We’ve all heard people say “cheer up”, “put a smile on your dial”, “get on with it”, though sometimes it seems to be a little easier said than done, doesn’t it?
Being positive can be a challenge under trying circumstances and there is no doubt there are times when non-positive emotions, like grief for example, are perfectly appropriate for the situation.
But in the day to day, how can we move from a negative state to a positive state?
Follow these 5 steps to achieve a positive state:
1. Anchor in for positivity
Ever heard a song on the radio that takes you back to a sad place in your life and you feel an emotional response to it? This is an example of an anchor at work.
An anchor is any stimulus that is associated with a specific response and can occur both consciously or unconsciously. You might describe an anchor as a trigger or something that sets us off on a particular emotional path. It might be something that happens, something you see, something you hear or something you feel that brings about an emotional reaction, either positive or negative. In the case of the sad song, you associated the song with a sad emotion at the time so it has become anchored into your unconscious. By simply hearing that song you now have a sad emotional response to it.
In a positive scenario, you might find comfort when someone puts their arm around you, because at some time in the past you experienced a positive emotional response to that physical connection. So wouldn’t it be good to be able to anchor in lots of positive states like calm, relaxation, motivation and confidence so that you can access them when the need arises?
When you understand how anchors work, you can set up resourceful anchors for yourself and purposefully use them as a powerful tool to positively manage your emotional state. With practice you can control your own state instead of allowing your state to control you. Pretty empowering, don’t you think?
2. Break up with your thoughts…it’s possible that you are better than you thought
Your thinking determines your outcomes, so it’s a good idea to take stock of what your inner voice is telling you. Do you find that you put yourself down with your self-talk? Do you give yourself a multitude of reasons for not going after what you want? Do you tell yourself that you’re not good enough? Negative self-talk and limiting beliefs might keep you nicely tucked into your comfort zone, but they are not going to give you what you want.
Imagine how well-formed those limiting beliefs might be after years of practise! You see, the more you run those patterns of thinking, the more embedded they will become. They’re just the same as habits. They’ll ultimately determine your behaviour, and your results.
Once you start to become aware that your self-talk may well be sabotaging your happiness, you can do something about it. Notice your negative thoughts and negative language and actively break the pattern.
Stop yourself, reframe your thoughts into positive ones and speak with more positivity. It could be as simple as changing your pattern from “Nah, I can’t do that” to something like “I’ve never tried that before, so it’s possible that I am better at it than I thought. I might even be great at it. I’ll give it a go”. The effect of reframing your thinking could have a profound affect your business.
3. Turn it on its head
How you look at a situation will determine your experience of it. You have the choice to look at any situation in the positive or the negative. Reframing is a great technique you can use when you are faced with a situation that brings about a negative emotional response in you or makes you feel disempowered. By putting the situation in a different frame, you can change its meaning, enabling you to think about it in a more positive and empowering way.
So, for example, a missed opportunity which you might normally see as a loss or a failure can be viewed more positively say, as one that opens up alternative possibilities for you. We can all choose to change our perception about anything. If you put a positive spin on it you’ll notice that your states and behaviours will also change.
4. Get grateful
It might sound corny, but scientific and practical evidence suggests that focussing your mind on what you are grateful for in your life, really does make positive changes on a neurological level. So get yourself a journal and start writing down all the things that you are grateful for. The important thing is to write daily. This process of writing down all the things that you are grateful for confirms to your unconscious mind that you are open and ready to receive more of what you want in your life.
The law of attraction, a law of nature, says that we become what we focus on. New things cannot come into your life if you are not grateful for what you have right now.
5. To be, or not to be…find your sweet spot
Interestingly, just making the choice to cheer up will, in fact, make you feel better. Run around a playground with a child and see if your mood doesn’t shift! Try skipping around the room vocalising ‘Singing in the Rain’ at the top of your voice; it’s near impossible not to smile, let alone not feel more positive!
You can choose to exhibit the more successful parts of your own behaviour or model other positive people to bring about improvements in your thinking and behaviour.
So find your sweet spot. What are the things that make you happy? Optimise your opportunities to connect with them. Get out there and do them. And if you can’t think of anything in the moment, jump on someone else’s bandwagon and join in the fun.
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Author: Gillian Skeer
Master Coach NLP at Creative Coaching Solutions, offers professional Life and Success Coaching and Training to clients internationally, and is based in Perth, Western Australia. Premium-level in-person, Skype and phone coaching is available.
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