One of the habits that I wanted to let go of in my life was that of thinking negatively. For most of my life I had a struggle with how to overcome negative thoughts. I was raised in a family where every day was a struggle with the activities of daily living and the idea that the Universe was kind and benevolent was simply not taught in my house as a kid.
It took some doing for me develop the habit of thinking in a positive manner; in a way that allowed me to enjoy my life. The truth is, that I really wanted something more positive for my life but I wasn't quite sure how to get it.
The steps to becoming a positive person are relatively simple, but are often in direct opposition to what we are taught by the authority figures in our lives.
- First we have to want something different.
- Then we have to find an example of that new idea.
- Then we have to practice the new idea until it becomes a new habit for us.
- Then we pay attention to that new habit in our lives and give ourselves a reward to reinforce our new habit.
- Then we wonder how we ever thought any other way.
Those are the steps I took to make "positive thinking made simple" become one of the core ideas of my life.
And what I really found that keeps many people from changing in this way is enough of the "gotta wanna" quality. The results of the change have to become important enough to be worth the energy we put into changing. So you really have to "gotta wanna" to allow that change to occur for you.
So yesterday, I was cleaning out some clutter from my closet and I came across this poem I wrote almost 20 years ago about this very subject - positive thinking made simple and I thought it might be kind of cool to post it here for you to read.
Please take a look and let me what you think in the comments below. And if you really like, please consider sharing it with your friends.
I Just Don't Care
It's not that I never get negative thoughts, it's that I know how to let go of them; quickly and easily. I can overcome those negative thoughts because I can practice the idea of
Positive Thinking Made Simple
That change became a part of my life, and it has been so much better to think positive thoughts as a habit. I takes some doing, but it surely is worth it.