The Power of Positive Thinking
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A question I often get asked is, “Maria, how have you managed to always stay positive?” It is no secret that constantly remaining positive is not easy, especially when it seems like life has thrown you one curve ball after another. That being said, I’ve learned that there are actually ways to train your brain to stay positive. I want to share with you the methods I’ve employed over the years so that you to have the right tools to remain positive no matter what life throws your way!
For anybody who ever feels down or doubts themselves, here is what I do to shake that feeling and move forward…
Express Your Gratitude:
Negative feelings take up as much of our brain power as we allow them to. Therefore we must intentionally balance them out with positivity and good energy!
Anytime I am at a crossroads or feel a bit lost, I take comfort in reflecting on the many blessings in my life. Too often we find ourselves focusing on things we wish we had or we wish were different. My advice would be to write down all of your blessings. These can range in specificity, size and category including things related to your health, your family, your career and more. I write all the good in one column and all the bad in the other. When doing this, usually you will see a big discrepancy. This also helps me to focus on solutions to my problems.
I encourage you to make this list because it is such a great way to reinforce the positive notions in your life. It’s astonishing how once you start doing this, your blessings actually grow! Seeing all of the wonderful gifts it your life laid out on a sheet a paper affirms your self worth while allowing you to find new aspirations. No matter who you are, I guarantee you have things to be grateful for! Plus, after registering these positive thoughts, your brain has more space to make healthy decisions and point you in the right direction.
Surround Yourself With Like Minded People:
It’s no secret that I love me some Tony Robbins. If you have read my previous newsletters, listened to my radio show “Conversations With Maria Menounos,” or even follow me on Instagram @MariaMenounos, you know that Tony has been a source of great enlightenment and growth in my life. One of the many lessons he has instilled in me is that proximity is power.
Tony believes that, “who you spend time with is who you become.” This is especially true when it comes to associating yourself with people who see the glass half empty. When you constantly find yourself around people who are perpetually in a bad mood, their negative attitude can have a stronger effect on you than you think. Perhaps it is time you take a step back from them, and focus on associating yourself with positive people who help to uplift you and achieve your full potential.
My dad also ingrained this in me when I was growing up and would always say, “show me who your friends are and I’ll show you who you are.”
Start Your Mornings Right:
Start your day in a positive way by doing what I call priming. How you start your day typically sets the tone for the rest of it! If you spend your mornings reading or listening to inspiring articles or podcasts, it can make a big difference in how your day goes. Don’t have much time in the a.m.? Multitask by doing this while eating breakfast or during your ride to work!
Choose to Smile:
One morning when I was looking for a fun and uplifting read, I stumbled on an article that opened my eyes to the incredible benefits of smiling.
According to Pick the Brain, “Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile.” This article completely changed my outlook on the importance of smiling. Smiling not only boosts your mood, it can help you build a stronger immune system and can even help you get a promotion! I am telling you, this is a MUST read.