Think Positive!

Here’s How

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:

  1. Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Be confident although not egotistical.
  2. “Be on fire for something!” Have a reason for living, Peale says. It gives you energy.
  3. Picture yourself succeeding. Athletes do it all the time. McGinnis calls this rehearsing success.
  4. 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.
  5. “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.
  6. 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.
  7. Replace a negative thought, when it does crop up, with a new positive thought.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.”