move on with a positive mental attitude.
Don’t mistake this with being a victim of circumstance. You very much do have a say in how your life pans out. You are not merely a passenger, but neither do you always have a clear idea of where a particular road will take you.
Meditation does to the mind what exercise does to the body. How it unravels the mind is amazing.
Initially, it may be difficult to bring the mind under control, but soon you will start feeling all the positive energy opening up inside you.
Meditation helps you discover yourself and, in the process, heals you from within. It allows you to better understand what is and is not important in life.
5. Seek A Different Perspective
Sometimes, looking at life from a different viewpoint can help you take control of your thoughts. It will not just help you explore different aspects of yourself, but it will also help you discover your hidden talents and strengths.
An exploration of your inner self will help you find your life’s purpose and create clarity. These will paint a much brighter picture of your present and future and help you to think positively.
You become like the people you spend the most time with, so spend time with positive people.
This will help you stay in the positive energy zone and thereby help you stay focused on your goals and achieve better results in everything you do.
Avoid negative people who bad mouth, envy, or complain about others. Their negative energy is infectious and can cause you a lot of stress, which, in turn, has a negative impact on your personal development.
7. Love Thyself
People may say a hundred things about you for good or ill. So what? They are entitled to their opinion, but you do not have to believe all that they say.
Charles Goodwin is a regular writer and blogger who loves to write about social and psychological issues. He also writes for Integrative Coaching, a site that offers online courses for stress management and personal development.