FOCUS ON YOUR FUTURE: THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING
When was the last time you thought about tomorrow? When was the last time you stressed about tomorrow? Sometimes I feel as if I wake up stressing about tomorrow!
I have a great imagination. I find myself imagining how things will go wrong or how I’m going to fail. I’m sure you have a great imagination too, so how can we turn our fearful imaginations in fearless productivity? By the power of positive thinking!
Remember back to when you were a kid. How many times did you wake up wondering if you were going to be happy today? Hopefully not much. Kids have an innate sense about them to be able to look positively and not stress about their future. So what happened?
Life happens. We get older, we get wiser – or at least we stop living in the land of lolly pops and unicorns. We lose our innocence and instead of learning to trust the world – we fear it.
Reflect back at the last time you were truly worried about a situation. What happened? Did it turn out to be the end of the world as you had thought? Probably not. Hind sight can be a wonderful tool. But what if we learned to let our hind sight become our front sight?
What would happen if we learned to get out of our own heads, stop the negative thoughts, and stop worrying about what MIGHT happen? If we could start our day by imaging how awesome it’s going to be and how we are going to have the best day ever – we can learn to change our entire outlook on life. If we can think positively instead of trying to figure out how we are going to combat every negative scenario, then the time we spend being happy will increase.
WHAT COULD HAPPEN?
If we spend our time focusing on the positive, a couple of things will happen:
We have more time. This may seem like an unusual concept, but how much time of your day is wasted with worry? If we spent that time trying to be proactive instead of distracted we not only increase our overall quality of life, but our overall time we have during the day.
Failure is Not an Option. When we worry about if we are going to fail, it means we are giving ourselves the option to fail. We are giving ourselves an out. What happens when we have an out? It means as soon as things get hard – we bail. We bail on our dreams, we bail on our goals, we bail on all the hard work it takes to make a difference.
We have less stress. Why is this important? Click HERE to see what impact stress has on the body.
HOW TO THINK MORE POSITIVLEY
Here a few ways to start your day off right and begin thinking Happy Thoughts.
Find inspiring quotes and hang them on your mirror. Look at them every day – first thing in the morning and when you go to bed at night.
Wake up early enough to give yourself at least 5 minutes of meditation, reflection, – quiet time to start your day off right.
Exercise. Even if it’s just going for a short walk, being active releases serotonin in your body – the ‘happy hormone.’
Prepare. At the end of the day, think about what you are going to accomplish tomorrow. Think about how you can accomplish it – and be proactive in doing it!
Find a cheerleader. Find that best friend or a spouse that will cheer you on every day and give you abundant amounts of encouragement.
Purge the negative. Every day write down one negative thing that is impacting your life and then promise yourself to STOP it. Whether it’s a thought or an action or simply an unnecessary stressor – get rid of it!
A JOURNEY THROUGH SPINNING
Six months ago, in December of 2016, I walked into a spinning class at my local gym for the very first time. I had no idea what I was doing. Sure, I had ridden a bike before but I had always avoided the class because I had it in my head that spinning was boring. I mean, being on a stationary bike for an hour and going nowhere was not my idea of a fun time. But for some strange reason I decided to give it a try. I had ridden a bike before so how hard could it be, right?
By 8 minutes into class, I thought I was going to die! My legs hurt, my knees hurt, and I was panting so hard I was sure everybody else in the room was listening and just waiting for me to pass out.
But you know what happened? I went back again the next week, and then again the following week. Each time I got stronger, was able to push a little harder, and ride a little faster.
Now, I look forward to going to spinning class. Not just because of the exercise, but because every time I leave the room I feel as if I have accomplished something. I feel like I have conquered my fear and have become an overcomer – because it’s a lot harder than you think. I never knew there was so many different ways to ride a bike!
A LESSON THROUGH SPINNING
One of the most important lessons I learned with Spinning class was to not only push the pedal down – but pull it up. I know that sounds a little weird. Of course you have to push the pedals – that’s how you ride a bike. BUT you build on your strength and resistance by actively pulling it up!
It’s the same way in life. Most of us are great at going downhill – we sail freely flowing wherever gravity takes us! It’s when we reach those uphill battles in life where most of us simply give up.
No one ever failed who didn’t give up.
We need to realize that when we choose to live life abundantly – accepting the highs AND the lows, we can prepare ourselves to push back on the low points by actively pulling ourselves up. And we climb.
We push through the resistance to climb uphill.
What’s your uphill battle? What’s your spinning class? What are you afraid of trying today? Drop me a comment below. Let’s battle this together!
You will never know what you can achieve if you never try. And when you do try, you’ll realize the fear was worse than actually doing it.