Your Beliefs Dictate Your Outcome
Your personal beliefs are a powerful thing. They can either help you be successful or they can be a detriment to your success. When we think positively about something we’re more likely to have a successful outcome, whereas if we think negatively about something we’re more likely to have an unsuccessful outcome.
Sounds so simple, right? It is simple in theory, but not always in practice. That’s because our personal beliefs have often been shaped by decades of believing what others have said about us (good and bad!).
For example, if you want to run your first half-marathon, but believe you’re not capable of doing so because your sister made fun of your body and clumsiness growing up, this negative belief will most likely keep you from even training for a race.
Conversely, if you want to run your first half-marathon and believe you can (because you know despite what your sister said, you possess willpower, strength, and determination) this positive thinking will propel you forward to the finish line.
Beliefs can be so powerful they can prevent us from ever taking the first step forward – be it in a race or any other goal in life.
Here are some ways to think more positively about yourself and life in general:
Surround yourself with positive people. When you surround yourself with positive people, that positivity will rub off on you. The old adage “misery loves company” is true, when we pal around with people that complain, judge, overgeneralize and talk pessimistically, their negativity becomes our own. The same is true when it comes to our social lives online. If you feel yourself bogged down with negative people on social media, unplug from technology for a time.
Talk the positive talk. Use positive speech, such as “I can” instead of “I can’t” and “should” rather than “shouldn’t.” Refrain from comparing yourself to others in speech or thought. Talk to yourself in a positive manner too. Every morning or evening, identify three things that are going well in your life and say them out loud or jot down a few of your strengths in a journal each day. Finally, adopt a personal motto, such as “I am strong, I am bold, I am capable.” Do not be afraid to repeat it when you are tempted to doubt your belief in yourself.
Stay mentally and physically fit. When we feel our best physically and mentally, we’re at our best emotionally. Care for your mental health with good nutrition, sleep, and support from others. Practice a hobby that improves mindfulness like meditation, yoga or gardening and stay active physically through walking, swimming or any other activity you enjoy. Overall, partake in activities that bring you joy and bring joy to the lives of others.
Free yourself. Often times in order to think more positively we must let go of regrets, anger or hurt from the past. The present time is your time! You are the author of your life and you can do whatever you set out to achieve. This is a time of self-acceptance and gratitude. When you’re out and about smile and show the world you maintain a hopeful, happy outlook on life. When you’re home, be sure your home is your peaceful sanctuary – a place of positivity and light. Always see yourself as the Goddess you are and believe in yourself the way our Creator believes in you.