How to develop a positive mindset

Mental discipline doesn’t sound like a wonder, but it’s a game changer. If there is a secret to happiness, this is it.

Learning to get out of our ruminating, negative, and erratic thoughts and create a more positive mindset takes focus and effort.

I started talking about this in last week’s column, where I shared how feeling physical sensation in our bodies is a helpful way to disentangle ourselves from our thoughts. It can be such a powerful movement, getting us out of our heads and into the present moment, that it occasionally triggers moments of profound clarity. However, it’s usually more subtle: feeling our bodies helps us get away from the chatter in our heads.

This week, more on that.

The way I think of it, disciplining our minds has three distinct parts.

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First, begin to notice what is going on in our heads. Be more aware of our thoughts. Meditation helps develop this ability.

Second: choose which thoughts to listen to and which to ignore and let go. After developing a greater awareness of our thoughts in general, this becomes more natural.

Third: cultivate positivity. This is what I would like to delve into here.

Cultivating positivity does not mean “thinking happy thoughts.” It means building habits that encourage us and induce positivity and bright, loving, purposeful, high-vibration thoughts. There are many ways to do this. Below is a list of ideas you can choose from and decide which one to focus on. Number 1 is required, but the rest are optional.

  1. Have a clear vision of the person you want to become.
  2. Random acts of kindness and generosity.
  3. Help others / volunteer
  4. Meditate on positive emotions
  5. gratitude practice
  6. Spiritual life
  7. Prayer
  8. Daily intentions or affirmations
  9. Community and social connection.
  10. Exercise
  11. to be in a beautiful place

Let’s talk about number 1.

I think we all need to know where we’re going. We all want to grow. But how exactly would you like to grow? And where do you want to go?

Imagine your ideal scenario and don’t get discouraged by all the reasons why it “can’t” happen. Just let yourself dream! Imagine living that scenario. How does it feel? Give it a try and make getting into this person a part of your daily routine, one way or another.

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This is a bold move, but it generates an enormous amount of positivity and gives us an energetic direction. Especially as we clear the space in our heads by letting go of negative thoughts, it helps to have a clear, built-in sense of where we’re headed.

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