Thinking positively has to be learned through practice and this is the first step towards becoming a positive thinker. You must learn to develop your positive thinking skills which involve a process that requires you to make a deliberate effort to be optimistic. Start by surrounding yourself with people who are themselves positive thinkers, read books, look at television shows or movies and listen to music that foster an feeling and atmosphere of positivity. This is all part of the process in developing your positive thinking skills.
Learn to control your thoughts by filtering the negative thoughts out of your mind. We all have to deal with a plethora of thoughts competing for our attention on a daily basis. However you can learn to think positively by first identifying a negative thought whenever it pops up in your mind and then make a deliberate effort to replace that thought by thinking about something that is positive. Replace the negative thought with a good or happy thought by thinking about your favorite person, food, movie, activity, song or something else that you like. This often works because replacing a negative thought with a positive one breaks the negative trend of thinking which will help you to focus on more productive thoughts.
Worrying is directly related to negative thinking so it is vital to learn to stop worrying by engaging in positive thinking exercises. This can be done by being solution oriented instead of focusing on the problem; use positive thinking to create a solution to the problem. Worry stems from thinking about the problem to the point that thoughts of hopelessness take over the mind and this can often lead to fear. However by engaging in positive thinking you can avert worry and fear and live life with a productive solution oriented mindset which ends up being beneficial both to you and those around you.
Make affirmations about yourself that are encouraging and inspiring, this is also referred to as self-talk. Adding positive words to your thoughts makes you feel empowered simply because you will find that you believe something after hearing it over and over again. Do you remember that childhood story of The Little Engine That Could? This story is all about thinking positively, it teaches children the value of opitimism. The little engine kept saying “I think I can” until he actually did it. Whatever your “it” is whether it’s winning or accomplishing a goal or just overcoming fear and self-doubt, you can talk your way into a positive thinking mode by speaking affirmative words. Your words have power so while on your quest to develop a positive mindset couple that with speaking positively and you will have positive results.