I love this quote by Dr. Swati Kannan;
Whatever you believe in your heart
to be true is a reality in your life.
As a result, you then attract events,
experiences and people in your life
to match your ‘loves’ or ‘beliefs’.
I am really good at talking to my children about thinking positively and up until now, haven’t been so good at doing it myself. Like my son said to me last week, mammy, I might get 60% in my French in the Summer exam, and he would be happy with this because it is not a subject that he excels in. However, if you aim for 60% you have already limited yourself. We had a little chat about being a little bit more positive and maybe aim for a higher result, just to push the potential a little further.
I find that sometimes I get bogged down with what life throws at me that I don’t stop to think of the good in a situation. And like lots of people I talk myself out of achieving my goals before I ever take my first steps towards achieving them. So, to bring positivity back in to my life, there are a number of things which I make time to do in the morning and they really set me up for the day. Like most things, positive thinking is a habit which you can change and there are a number of ways to do this. Repetition is key. They are;
I first came across Self Hynosis whilst reading the book “My Life Goals Journal” by Andrea Hayes. It is all about journaling and writing out your goals so you have them in front of you and can assess them every day. And, as part of this book, I was pointed to Andrea’s website www.andreahayes.ie where she has month by month Self Hynosis audios to listen to and are free to access by anyone. What self hypnosis does, is move your goals and beliefs from your conscious mind, in to your subconscious mind. It has proven to be very effective in helping people to change their thought processes and eventually behaviours, making you more confident and focussed on achieving your intentions and goals. So I am a work in progress on this one !!!
There are two types of meditations which I do to get rid of my “Brain Junk”. The first one is from headspace.com which teaches you how to the mindful in many different situations. I first came across this when I went through a phase of bad insomnia and found it great for relaxation and also a great way to manage things which worry me or cause anxiety. With Headspace, they offer you 10 minutes for 10 days free and then if you like it, you can sign up.
The second type of meditations I do are the Visualization type meditations. There are numerous ones on Youtube to suit every taste. I like to do meditations to balance my energy centres and also some to manifest my goals. Imagining what you want to achieve keeps you focussed on your goals and what you want from your life.
Mantras or Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of “positive thought” neurons. Just saying positive mantras in your head every day can make your day more positive. Here are some mantras I have come across but you can make up your own too;
- Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy
- My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil
- My marriage is becoming stronger, deeper, and more stable each day
- I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends
- I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring
- I am conquering my illness; I am defeating it steadily each day
- My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away
- I overcome fears by following my dreams
Avoid Negative Thoughts
Lots of people talk themselves out of achieving their goals before they ever take their first step toward achieving them. You can be better than that by learning how to avoid negative thoughts and instead focus on the positive.
It is reported that Positive thinking has many health benefits such as;
- helps lower stress in the body
- lowers rates of depression
- increases your lifespan
- better relationships as you look for the good in everyone
- because of the reduction in stress, it lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease
- better coping skills when you’re going through a rough patch
- boosts your motivation so you can reach your goals
- more successful
- your inner beauty will shine as happy smiley people are more attractive