It’s not a shock or a surprise: People who have a positive outlook, who affirm themselves every morning, who visualize success and believe they can attain it tend to be the people who do the best, both in life and in business.

Positive thinking is about more than improving your attitude. It’s about enhancing your ability to achieve. It’s about expanding your capacity for success, however you may define the term. It’s about proactively removing negativity from your field of vision so that you can be singularly focused on getting results in your professional life.

But how? How can positive thinking be not merely understood, but actually embraced?

I have a number of incredibly pragmatic, real-world tips that you can implement starting today. They include:

  • Surround yourself with other people who think positively. If you spend all day hobnobbing with complainers, don’t be surprised when your own attitude takes a hit. Instead, try to find friends and family members who will offer you affirmation and enthusiasm. Allow yourself to bask in their positivity!
  • Express gratitude. We all have things in our life for which we should be thankful. Take time each day to articulate the things you’re most thankful for, and voice your gratitude to the people who deserve it. Saying thank you cannot help but transform your heart and mind.
  • Rather than doubt your ability to make the lives of others better, be adamant about giving where you can—even if it’s just giving some advice. Giving is a great way to orient yourself toward a more positive way of thinking.
  • Visualize success. What does success look like for you? What will it feel like when you meet your goals? Take some time each day to think about what success looks like. Visualize yourself achieving it. Make success feel more real and attainable to you.
  • Be quiet. Spend a few minutes each morning just being quiet and alone—either meditating or simply doing some breathing exercises. Starting your day with a sense of calm can go a long way toward maintaining positivity through the rest of it.

Harness the power of positive thinking today, and see how it transforms your mindset and your career.

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