No matter who you are or what your life is like, there are probably going to be times when it feels like everything is going wrong.
Maybe you lose your job or your romantic partner leaves you…
Or you injure yourself, a family member falls ill, someone breaks into your car or your new boss turns out to be a total jerk.
And when you turn on the TV to escape from it all, the news is full of horrible and disturbing stories about a world in seemingly never-ending crisis!
But it’s important to remember that you have the power to change your experience at any moment. And that’s because it’s your thoughts that create your own reality.
And I mean that very literally…
The things you choose to focus on determines how you perceive the world – AND the experiences you have as a result.
If you focus only on the negative things in your world, the world can seem like a terrible place.
But when you focus on the positive things in your world, you see that the world is actually full of love and kindness and beauty and inspiring people doing incredible things.
Here are 5 powerful tips on how to retrain your brain for positivity, so you can maintain an optimistic, inspired, motivated outlook – no matter what is happening in your life or the world around you.
1. Be Aware of Your Thoughts
Take the time to pay attention to what you spend most of your time imagining and thinking about.
Start paying more attention to the things you tell yourself – and always remember that you have the power to change them.
This is called mindfulness. A technique I teach my students is to set the alarm on your cell phone to go off every 20 minutes. As soon as you hear it, take a moment to reflect on what thoughts you were thinking.
Were they positive or negative?
Were they fear-based or optimistic?
Were they judgmental or unconditionally loving and accepting of what you were perceiving and experiencing?
2. Reframe Negative Thoughts
Whenever you find yourself thinking something like, “People are horrible,” or “I’m so stupid and careless,” or “There’s no point in trying because I’ll probably fail” – catch yourself and take the time to transform that thought into a positive one.
For example, tell yourself: “Most people are actually pretty awesome,” or “I’m actually really clever and do great work when I apply myself,” or “Of course, I should try! It’s the only way I’ll ever succeed — and even if I fail, at least I will have learned…