The Power of Positive Thinking

Are you a glass half-full or a glass half-empty kinda person?

If you’ve read any of my previous posts you will know that I often treat my blog like the confessional box. My confession for today …and I’m going to whisper it … is … although I’m a life coach, I can sometimes be very negative.

There, I said it.

And now I feel terrible.

You see how that works? Negative thoughts and feelings attract and create more negative feelings. The Law of Attraction is real which is actually a massive relief because applying it’s principles is how you get out of your negative vibe and into a positive one.

This is a lesson I learned from my dishwasher yesterday. Yes, I said dishwasher … the Universe works in mysterious ways.

HOW MY DISHWASHER taught me a lesson

I don’t know how it is in your house but in mine the dishwasher is used as something of a proxy battleground. No-one likes to load it, no-one likes to unload it and offering to carry out these simple tasks can be used as a pretty valuable bargaining currency. It’s amazing to watch the fevered negotiating that takes place when someone realizes it’s their turn tonight and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve used it to score Halloween candy from my children in the past. Nope. No shame there.

I was in the middle of unloading the dishwasher yesterday and caught myself having a really good moan. It was something along the lines of  … ugh this is the worst job EVER … why do the knives and forks always get stuck … there are so many dishes today, we need to start eating sandwiches for dinner … etc etc You get the idea. I was really getting into it.

And then I stopped myself.

WE BECOME OUR THOUGHTS

The more I complained the worse I felt. Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever caught yourself in the middle of a really good moan and just thought ‘what am I doing?’ It’s so easy to get trapped in a cycle of negativity. This is really dangerous to our state of mind because we very easily become our thoughts. When you tell yourself that everything is miserable over and over you start to really believe it. The moaning is not a healthy process that helps you get your bad feelings off your chest, it often just confirms the negativity and makes you feel worse.

THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

Sometimes you just have to hit the pause button on a negative outburst and get a little bit of perspective. In the middle of my dishwasher rant I started to think about a time eighteen months ago when I really hurt my back. It was a horrible time. I couldn’t do much at all and it was a real test of my patience.

Instead of wallowing in how bad I felt I reminded myself that at least I was able to unload the dishwasher. It was just a small thought but it’s impact was large. I instantly began to feel a lot better. I just needed to break the negativity for long enough to get some perspective and see a more positive picture.

Negativity is a thief. It whispers in your ear and steals your sense of contentment.

IT’S A GIRL THING

How many times have you looked at your face or your body and started to find faults? I know I have done this many times. It’s not a trait exclusive to women but I do feel that we can be particularly picky and destructive when it comes to our appearance. When I look in the mirror and start down this road I am reminded of the fabulous Caitlin Moran and her posthumous advice to her daughter:

“Stay at peace with your body. While it’s healthy, never think of it as a problem or a failure. Pat your legs occasionally and thank them for being able to run.”

Positive thinking and being thankful go hand in hand. A good way to turn negative thoughts into positive ones is to count your blessings. Once you start to remind yourself about the good things in your life it’s hard to keep on feeling miserable. Like attracts like and the more positive vibes you create and give out, the more good feelings you get back and so on.

LIFE CHANGING HABITS

Do you encourage yourself to have positive daily habits? Do you actively engage in positive thinking?

Do you make an effort to sleep well and to wake up to a great morning routine? Do you moan about missing out or do you chase your goals down and make your desires real?

If you haven’t had a chance to read my free ebook please sign up in the sidebar and download it today. Building a positive life and outlook starts one habit at a time. It’s never to late to begin.

I want your glass to always be half-full.

FURTHER READING

If you are looking for some more info here are my two favorite positive thinking books. Click on the images to see product details via Amazon*.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jackie is a life coach specializing in Women’s Wellness. Read more about her journey HERE and sign up in the side bar to access her free health and wellness downloads.

10 thoughts on “The Power of Positive Thinking

  1. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog says:

    I loved this post 🙂 I’m so guilty of being a glass half empty kinda gal. As much as I attempt to display the upbeat, optimistic side of me, I can be a negative Nancy.

    But you’re right. I think my attempt to “vent” to get it all out of my system actually has the opposite effect. Instead of releasing my anger and removing it from my inner core, I think I build it up when I talk about things in circles.

    • Stickinsectz says:

      I hear you and I completely agree. Sometimes you just need to take a moment to break the negative cycle and start some positive thinking. 🙂

  2. Katy says:

    I’ve always been a glass half empty girl. After my daughter was born 10 weeks early and in the hospital for the first 143 days of her life, as well as going through open heart surgery, my perspective has totally changed.

    • Stickinsectz says:

      Wow. Yes Katy, our experiences can truly give us a harsh lesson in perspective and counting our blessings. Thank you so much for your comment.

  3. Kim says:

    I think one of the most important parts of positive thinking is to not compare yourself to others. One of my favorite quotes is “Her success is not your failure.”

  4. petiteandtoned says:

    Such great thoughts here, Jackie! I’m normally a positive person, but sometimes, I can’t help but look at things negatively, especially when it appears that all “bad” things happen at once. But no matter what, we just gotta keep moving forward!

    xoxo,

    Berniedette | PetiteAndToned.com

  5. Nina says:

    For me, it really depends on the situation whether I’m a pessimist or optimist. I try to be careful of not creating self-fulfilling prophecies with negative thinking, though.

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