These days it can be really difficult to think positively. It seems like every day there is more bad news about the economy, and no one really knows when a change is going to come or when the bad times are going to end, or even how bad it`s going to get before things turn around.
At times like this it`s really easy to get caught in a cycle of negative thinking. It doesn`t seem like anything is going right, so you think negative thoughts and fill your mind with worry about the next bad thing that`s going to happen, whether you`re going to be able to keep paying your bill or even if you`ll still have a job next year.
All that negativity isn`t very much fun, for one thing. It`s impossible to be very happy about things if you`re filling your mind with worry, doom and gloom. It`s also hard to see the good things that are already in your life if you`re worrying about those things going away.
And the truth is the more you think negatively, the more negative effects you`re going to see in your life. You might find that after a day of negativity you`re actually feeling physically sick like you have a cold coming on. This isn`t your imagination, it`s a real physical manifestation of your negative thoughts, and a clear example of how we`re able to influence our environment and what happens to us through our thoughts and feelings.
On the flip side we can also influence what happens to us in a positive way, though positive thinking and feelings. Focusing on the good that is already in our lives and thinking about the greater good that will come to us in the future, the goals we want to achieve and the things we want to have, will make more good things come into our lives.
The key is to focus on what it is that you want in your life, not what you don`t want. Clearly we all want security, peace and stability in our lives, our jobs and our families, but all too often we think about what would happen if those things were taken away from us. We dwell on lost jobs, illness and divorce, and those negative thoughts and feelings just bring more negative energy into our lives.
If you want to feel more positive, think more positive thoughts. If you want more goodness in your life, think about the good things you have and how you`d like your life to be. Imagine a life that is calm, a job that provides all the money you need and a family that is happy, and that is what you will have.
Positive thinking isn`t just a way to make you feel better in hard times (though it will do that). It`s a concrete thing that you can do to turn your life around, no matter how crazily things are swirling around you.