Positive Thinking

What You Think Can Inform How You Feel

Your mind is powerful, and it can work wonders for you… or it can be your worst enemy. You need to understand just how closely related thoughts and emotions are and why it is important to be capable of honing positive thoughts.

Thoughts and the World Around You

Your thoughts, and your mental cognitions, are the way we view the world. They are often informed by our beliefs and ideas and can be colored by our education, culture, genetics, physical condition, and so much more. When you have negative thoughts, it could be a reflection of what you feel the world is or what you believe yourself to be.

Negative thinking can start to lead to negative consequences in your life. It’s not because you are cursed by some form of dark magic, of course. Instead, it’s more like a self-fulfilling prophecy. When you think negatively and expect negative things, that’s all you are going to latch onto. You will feel worse because you expect the worst.

On the other hand, when you strive to think positively and look to the good in things, it becomes easier to focus on the positive. You can come to expect the positive. It doesn’t mean you are lucky. It just means you view things through a different, brighter lens. This is true even when looking at the same results as the negative person above.

Your Thoughts Inform Your World View

If you think negatively, you are going to see the world as a bad place. It will feel as though everything is going wrong and that you are a victim of things out of your control. Your thoughts can trigger emotions. If you are worried about a job interview, you might feel fear and spiral when you think about all of the things that could go wrong.

If you look to the positive and see the good that the world has to offer, you will feel as though things are going your way. It really is a matter of perspective.

You Can Make Changes to How You Think

As you can see, what you think can inform how you feel and how you view the world. It can be hard to change from a negative mindset, but it is possible. It might require changing an external situation that is causing real harm. It could require changing focus from the negative to the positive, which can be hard for a lot of people. It could also require changing the way you look at certain situations to see them as opportunities rather than situations to dread.

Mel Doerr

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