As we go through our daily lives, we are continuously talking to ourselves. It may be more apparent to some than others, but the fact is our internal dialogue is an important part of who we are and what we do. This self-talk sets our subconscious thought patterns, which in turn influences our concious thoughts and actions. Positive thoughts means positive attitudes.
So if we were to actively think positive thoughts and train our self-talk to be more positive, it will have a greater impact on our overall mindset. One of the most powerful tools for changing our attitude is repeating positive affirmations. For example, if your self talk consists of phrases like:”I am a successful salesman” or ” I am a really good dancer” or “I’m happy and confident”, you are more likely to adopt the actions required to achieve that state. Of all the thousands of thoughts that go through our minds each day, it is likely the most often repeated thoughts that are going to determine the outcome. If our thoughts are primarily positive, we are more likely to achieve a positive outcome. If our thoughts are primarily negative, we are more likely to achieve a negative outcome.
It takes practice and effort to train our self-talk to be positive. When we wake up in the morning, if we start the day with positive thoughts and positive self-talk, it sets us up for the day. Many people have a list of positive affirmations in the bathroom, where they can read and repeat these positive self-talk phrases while they prepare themselves for the day. An important aspect of these affirmations is to alter our physical state to match the saying. If for example we are repeating the affirmation “I am confident, I am confident” but our body is slumped and we slur the words lethargically, the positive affirmations are likely to have little effect. The action of matching self-talk with the physical state, is called by some, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). NLP is not recognised as a science and there are sceptics. But that is not important if we try these techniques and they work for us. (You can try this right now. Sit in a slumped position, put a scowl on your face and in a disgruntled voice say “I am happy I am happy”. Now, sit up straight, put a smile on your face and say in a bright and cheerful voice “I am happy, I am happy”.) For most of us NLP does have an impact on how we feel, and can lead to a more positive attitude.
Having a positive attitude leads to better health. According to research carried out by the Mayo clinic, and many other organisations, our attitude has a large part to play on how healthy we are. Think of it this way, are we more likely to be successful at what we do if we are healthy, happy and enjoy what we do? Positive thoughts and actions build on one another. As we succeed we are driven to do more and seek more positive outcomes. Negative thoughts tend to have a spiralling down effect, leading to lack of motivation and stagnation. Good managers and leaders of people know the importance of achieving results through positive reinforcement, rather than draconian negative criticism and penalties.
Many people think that being ‘positive’ is a load of gumpf. That we cannot change what happens in our lives. That is true. We may have no control over situations and events that come our way. But we do have control on how we respond to those situations, and a positive attitude is more likely to turn what at first appears to be a negative, into an opportunity.
Surrounding ourselves with positive people, whether physically or by reading, listening to, or watching videos, will help to develop positive attitudes. Watching athletes and elite sports people before they take part in the physical actions, it is apparent that they almost always “psych” themselves up, getting their mindset right, which will lead to greater physical performance. Imagine if the same thought processes were followed each and every day of our lives.
The ION Factor and Positive Thinking in Business is a website that focuses on the positive. In physics,the ION is an atom or molecule that has either a positive or negative electrical charge. In English, many action words ends with ion – actION, decisION, motivatION, inspiratION etc. Choosing the words you use can have either a positive or negative impact on your thoughts, and the people you interact with.