Positivity in Practice: How to Harness a Positive Mindset

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Harness the power of positivity by focusing on what you can control and influence rather than your limitations. It's time to adjust your mindset, embrace the incredible power within you, and pave the way to a brighter, more fulfilling life.

Unleashing the Strength Within: A Guide to the Power of Positivity

The more you focus on what you can influence, the more you will find you are able to influence. Instead of reacting to or worrying about conditions over which they have little or no control, proactive people focus their time and energy on things they can control. - Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Marshall Connects blog, Positivity in Practice: How to Harness a Positive Mindset

Cultivating a positive mindset becomes a remarkable tool for navigating life's twists and turns. This blog offers insights, practical tips, and a roadmap to harness the transformative potential of positivity. Join us as we explore the science behind optimism, unlock the secrets of a resilient mindset, and embark on a quest to elevate your well-being. It's time to embrace the incredible power within you and pave the way to a brighter, more fulfilling life.

Ask Yourself…

How often do you focus on your limitations and challenges rather than your freedoms? We're hard-wired to focus on the negative (the things we can't control) rather than the positive (the things we can).

The Power Of Positivity Is Paramount To Our Overall Happiness

When coaching clients, I frequently find they focus on their limitations. These are the things they can't control instead of what they can. This way of thinking is very restricting and negatively affects attitude and behaviour. A positive attitude is paramount to our overall happiness. We can focus on things we deem "unfair continuously" or put our energy into something we can influence.

When it comes to achieving a positive attitude, I recommend accepting that life isn't perfect and anticipating that you will encounter daily challenges. Part of this is working to overcome your fear of failure and developing resiliency simultaneously.

Don't Let A Fear Of Failure Stop You

Many people allow the fear of these daily challenges to set their path. But don't become a statistic! Learn how to choose a path of joy and optimism to better your life. Part of the power of positivity is that it's okay to make mistakes. Realizing what didn't work is how we learn and grow.

Consider this: the world's greatest inventions were created out of failure. The inventors didn't quit! They gave it their all. Prepare to do the same. After all, that's what it might take to succeed. But in the end, your effort will have been worth it when you obtain what you wanted.

For more on how to stop being the obstacle in your path, click here.

Develop Resiliency

While hardships are inevitable, we have the power to control and overcome them. As our emotional intelligence improves, we learn to cope with and manage our problems. As we do, we become more resilient. But it's not the only experience that teaches us resiliency. There are steps we can take to develop this skill. Click here to learn more about cultivating resilience in life.

Control Your Perception And Develop A Positive Mindset

It's essential to recognize that even if you can't control a situation, you CAN control your perception of what's happening. It influences your feelings. Ultimately, managing your emotions in these types of situations will help you harness the power of positivity.

Control plays a considerable role in our lives. But the reality is, there isn't that much we can control. The quicker we learn to release the things we can't control and practice what we can, the more fulfilling our lives will be.

The Seven Things We Have Control Of In Life

Catherine Goldberg, CEO of BrainBuzz, identifies seven things we can control in life:

  1. Your Breath
  2. Your Self-talk (don't miss these strategies to make your negative self-talk disappear).
  3. Your Gratitude
  4. Your Body Language
  5. Your Mental and Physical Fitness
  6. Your Diet
  7. Your Sleep
The power of positivity goes a long way!

It is pretty simple to adjust our mindset to embrace positivity once we focus on what we can control and influence rather than our limitations. This behaviour strengthens our emotional intelligence, which positively impacts the quality of our lives.  For more insight, I encourage you to read my book, The Power of Emotion: A Practical Approach to Making the Most of Your Emotional Intelligence. Or perhaps, if you prefer journaling, you'll want to check out The Mindful Journal: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence through Reflective Writing.

This article was originally published on October 27, 2018, and has been updated (February 2024).

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