Creating a life filled with love and magic starts with having the right mindset. Which is why you need to challenge yourself to have positive thinking.
This isn’t just about filtering your thoughts or even changing them. This is about the quality of your thoughts. Your mind is precious and valuable real estate so it should be treated as such. Which means that rubbish isn’t permitted.
I’m sure you hear about the power of your thoughts everywhere. But, there’s so much truth to it. Your thinking really does shape your reality.
Your thoughts create energies which will then affirm what your life looks like. So, if you keep failing at producing the life you desire, it’s because your thinking isn’t in alignment with what you want.
You may even be thinking right now that you have positive thoughts as frequently as possible and are now dismissing this as a sham. But, isn’t that train of thought already a negative mentality?
The fact of the matter is that we all get bombarded with negative thoughts. It’s not about controlling the thoughts. It’s about not allowing the negativity to control and dictate how we live our lives.
But, that starts with being conscientious of the negativity in the first place. It’s so easy to not even be aware of them when it’s a part of your life.
Think of it like brushing your teeth. It’s habitual so you pay no attention to what comes in and what goes out.
Don’t just challenge yourself; increase your expectations
That’s going to change starting right now. When you can start to place an emphasis on what comes in, you have a better ability to prevent it from entering in the first place.
I’m not by any means saying that you have to be filled with perfect thoughts 24/7 because that’s simply not possible. We live in a world with nearly eight billion people. While it’s a beautiful world, we do see the ugliness in humanity from time to time. Or, maybe, the majority of the time is more appropriate.
What do you expect out of life? Do you meet your own expectations or do you casually allow yourself to settle for mediocrity?
Getting what you want starts with refusing to allow anything that falls short of what will keep you happy from being in your life in the first place. That all starts with positive thinking.
Anyway, you want to mitigate the onslaught of negativity as best as you can. Which means start weening out what makes you get cranky in the first place.
Let’s get started on how you can challenge yourself to have positive thinking, shall we?
Evaluate what prevents you from having a positive mindset
Start cutting anything out of your life which prevents you from having a life filled with love and magic.
Ask yourself- what makes you agitated?
- social media
- Debbie downers
If you think anything on the above list is drastic, well, so is not having the life you want. Having the life you deserve starts with getting rid of anything and anyone that stands in between you and your goals.
I don’t mean that in a cut-throat and ruthless manner. But, you’re more deserving of your own happiness than the friend who’s version of happiness is to use you as an emotional dumping ground.
Because at that point, you’re sacrificing your sanity and wellbeing for someone else. That’s not self-love. That’s being a martyr.
Once you’ve taken stock and started to cut out what’s preventing you from positive thinking, you need to start forgiving the past, which brings me to the next step.
Heal from the past
Being human, we all naturally get consumed with negative thoughts. Sometimes more than we care to admit. Most of the times we have a tendency to get so trapped in the toxicity of our minds that we fail to realize how detrimental it is for our wellbeing.
Trials and tribulations happen in life. Life happens in life. But it also can’t paralyze us from moving forward. Ask yourself the following questions.
Have you ever?
- had your heart broken?
- had a loved one pass?
- gotten into a heated argument with someone else?
- had or currently have a job you despise?
- had someone betray your trust?
I’m sure you’ve had at least a few of those happen to you. Now, ask yourself- have you truly forgiven the past or the someone who hurt you?
Be honest. There’s no wrong answer unless you’re lying to yourself.
You can’t possibly have an optimistic mindset if you’re constantly being reminded of the burdens of yesterday. Heal yourself the past so that you can start fresh.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to heal because everyday that you choose to prolong yourself from coping with the past is robbing you of your happiness. So you might as well start to slay those demons now and bring in an even better tomorrow.
Let’s move onto the next and final step of how to challenge yourself to have positive thinking.
We’ve established that in order to develop a healthier mind starts with removing what prevents you from in the first place along with you needing to heal from the past. You can’t allow anything to contribute to you drowning in filth by your own mind.
Albeit, you cannot change what happens, but you can also make a conscious effort to repel the negativity. When that happens, your entire life changes.
This is about having an arsenal of tools at your disposal to help alleviate the negative banter that infiltrates you mind. You want to strive to be in a constant quest for self-improvement.
Actively seeking creative yet simplistically profound ways to diminish what is not serving you for your highest good should always be a priority in your life. Which is why the quarter challenge will immensely help you in reshaping your paradigms.
What you’ll need:
- quarters (lots of them-you can go to the bank to take some out)
- patience with yourself
- honesty (brutal honesty)
Here’s how to do it:
- place a quarter into a cup for every negative thought you have
- do this for three days to start with (go longer if you feel compelled)
- donate the quarters you used
I thought of this challenge on a whim one day and decided to try it out for myself. It went pretty successfully so I wanted to share it with you.
At the end of the challenge, I donated the quarters to a homeless person. The reason for this is because I didn’t want to reward myself for the negativity.
It also wasn’t meant for punishment. In giving to someone less fortunate than myself, I was able to see the blessings in my life.
The quarter challenge is so amazing because it forces you to be conscientious of what you allow into your mind. Most of the times, you’re probably not even aware of the thoughts you have.
When you take the time to filter what’s coming in, you get a chance to be proactive about your thoughts rather than being reactive. Make a cognizant attempt to strive for bliss, not just wish for it wondering why it’s not coming in.
There you have it…how to challenge yourself to have positive thinking. Bring in the love and magic not by changing your thoughts, but the quality of your thoughts.
Time is a variable quantity and is the most precious gift that has been bestowed upon us. With that, time gives you two choices. You can either utilize it to hinder your growth or propel you to reach your fullest potential.
We all get twenty four hours in one day. How will you choose to spend it…misery or bliss?
What ways do you challenge yourself to have positive thinking? Let me know in the comments below.
Be sure to share this with anyone that can benefit from this.
See ya soon.
In the meantime, stay zenspired!
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