Keeping a Positive Attitude

Are you constantly bombarded by thoughts of negativity? Plagued by feelings of insecurity? Do you see everything in a negative manner?

The reason for this lies deep within your heart. Just as your physical being is affected by what you eat and drink, you also become what you consume mentally and spiritually. If you drink a lot of alchohol every day, odds are your body will be affected in some way. You may have liver issues, develop cancer or incur some other type of health problem directly related to the amount of alcohol you have consumed. In the same way, when you constantly feed yourself negative thoughts you simply turn into a negative person.

Now is the time to go on a diet. A diet of positive attitude food. You have to literally stop feeding your heart and mind negative things. Ask yourself is this thought negative or positive? What do negative thoughts look like? Well, they say can’t rather than can, no rather than yes, won’t rather than will, have to rather than want to. The Bible speaks about taking every thought captive. The problem in our society has become that our thoughts have taken us captive. We have begun to let our thoughts control us.

A great way to know what you are negative about is to ask those people who are closest to you. You can ask your spouse
or another person in your life who really knows you how they would rate your attitude on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 being super positive and 1 super negative. Ask this person to be totally honest with you. You will benefit from their honesty even if it causes you pain. Ask this person what it is that you specifically say that they perceive as negative. Write down what they say and look at the actual words.

Now is the time to be honest with yourself. Those words are a reflection of what is inside you, of what has taken you captive and controls you. They are who you are.

The great thing is that you can change. You simply make the choice to do so. You must replace the thoughts of negativity with thoughts of positivity. Change the negative words on your paper. Once you have done this, make an effort to insert these new positive thoughts into your mind. You will notice a positive change taking place in your life. Your family, friends and co-workers will all notice it as well. They may not know what is different about you. But they will know that you are not the same person that you were.

The sources of negativity in your life could very well be the news, movies, constantly replaying tragedy in your mind and the list could go on. These things should be eliminated if you want your new mental health regimen to be a success. The news is very negative and does not help someone who is trying to rid their mind of such thoughts. When you are feeding yourself thoughts of death from a war or gunshot or car accident visually the outcome will be negative.

There is a time to grieve over the death of a loved one. However, if you constantly replay this as a negative event in your mind it can lead to depression. The person who has passed away is not coming back and you must close that chapter in your lie and move on. Choose to proceed with your own life, no matter how hard this may be.

You can do it. You can have a positive attitude, if you simply take the steps outlined here. You do not have to be what you were in the past. You can be different in the future. The choice is yours.

All good things,
John

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