How to Use Positive Thinking to Improve Your Life

“When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
― Elvis Presley (Tweet This)

Can you really change your life by thinking positive thoughts? Is this some sort of hippie, feel-good stuff that has no concept of reality?

Unfortunately, that seems to be the attitude of a lot of people. The truth, though, is this:

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” — The Buddha

And it’s not only “what” you think, but “how” you think!

Why Are Positive Thoughts So Powerful?

The power of positive thinking has a basis in physics. Everything is energy, and everything has a specific vibration. Like attracts like, so the quality of your thoughts attract situations with similar vibrations.

You may argue that the vibrations of your environment and circumstances affect your own vibration. That’s true, but only if you allow them to.

See, the high vibrations of love and happiness have far more power than the low vibrations of fear and negativity. The human condition seems to be one of “seeing is believing,” so we allow the “obvious” negativity in our lives to dominate our thoughts. This attracts more of the same.

What we don’t do, for the most part, is raise our vibration through positive thinking. With it, we can reach the point where “believing is seeing,” where your thoughts override the negativity around you and begin to influence you.

Profound stuff, I know!

Look at the people in your life, and then look at yourself as objectively as you can.

Do you believe your lives are at the mercy of external influences like bosses, the economy, the government, jobs, family obligations, education, and financial status, etc.?

Do you operate in a state of learned helplessness, believing, “No matter how hard I try, nothing ever changes. What’s the use?”

Do you live for the weekend?

Do you see life as a struggle, or as an adventure?

Do you find yourself blaming, complaining, or condemning?

Are you generally happy or generally unhappy?

If you said “yes” to any of these — even on some level — you’re not alone. That’s what many of our lives are like. We don’t believe that our thoughts have the power to influence our physical reality. We don’t believe in our own power.

Now look at some people you admire, the ones who seem to have it all. Not necessarily the ones with the most bling or cha-ching, either. There are plenty of miserable millionaires.

I’m talking about the people who live their lives like you wish you could live yours. That’s why you’re noticing them. They’re on your radar to show you that you can live that life too!

So what’s the difference between them and everybody else?

It’s NOT family fortunes, good education, or luck.

Some of the world’s most influential people were born into unfortunate circumstances and had all sorts of obstacles to overcome! So there has to be an internal factor at play here.

The difference is the quality of their thoughts. They choose to think positively. They choose to think about what can be accomplished, not what can’t be done. They think of possibilities, not limits.

What they think about comes about… same as you. Same as everyone else. It’s a matter of your thoughts — your internal world — transcending the conditions of the outer world.

The happy, positive, successful people choose to see the beauty and blessings in everything. They see the silver lining and the opportunities. They don’t allow external influences to disrupt their sense of well-being. And you know what? The more positively they think, the more they attract the good things they want in life.

Positive Thinking Tips

Imagine if you were to start giving heartfelt appreciation for everything in your life.

I mean everything.

Not just the good and the happy but the bad, the scary, the unpleasant, the difficult, and the painful, too.

What if you were to start seeing the blessings and lessons in everything and the beauty in all people? What if you were to realize that your happiness does not depend on anything but your decision to be happy?

What if you said to yourself, “I don’t have to allow this to bring me down. I can deal with this situation in a spirit of optimism and joy of living”?

Take inspiration from little kids.

Their imaginations are as unbound as the universe. They think only of possibilities. Sure, they don’t have responsibilities or obligations, but they also don’t have the freedom to do what they want.

You do — if you choose to! Successful people have responsibilities and obligations, but somehow things fall into place for them. Positive thinking determines the direction of their lives.

Would you rather be around people who are happy and inspiring, or people who talk doom and gloom? Which ones do you naturally gravitate to?

If you find that people around you are negative (even if it’s subtle and unconscious), then that’s a reflection of your own current vibration.

Remember, like attracts like. The people whose negativity surrounds them aren’t getting the most out of life.

Life truly is what you make it. Make it positive! You can think negative thoughts, and life will continue as it is now. Or, you can become aware of your thoughts and change them.

You have the power to choose to think happy, positive thoughts and raise your vibration. By raising your vibration, your circumstances will change for the better, and your life will blossom.

Every positive thought brings your vibration that much closer to the vibration of Love.

This article on positive thinking was originally published on Mindvalley Academy. If you liked it, you can like it on Medium, share it on Facebook and Twitter, or follow us!

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