Did you know that you have the power to change your life by simply changing the way you think? Sounds profound, doesn't it? It really isn't. It's liberating!

Positive thinking has the ability to significantly alter the outcome of certain situations. Just think about it. When was the last time your optimism helped you overcome an obstacle in your life? Chances are you're going to say last month, last week or even yesterday. Adopting a positive attitude can open doors for you. It can cause people to help you in ways that you never dreamed before.

In fact, here's an example that most people can relate to:
You want to lose the weight you gained over the holidays/spring/summer/fall/winter and you decide to exercise some proactive thinking. Rather than come up with a thousand and one excuses why you can't go to the gym, you enroll in a class with a colleague from work. The two of you begin your weight loss journey together and provide encouragement as well as advice to one another throughout your workday. You keep track of your progress and start spreading the word about you and your friend's results to other people in your office. You even start a mid-day walking program with the help from corporate. They make you and your friend wellness ambassadors. You begin to share your wealth of fitness knowledge with other departments and locations throughout the world.

Sounds amazing, doesn't it? So, what do you do if your outlook is less than positive all the time? Here's a few tips to help see you through the hustle and bustle of an average work week:

Start your day with an affirmation. An affirmation is a declaration that something is true. "I am infinitely blessed and well, and I am psyched for success," is an affirmation. So is, "I am achieving all of my dreams." Write down several affirmations on index cards and put them in place where you will see them regularly.

Surround yourself with positive people If everyone you know and associate yourself with is a sourpuss, you will be too. Find some people whose positive attitude inspires you and then try to emulate them. If you can't seem to meet anyone new in your city, try an online community.

Remind yourself that "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Start slowly, but start. Change can be frightening. Take one step daily that pushes you out of your comfort zone and gets you thinking in a positive and proactive way. Do this for 30 days and you've got yourself a new habit.

Proactive thinking is all that you need to be successful in life. Consider positive thinking as one of your most important attributes you can possess. Change the way you think and watch how beautiful life becomes for you. The power that you possess over your brain is astounding. Train it to be proactive and not reactive. This will give you the freedom that you need to achieve your dreams.

Author's Bio: 

I am a Psychotherapist specializing in all addictive behaviors: alcohol, drugs, food, compulsive sex, gambling, compulsive shoplifting, codependency and relationship/family issues. I have a busy private practice, and an active website:

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