Make Lemonade Out of Lemons

Sure fire steps to positive thinking!

It’s just as easy to have negative thoughts as it is to have positive ones. That simplistic statement was coined by a great professional boxer named Sugar Ray Robinson. While the statement may seem obvious and over simplified, the truth is that many people find positive thinking to be a difficult chore.

Negative thinking is like a disease. It eats away at the potential for pleasant thoughts and becomes more prominent the longer it goes unchecked.  For those who succumb to this way of thinking, it becomes natural to find the worst in a situation. So much so, that they often do not even recognize their thoughts as negative. They expect the negative and some would even say that they unwittingly will the negative to happen. These negative thinkers take comfort in knowing what to expect and expecting the worst means they will rarely be disappointed. Ironically even the person who assumes the worst would like for the best to happen in their lives. Let’s explore some possible ways to change habitual thought patterns so even the most profound negative thinkers can find a way to make lemonade out of lemons.

Self-help books will tell you that thinking negative brings about negative energy. There are several studies out now that show that positive thinking can “manifest” positive outcomes. If you are looking for ways to increase your happiness and improve your quality of life, then you must first determine if your thought pattern is part of the detriment to a better life. When life hands you lemons, do you make lemonade or do you complain about how unfair life is? If you are the person who finds the glass half empty instead of half full, then keep reading and hopefully you will find a few answers to help change your habit of negative thinking.

Positive thinking is easy once you allow yourself to let go of the fear that holds you back. Yes, fear is what keeps negative thinkers from expecting the best. To expect the best means that you could potentially be let down and disappointed. However, it also gives you a better chance of succeeding. If you expect not to receive a call back from the interview for your dream job, then you will be less disappointed when you do not receive that call. However, on the other hand, if you have the confidence that you are qualified for the job and do expect that call back, your potential employer may see that determination and decide you are exactly the person they are looking for to fulfill the position. The fear of failure keeps you from the things you want most while finding the courage to believe in the best may actually bring about the best.

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