7 Tips For Thinking Positive To Achieve Success

7 Tips For Thinking Positive To Achieve Success

Thinking positively is not a temporary way to make a specific achievement; it is a total change in the way you think and act. Here are a few practical ways to introduce positive thinking into your every day life and business.

1. Develop a positive attitude

If you expect success you have a good chance of achieving it.  You should never be blind to the things that could go wrong, but finding a positive way to manage your risks will help you to believe that your project is going to do well.

2. Think and talk in positive terms

The language you use will have an enormous impact on your own subconscious as well as the people around you.  Use positive terms to gain confidence and convince yourself and other people that you will achieve your goals.

Positive terms to use

Negative and uncertain terms to avoid

I will
I’ll try
I can
I can’t
It is possible
I’m not sure
It will be ready
It might be ready
I am able to do that
I don’t know

3. Surround yourself with positive people

Positive thoughts and expressions can be as contagious as negativity, although we are not usually so aware of it.  If other people around you are expecting success and happiness then this will improve your general outlook as well.

4. Substitute negative thoughts for positive ones.

When something has not gone as planned don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on it and worrying about it.  Do focus on the lessons you have learned and visualize how well it will go next time, using the experience you have gained.

As Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, once said;

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”

5. Balance negative images with positive ones

We are bombarded with negative images all day without being aware of it.  Reading the paper, or watching the news will inevitable bring the world’s problems to your attention, and watching sad or violent films can fill our minds with negative thoughts.

Balance this onslaught of negativity by listening to music that makes you happy, watching inspirational films or reading a positive book that you really enjoy.  Balancing the negative images in your mind with positive ones will improve your overall outlook dramatically.

6. Be physically positive

Your posture can contribute greatly to your disposition. Walking tall and taking long strides, keeping your head up and making eye contact can all dispel those negative thoughts.

Some people find it helps to sing an upbeat song in their head as they are going about every day tasks.  This is a great way to put a swing in your step and a smile on your face.

You can go as far as imagining yourself in a positive situation.  I once had to approach a group of managers sitting around a table in an open plan office.  I was the new office junior and scared stiff.

Instead of shuffling up to them with my eyes down, I though to myself “You might be my superiors now but I will be your boss one day.”  This gave me the confidence to approach the group positively with a knowing smile on my face, and get exactly what I wanted.

Physical exercise can be another great way to increase your positive mental state.  Regularly walking, swimming, cycling or playing sport can help to lift negative thoughts and worries by increasing endorphins that promote happiness and wellbeing.

7. Find your happy trigger. 

What makes you happy no matter what?  Maybe it is a song, a joke, a pet, or even simply being outside in the sunshine.  When the going gets tough, and it will, have a trigger to keep you thinking positively.

Exercise:

List 10 things that make you happy.  It can be a song, a smell, an activity, anything.  Write them down.  Print them out, put the list somewhere you can access it.  When you need it, when the going gets tough or negative thoughts start to slip into your mind, pull the list out and refer to it.

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In life and business, there are two cardinal sins… The first is to act precipitously without thought and the second is to not act at all.
-Carl Icahn

Stomping the hurdle that’s holding you back.

Phillip Knight, the founder of Nike, has a history of “just doing it” and long the way he’ll confess to his share of mistakes.  His motto?  “The trouble in America is not that we are making too many mistakes, says Knight, but that we are making too few.”

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.  Be afraid of not making them.  Or to quote a more popular Nike saying, “JUST DO IT”

The major factor that prevents people from starting their own business is fear.  This is not usually a general fear of failure, but a specific fear of something they feel they can’t do or don’t know.

Some of the business elements that people can be afraid of are:

* Figures
* Accounts
* Technology
* Customer contact
* Deadlines
* Tax issues
* Decision making

Avoiding your fears only serves to strengthen them.  The best way to overcome your fears, enabling you launch a successful business, is to face them head on.

When we confront a fear, the physical exertion can be exhausting.  Your body is not designed to stay afraid for long, and if you expose yourself to a fear for long enough, your body will naturally relax and you will cease to be afraid.  If this works with fears of heights or spiders, why can’t it work for business fears?

Conquering you business fears.

The most practical way of facing your business related fears is to take a training course that covers that particular area of business.  A short course in accounting might not give you the skills you need to do your own accounts, but if it gives you a general understanding and reduces your fear of accounts, it will enable you to start a business and work easily with an accountant.

One of the most common fears today is using new technologies, particularly computer programs.  People see computer programs as overly complicated, and are afraid to do anything in case they press a wrong button or change something they can’t undo.

There are a couple of ways to face your fear of technology:

1. Don’t be afraid to ‘play.  Thinking of it as playing rather than learning or experimenting suddenly makes it feel much less intimidating.
2. Remember that you are unlikely to do something really wrong. If you do you can always reload the software and start again.
3. Keep in mind that a real live person programmed the software, so it can’t be that complex, right?
4. Check online for a simple guide or cheat sheet.  The manual that comes with software can be very complex and confusing, whereas cheat sheets can help you to learn small sections of the software at a time.
5. Ask for help.  You wouldn’t go rock climbing for the first time without a guide would you?  If you’re struggling with something, hire a guide to walk you through it.  From software to accounting, many people are happy to help – often free of charge.

Overcoming Fear Exercise:  Write down what might stop you from starting a business.  What are your fears?  What can you do to overcome them?  What tools can you use to face your fears?

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My first six years in the business were hopeless. There are a lot of times when you sit and you say “Why am I doing this? I’ll never make it. It’s just not going to happen. I should go out and get a real job, and try to survive.
-George Lucas

How to power on when the going gets tough.

Did you read the quote above?  If not, take a few seconds and read it.  Where would we be today if George had gotten a real job?

It would mean no Star Wars!

Star Wars aside, being an entrepreneur is never 100% easy.  Few things are perfect all of the time.  When your plans don’t go well, and your new business faces delays or obstacles, it can be tempting to throw in the towel and give up.  After all, you gave it a shot which is more than most people can say.  This is a common trap.

 

3 Tips For Sticking To New Year Resolutions

The new year is almost upon us, so you can start making some changes with these 3 tips to help you stick to your new year’s resolutions.

Although many of us start the New Year full of hope and excitement for making things happen, many of us quickly give up on our goals and wait until the next year to even think about them again. But we set resolutions for a reason, and that’s because we hope they can improve our lives in some way. So if you want to set goals you can keep this year, here are three tips to help you make it happen.

1) Set Realistic Goals That You Really Can Keep

The first place to start is with your goals. Are they realistic? Are they honestly, honestly something that you can see yourself achieving in the coming year? By all means, push yourself with your goals, but do it within the limits of what’s possible! Planning to work out for 2 hours every single day probably isn’t realistic for most people, nor is it realistic to think that you’ll cut out all sweet food completely if you like your sweet treats.

It’s also important to ensure you don’t try too many things at once. By all means, plan to improve your guitar playing skills, to get healthier, and to learn a new language, but try focusing on just one goal to begin with. Once you’ve made the first goal a habit, or reached the milestone you were aiming for, you can move onto the second.

2) Understand The Way You Feel

Although not all our New Year’s resolutions are about giving something up, understanding the way you feel about things like overeating, or other habits you may have, is crucial to seeing your goal through to the end. If you’re trying to give up drinking, or a certain type of food, understand that cravings come and go like waves, and do the best you can to learn about what triggers your cravings so that you can avoid them.

The same goes with things like exercise. Think about how you feel when you can’t be bothered to exercise, and put it off until tomorrow – you probably feel like you let yourself down. But when you do exercise, not only are you happy that you’re meeting your goal, but you may even get a rush off those endorphins!

3) Reward Yourself, Don’t Punish Yourself

We tend to work better when we’re working towards certain rewards, rather than avoiding punishments. So decide on some ways to reward yourself for completing goals. Instead of berating yourself and feeling guilty for not doing something, think of how you’ll feel and what you’ll do when you do something you want to do. Pick milestones relating to your goals, such as 1 month without a drink, or 5 days of exercising every day, and give yourself something nice as a reward (a new CD, a nice meal etc.) Rewards are far better motivators than fear!

10 Tips To Live Longer And Healthier

There are 10 ways to live longer that you can add to your life right now. Once you’ve made all ten part of your life, you’ll feel like a new person. We’ve all heard the statement that you are what you eat and sadly, it’s true.

Your diet today will show up on your face and body in the years to come. Since it’s the only body you’ll get, take care of it by eating the healthiest way. Have lean meats, keep your portions healthy, drink plenty of water and get your fruits and veggies.

Work up a sweat. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t exercise every day. It’s okay to take a day off. It’s okay to exercise three days a week. Something is better than nothing. But you’ll find yourself looking forward to moving if you look for an exercise routine that’s fun. Though exercise and fun don’t sound like they belong in the same sentence, you can find them. Make it enjoyable.

Don’t forget to laugh. A lot. Find the humor in all you do from your job to your exercise routine. Having regular laughter in your life helps reduce stress.

Of the 10 ways to live longer, one of the most important is to stay optimistic. Optimistic people outlive pessimistic people. The mind is one of your most powerful weapons against thoughts that can drag you down.

When you find yourself starting to think negative thoughts (like, “I won’t get that job” or, “This isn’t going to work out well”) stop and remind yourself that you don’t know the future.

All you have is the time right now. Usually, we think the worst and it never comes to pass. We spend all that time on the negative, imaging all the bad that ‘could’ happen and then it doesn’t.

Make sure that you stay social. People who have regular get togethers with friends enjoy a longer life. A strong social network helps people to enjoy relationships where they can find acceptance and support.

If you have bad habits that can damage your health, get rid of them. If you don’t have a pet, consider getting one. Having a pet reduces stress and stress can cause all sorts of diseases.

Another important way in 10 ways to live longer is to pamper yourself. Treat yourself kindly. To many times we treat ourselves in ways we wouldn’t treat our worst enemy. Don’t beat yourself up emotionally.

Also, don’t put off doing what you look forward to. Saving for the future is important but don’t become grinch-like in your quest to save. Make sure you spend both time and money on the things that bring you satisfaction. Finally, make sure that you take supplements that contain anti-aging properties.