6 Ways to Get Back Into a Positive Mindset

A positive mindset includes happiness, confidence, being in control, stability, motivation, and optimism. At times, a positive mindset can be influenced by different types of stressors that individually or collectively shift us from a positive state of mind to a negative state of mind. Stressors like perceived and actual losses, negative circumstances, negative people, negative feelings, and your own self-doubt can sway a mindset from being positive to negative. Instead of feeling happy and hopeful you feel negative, sad, down, unmotivated, frustrated, angry, tired and or lost. It is a challenging time to go through but, on the upside, one that you can get through and thrive. You are here because you are consciously finding ways to help uplift you, motivate you, and get you back into a positive way of living.

How do you get back to having a positive state of mind? Here are 6 ways to help swing you back to having a positive mindset.

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Commit To Make It Happen

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Commit to getting back into a positive state of mind.  Make a commitment to yourself that you will consciously find ways to cultivate a positive mindset and then honor it. Think of this as a goal. As with all goals, this goal needs a plan and a plan needs action. Your plan to achieving a positive mindset includes finding supportive ways to boost your spirit and to uplift your within so you are not stuck and can actually move forward. This requires you to be dedicated to your goal, disciplined and aware of whether what you are doing is actually helping you achieve your goal.  During this journey, you may face challenges and hurdles. These can be caused by you, other people or your circumstances.  When you are feeling frail, which may likely happen at times from time to time, remind yourself that what you are feeling is just temporary, and like all things it too shall pass.

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Summon Your Mental Strength

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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 skills to fix the negativity that may occupy your mind and harm the quality of your life. You have the power of mental strength to consciously shift your thoughts and feelings from a state of negativity to positivity, no matter what you’re facing. All you need to do is summon it and put it to work.

Summon the strength that is within you. No matter how you feel, dig down deep to find that strength and revive it. You have the power to empower yourself, so use it.

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Choose Faith Over Fear

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Choose to remain positive and believe that you can achieve a positive mindset once again. A positive mindset can turn negative when things have not worked out or when things are not working out. In such cases, you may start to feel doubtful and even fearful.

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. You do not gain anything good by believing in fear so why not choose to have faith. And, isn’t it wonderful that you have the power to choose  what to believe and not believe? It sure is. So, use your power to banish fear from your thoughts. Reject it. And, summon your mental strength to help you keep the faith and get back on track to having a positive mindset.

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Let Go & Move On

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You can’t move on if you hold on. Let go and move on.

To help shift your negative mindset to a positive one, identify why and what is causing you to feel and think 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 your negativity, you have gained new and potentially powerful knowledge. This knowledge can empower you if you work with it and in the right way. Some say that knowledge is power, but this  is not technically true and here’s why. How many people do you know that have a wealth of knowledge but they continually make bad decisions or do nothing with the knowledge they have? That’s not power at all; that’s just knowing stuff and doing nothing with it. Knowledge is only powerful when you know how to navigate with it.

Empower yourself with knowledge about you, your state of mind, and the sources that influence your way of thinking and acting. If it helps, write it down, talk to someone you trust, or seek professional advice. And, if you find the process of getting back to a positive mindset not so fun, hard, or even a little distressing, remember your goal and use the power of your mental strength to push through it.

Some find it helpful to objectify their situation by imagining someone else going through what they are going through. By removing yourself from the picture, the intensity of what you are feeling may be lessened and, you may feel more calm and clear. Try it if you have not already. Shake off your emotions and imagine a friend struggling with getting back to having a positive mindset comes to you for guidance. What would you suggest? How would you guide your friend to becoming positive again? Sometimes taking a detached look from the outside in can provide you with more clarity, better rationale thinking, a different perspective and a new outlook. Letting go can be harder and longer for some; every person is different. No matter the amount of time it takes to let go, live in these moments only for their purpose – learning, growing, and moving onward and upward.

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Do Stuff that Makes You Feel Good

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When you are in a negative mindset do stuff that makes you feel good to distract your negativity. Engaging in activities that make you feel good is can help you because that feel good stuff impacts your mind. You have no limitations on what to do; just pick anything that makes you feel good. Every person is different, and this means you need to tailor your feel good activities around you and towards your goal to achieving a positive state of mind. Find stuff to do and incorporate into your routine that will help relax you, calm you, make you laugh, inspire you, motivate you, fuel you, boost your mood, appreciate the things you have, and just gives you more room to breathe.

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Self-Affirm with Positive Affirmations

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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 the opposite of what you are feeling. Declare what you want to feel and experience in life, and self-affirm at least once daily. But, do not just the say words to say them because that is not really committing yourself to achieving a positive mindset. You have to mean the words you say, feel them, and genuinely believe in them to have any chance of swaying your mindset from negative to positive. So, choose positive words to self-affirm. There are plenty to choose from.  As self-affirmations are personal, they are also unique to you. Select short, powerful affirmations that you actually relate to, that inspire you, and that you actually believe so the impact of those words on you are meaningful.  Self-affirmations should help nurture and boost your spirit and that helps you get back into a positive frame of mind.

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

– Michael Hyatt

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