Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Positive Thoughts lead to Positive Living

Belief…Confidence…I am possible…Life matters…Motivation…Courage…Exceptional.

See these words?  They echo positive thinking.  Today’s message is to flood inspiration into your mind to be a positive thinker.  Your thoughts can literally change the way you live your life.  You can become more, do more, achieve more, get in the best shape of your life, help more people and become exceptional, just by creating a habit of positive thinking.  Once this way of thinking is ingrained into your brain, you begin to instill deep beliefs that will guide you to creating strong values.  You build a confident and optimistic mind.  You find the good in all that you do.  You find resilience in the tough times.  We live in a society that is flooded with negativity.  This negative realm directs us off path of achieving our aspirations.  The positive thinker achieves the “impossible” and finds a way when there is no way.  I am a big believer that when you create a positive outlook on life and yourself, you produce the ability to accomplish almost anything you desire to achieve.  This concept of optimistic thinking takes consistent mental conditioning.  Our brain is a powerful muscle and building a strong belief system in our daily life and ourselves is possible.  But just like we need weight training to build stronger muscles in the body, we need mind conditioning to build a strong and positive brain.  Here are a few drills that you can begin to implement in to your day to condition your thoughts. 

1.     Start your day with something positive.  The best thing you can do when you first wake up is to fill your brain with positivity.  In the morning, our mind is fresh and ready to take on the day.  The worse thing you can do is watch or read about everything negative happening in our world.  This is a mistake many people make.  I encourage you to find an inspirational story or video that will set you up for a successful day.  Filling your mind with optimism is the first step of reprogramming this thought process.  Literally do this every morning.  Remember, “Vision without action is only a daydream”.  Make it a reality by following through. 
2.     Be aware of your thoughts.  “Change your thoughts and you change your world”.  When I work with people on their nutritional habits, the first thing I have them do is write down all of their food.  This is such a critical component as it creates awareness for the individual of what and how much is going into their body.  Let’s use the same strategy for our thoughts.  We must first be aware before we can make a change.  What is the first thought when you hit that alarm in the morning?  Is it, “Ugh, I just want to go back to sleep?”  Or  “Let’s take charge and create success today.”  What is the thought when you look in the mirror?  Is it, “I’m fat, I hate the way my body looks.” Or  “I am proud of the way my body looks.  I am working hard with my fitness and nutrition routine and I will continue to push myself.”  Get that thought in the head and quickly change if it is a negative one.  You will see the benefit it will have on your day-to-day life. 
3.     Eat healthy and workout.  Your body and mind work together.  Optimizing the significance of each day runs parallel with taking care of your body.  That is why eating high quality foods and daily exercise are a must.  When you feel good physically you will feel even better mentally.  You will be more apt to battle through tough times and hard days when you are physically strong and resilient.  Also, exercise releases dopamine and norepinephrine, which will give you a sense of confidence, esteem and the “I can take on the world” mentality. 
4.     Surround yourself with optimism.  You have to take a close look at everything in your life.  Who do you surround yourself with?  What music do you listen to?  What type of TV shows do you watch?  What do you put into your body?  Trying your best to eliminate negativity will set you up to think more positively.  Turn on the television right now and crime is happening, people are arguing over politics, TV shows are vulgar and offensive and it’s everywhere. This negativity can destroy any seed of hope that we may otherwise have in striving for our goals.  Do your best to put yourself in a position of consistent optimism.  Your mental state will become toxic if negativity is always in your life.  Exchanging negative thoughts and actions to positive ones will get you from being uninspired and de-motivated, to feeling uplifted, driven and determined for greater self growth. 

A happy and abundant life is completely in our hands.  The work must be done to create exceptional living.  You have the abilities.  You have the determination.  You have the will power.  You just have to put in the constant ACTION day in and day out to achieve great things.

To another great day, 

Stay Inspired!

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