The casual positive thinker sways between emotions depending on the situation. The habitual positive thinker applies a mental strength to any situation to discover a solution. A casual positive thinker avoids conflict which ultimately leads to limiting their personal growth. A habitual positive thinker embraces critical thought to strengthen the solutions at hand and grow.
In my own journey, I had spent much of my life as the reactor, an individual that ‘stuff’ happened to. It took a few catalysts to get me to reach the stage of a casual positive thinker and realize that good things do happen and that life gives you more when you let go a little. Currently, (I believe) I am consistently making steps towards the phase of becoming a habitual positive thinker. There have been many teachings from motivational gurus and mentors that have helped me in my journey and I thought I would paraphrase a few of the lessons.
1) Self-talk is crucial in getting yourself through the tough times. – Be your own cheerleader and boost your energy by telling yourself (even in front of the mirror) how awesome you are.
2) Everyone has a story that we can learn from – being open to learn from others regardless of their life status will create empathy and will allow you to be a more effective leader.
3) Your environment greatly influences the way you think….positive or negative – surrounding yourself with good people, books, quotes, living space etc. all make a great difference in how you think
4) Tomorrow is a new day - there are always opportunities to do better and be better. Tough days don’t last forever!
5) Figure out a way to bounce back and then use it again – for me, my journal is a great outlet for stress or for self-reflection to understand how I can be better. Whatever your outlet is, use it as that crutch to lift you when you need it.
There are many more lessons and this list will change as I continue to be exposed to new situations. What are some lessons that have transformed your mind and led to your own personal growth?