Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more;

Whine less, breathe more;

Talk less, say more;

Love more, and all good things will be yours.

Swedish Proverb

Positive thinking is something that we have all hear a lot about. It is one of those things, like good health, that seems to have no down side. But it’s not enough to just tell yourself that you want to think positively. But, negative assumptions can be so deeply ingrained in your mind that it will take a great deal of determination to overcome them.

One thing that you can do to encourage positive thinking is to set yourself worthwhile and attainable goals. They don’t have to be, and in fact shouldn’t be, super-huge goals. Something like mowing the lawn in an hour before the big game on TV could be ideal.

Little things like this can give you a genuine sense of accomplishment and help you to feel more positively about yourself. This will carry over into feeling more positive about everything else in your life. A correct and positive attitude in whatever you do will make life easier and more enjoyable.

1. Live by design, and not default. Take passionate action toward living your life by design, on purpose. Talk is cheap. Taking action makes deposits in the bank of your passionately authentic future. Without action, the passion is pointless.

For example, you might have a really big dream; something you long to do or have. But the longer you sit and dream about it, no matter how passionately you feel about it, you will never achieve it unless you actually get up and take some action. And yes, as the picture above says, ”a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”.

2. Commit, and commit again. Commit to yourself, as well as those you care for, that you will work to create a life you can love. Instead of reacting to situations all the time, commit to creating from your heart and soul, out of love rather than out of a place of fear.

3. Perfect present. Recognize and embrace the thought that each moment is perfect no matter the outcome. Every time you hit on something that may appear a little too extreme, why not give it a shot and see if it will work out. You will often surprise yourself when you begin to see that there are frequently many other ways of getting a task done on time. If you are not pleased with the outcome, decide to use that moment as an opportunity to learn, and make the appropriate shift.

4. Practice gratitude. Dwell completely in a place of gratitude. Learn to utilize what you have in at hand and make use of it in the most constructive way possible. Slipping into a mindset of neediness will become less of a habit when you repeatedly remember to shift toward gratitude, away from a poverty or “lack of” way of approaching life.

5. Formulate you passionate drive. I know, it sounds weird, but stick with me. Use a Passion Formula of Recognize/Reevaluate/Restore instead of the Shoulda/Woulda/Coulda quicksand. The former is based in increased knowledge and abundance while the latter focuses on scarcity, lack and need.

6. Laugh. Keep humor at the forefront of your mind, Laugh at and with yourself when possible. You will probably find yourself quite entertaining when you loosen up a bit! Life has too much to offer you to allow yourself to mope around in self pity. Humor is very attractive, passionate, life-affirming and life-giving.

7. Build it your way. Understand that you are the architect of your destiny. No one can take your passionate future from you except for you! Create your life authentically. As long as there is still breath in your body, there is no limit to how much you can accomplish in your lifetime.

8. Do it! without action, the rest is null and void. (Yeah, I know it says 7…)

Try a few of these steps and watch everything flow into place with perfect, passionate precision.

What’s your favorite technique to help stay positive?

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