Modified: 9/15/2021

6 Ways to Get Back Into a Positive Mindset

A person with a positive mindset expresses happiness, confidence, motivation, and optimism. People with a positive mindset can achieve anything and shine in the eyes of others. Some may mistakenly believe that having a positive mindset is a natural trait. Not so. Being in a positive frame of mind takes work especially in the face of continual stress and negative events. Toxic people and circumstances can chip away at a positive outlook.  Instead of feeling happy, motivated, confident, and optimistic, a person can start to feel sad, down, frustrated, tired, angry, and even lost. While getting out of a bad mood and dark mindset can be challenging it is not impossible.

So, how do you get back to having a positive state of mind? Try these 6 ideas to help shift your mind from negative to positive.

Commit To Make It Happen

To achieve getting back into a positive mindset requires commitment to make it happen. You must commit to yourself that you will consciously find ways to cultivate a positive mindset, and then you must honor it.

Think of achieving a positive mindset as a goal. As with all goals, this goal needs a plan. Part of your plan should be finding supportive tools to boost your spirit and move you.

Supportive tools can be reading an inspirational book, following a motivational coach, watching a mindset shift video, and reaching out to a friend or someone you know that is good at lifting you up.

Keep in mind that this journey itself can be challenging and outside forces may make times of your journey much harder. In times like this just remind yourself it is temporary and, like all things, it too shall pass.

Summon Your Mental Strength

A person with a positive mindset generally has the power of mental strength. Life reveals that not every person is or can be a positive person, even if the person says that he or she is positive or wants to have a positive attitude.

You, on the other hand, are blessed because you are not that every person. You have built up a resilience to negativity and learned skills to turn negative into positive. You have the power of mental strength to consciously shift your thoughts and feelings from a state of bad to good.  All you need to do is summon your mental strength and put it to work.

Choose Faith Over Fear

Fear is repressive. Fear keeps you feeling down, doubtful, unhappy, and it can prevent you from seeing opportunities, going after what you want, and moving forward. Faith, on the other hand, is elevating. Faith keeps you confident, eager, inspired, strong, and motivated to pursue the things that you want.

Fear and faith are very different beliefs, but they are both just beliefs. Both fear and faith require you to believe in something that you cannot see but believe will happen. And, what you believe impacts your thoughts and actions. Think of it this way, you do not gain anything good by believing in fear so, choose faith instead. You have the power to choose your beliefs, and isn’t that just wonderful. It sure is.

Identify the Source

To help shift your negative mindset to a positive one, identify why and what is causing you to feel negative. Ask yourself, “what is causing me to feel this way?”, “who is causing me to feel this way?” When you go through this exercise, you can identify the source. When you identify the source of negativity, you can then begin to make an impactful change.  Otherwise, the negativity will simply remain and sabotage your goal.

If you find it hard to identify the source of negativity, try taking a look from the outside as if a friend came to you with the same issue and sought your advice. When you remove yourself from the situation, the intensity of what you feel is lessened and this enables you to observe with a calmer and clearer mind.

Do Stuff that Makes You Feel Good

When you are in a negative mindset do stuff that makes you feel good. Engaging in activities that make you feel good impacts your mindset.

There are no limitations on what you can do to help you feel good. There are no right or wrong answers. Every person is different, and this means that you just need to pick activities that you know can help you feel good.

If listening to a certain song makes you feel good, listen to it. If working out makes you feel good, then workout. If reading inspirational quotes makes you feel good, then read them.

When you engage in activities that make you feel good, they distract you from feeling bad.  So, find feel good stuff to do and incorporate them into your routine to help get you back into having a positive mindset.

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Self-Affirm with Positive Affirmations

Self-affirmations are acts that affirm one’s self-worth and can be successful to reduce the effect of negative emotions. When you affirm something, you declare as it true.

Declare what you want to feel and experience in life, and self-affirm it everyday.  Do not just say the words to say them because this will not help you.  You have to feel what you are saying as if it is true. You have to believe in what you are saying to have a chance at manifesting it into reality. So choose positive affirmations that you actually relate to, believe in, and can feel.

Our words have power. They impact others, but they also impact us.

– Michael Hyatt

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