Positive thinking is not everything. You cannot just think positive and change your life. There needs to also be feeling and action to create change.
However, having a positive attitude will help. This is because like attracts like — consciousness creates reality. Therefore, if you think this is stupid, impossible, and cannot be done — that’s probably your reality.
It is not easy in the world today to think positive. Spend any time surfing online and chances are you’ll be inundated with reasons to feel negative and outright bad. Yet positivity is a key to conscious reality creation and being the best you that you can be.
Mindfulness of what you are thinking and what and how you are feeling will show you if you’re mindset is dominated by positivity or negativity. Recognizing this is a factor for change. Positivity opens you up to creating a life worthy and deserving of you.
That bears repeating and emphasis. A life worthy and deserving of you. The ideal life for you already exists, you just need to use your mindfulness to consciously create it. Finding, creating, and having a positive attitude goes hand-in-hand with that.
When I was recovering from my injuries — after getting hit by a car crossing a street as a pedestrian — my attitude was dominated by positivity. I didn’t allow negativity or doubt to take root in my psyche. Sure, I had incredible medical care…but even they found the speed and totality of my recovery both unexpected and impressive.
If I can do it, so can you.
Attitude shifters for finding more positivity
To help you shift your mindset towards positivity, it is extremely helpful to have attitude shifters.
What is an attitude shifter? An attitude shifter is something you can think about or focus on that will make you feel good.
Attitude shifters can come in many forms. A picture of a person, place, or thing that makes you feel happy. A song, movie dialogue, or comedy routine that puts you in a good mood. The smell of something that brings your mind to positive thoughts.
Pretty much anything that stimulates one of your senses in a manner that makes you feel good can serve as an attitude shifter.
Because attitude shifters can take on so many forms and come from a vast landscape of lifetime experiences, it is a good idea to have several to choose from.
Attitude shifters are frequently not just memory. They are the recollection of something and the sense it stimulates that is most useful in changing your mood.
Because you are typically working with an intangible, you do not need to have any physical objects in order to make use of the attitude shifter. This can be very effective when you are somewhere you cannot physically change, but mentally need to take a new approach, such as meetings, waiting in line, horrid traffic, and the like.
Finding, recognizing, and using attitude shifters
How do you know if something is an attitude shifter for you? When you think about that image, scent, touch, taste, sound, emotion, or experience, does it put a smile on your face? Does it make your heart happy? Does it make you feel good?
If the answer is YES — you have found an attitude shifter.
Using attitude shifters takes effort. It is not hard work, it is conscious work. This is a matter of mindfulness, and being aware of your thoughts and feelings.
It is fairly simple to make use of an attitude shifter. For the most part, it can be done in two steps:
- Ask yourself — How do I feel? You might be amazed how seldom you actually pause to ask that of yourself. If you are feeling good or positive, you don’t need an attitude shifter. If, however, you find that you are feeling nothing or you are feeling negative, go to:
- Choose an attitude shifter. Sometimes this takes considerable effort, depending on whether the situation you are in is passive and has already caused the negativity or active and ongoing.
For example: Remember that child’s laugh; think about that song that makes you want to dance; remember holding your lover’s hand. Find an attitude shifter like these that you can use to change your mindset. This is why having more than one is a good idea — If one is not working you can choose another.
The great thing about attitude shifters is that they are many and varied and constantly being created, discovered, and renewed. It is not so difficult to take a moment in your mind to bring forth that memory and sensation in order to change how you are feeling.
A practical exercise
Here is how I would suggest getting started with this (I am sharing this idea is as much for me as it is for you).
Consciously choose five things that make you feel good and/or make you happy. Take some time to firmly place them in your memory. Even when you are feeling good, focus on them, so that they are clearer and easier to reach.
When you need to shift your attitude, you will have five readily available options. In time, you can add more, and use these attitude shifters to find further positivity to better make your life the best that it can be.
Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action
Knowing the importance of positivity in your mindset for conscious reality creation, you can use attitude shifters to create, find, and have more. When you influence and take control over your thoughts and feelings and be more positive it ultimately empowers you. When you feel empowered, your mindfulness increases, you become more aware overall, and that tends to spread to other people around you.
As such, you can build more positive feelings and discover more things to feel positivity and gratitude for.
Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. An attitude of gratitude is an attitude of positivity that begets even more good energies — and that, like you, is always worthwhile.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you matter, and positivity is yours for the finding.
Originally published at http://titaniumdon.com on August 26, 2019.