Step 1: Become an Optimist
The first step in developing a positive mental attitude is to become an optimist rather than pessimist. Optimism is a vital component of good health and an ally in the healing process. Always focus on the positives even in challenging situations.
Step 2: Become Aware of Self-Talk
In order to develop or maintain a positive mental attitude we must guard against negative self-talk. We need to become conscious of our words and self-talk, then consciously work to imprint positive self-talk on the subconscious mind.
Step 3: Ask Better Questions
The quality of life is equal to the quality of the questions you habitually ask yourself, for example. An individual who is meet with a particular challenge or problem, can ask a number of questions when in this situation. Questions like “Why does this always happen to me?” and why am I always so stupid?” Do they get answers to these questions? Do the answers build self-esteem? Does the problem keep reappearing? What would be a higher-quality question? How about “This is a very interesting situation. What do I need to learn from this situation so that it never happens again?” Or how about “What can I do to make this situation better?” In another example, let’s look at an individual who suffers from depression. Questions she might ask herself that may not be helping her situation include “Why am I always so depressed?” “Why do things always seem to go wrong for me?” Better questions she might ask herself include “What do I need to do to gain more enjoyment and happiness in my life?” “What do I need to commit to doing in order to have more happiness and energy in my life?” After she has answered these questions, she might ask, “If I had happiness and high energy levels right now, what would it feel like?” you will be amazed at how powerful questions can be in your life. By changing the questions she reprograms her subconscious mind into believing she has abundance of energy.
Step 4: Employ Positive Affirmations
An affirmation is a statement with positive emotional intensity. It can be imprinted on our subconscious mind to create a healthy, positive self-image and help accelerate the changes one desires. Below are few affirmations that can help you go through your day:[checklist]
- I am blessed with an abundance of energy!
- Love, joy and happiness flow through me with every heartbeat
- I am thankful to God for all of my good fortune!
- Yes I can!
Step 5: Positive Goals
Setting goals is another powerful method for building a positive attitude and raising self-esteem, it can be used to create a “success cycle.” Achieving goals helps you feel better about yourself, and the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to achieve more goals. Remember to set short-term goals that can be used to help you achieve your long-term goals. Get into the habit of asking yourself the following questions each morning and evening: “What must I do today to achieve my long-term goals”
Step 6: Practice Positive Visualization
Positive visualization is another powerful tool in creating health, happiness, and success. We have to be able to see our life the way we want it before it can be able manifest in our existence. In terms of ideal health, you must absolutely picture yourself in a perfect health condition before you can truly experience it. You can use visualization in all areas of your life but especially when it comes to your health. Be creative and have fun with visualization and you will certainly lead your dream life.
Step 7: Laugh Long and Often
When you laugh frequently and take a lighter view of life, you will find that life is much more enjoyable, Researchers are discovering that laughter enhances the immune system and promotes improved physiology.[checklist]
- Laughter enhances the blood flow to the body’s extremities and improves cardiovascular functions.
- Plays an active part in the body’s release of endorphins and other natural mood elevating and painkilling chemicals.
- Improves the transfer of oxygen and nutrients to internal organs