You can be a positive thinker. Try this advise from two best-sellers on the subject. “The Power of Positive Thinking,” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and “The Power of Optimism: How You Can Bring Out the Best in Yourself,” by Alan Loy McGinnis:
- Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Be confident although not egotistical.
- “Be on fire for something!” Have a reason for living, Peale says. It gives you energy.
- Picture yourself succeeding. Athletes do it all the time. McGinnis calls this rehearsing success.
- Choose happiness. Obviously, you don’t always have the choice. But when you can pick between being happy or sad, there shouldn’t be a doubt. Don’t create your own unhappiness.
- “Count your blessings,” says McGinnis. There are reasons to be positive. Make a list of your assets—family, spouse, children, friends, health, integrity, freedom, car, home, faith.
- No phony pep talks. If you have a mess on your hands, admit it, says McGinnis. But also look at positive ways to fix that mess.
- Replace a negative thought, when it does crop up, with a new positive thought.
- Optimism of a feather, flock together. “Hang out” with upbeat thinkers and doers at work, home or school. Their attitude will rub off on you.
- Know your limits. This old proverb is on-so-true. “Grant me the sernity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”