Did you ever read the story about the Little Engine That Could?
That book is required reading here at Inspiyr headquarters.
Sure, it’s a children’s book that can be read in about five minutes. But the lesson of a small train tugging a larger train over a mountain can set you up for a lifetime of success.
What’s that lesson, you ask?
It’s quite simple: you can do anything you think you can do.
If you think you can improve your life, you can. If you think you’re stuck, and are meant for a below-average life, well, you’re right about that also.
On your journey to a successful life, you’ll want to upgrade your thoughts. Once you do that, everything else will fall into place.
Related: 7 Benefits Of Positive Thinking
After all, your thoughts lead to behaviors, behaviors lead to habits, and habits create your life.
Here’s 9 ways to use the power of positive thinking to upgrade your thoughts on your path to living a great life.
9 Steps To Think More Positively
1. Talk to yourself the right way
You can do this by staying positive and giving your subconscious mind the right “instructions” to help you achieve any goal. That’s right, we give you permission to talk to yourself. A lot. Out loud. Just make sure you’re saying the right stuff.
2. Avoid negative self-talk
Lots of people talk themselves out of achieving their goals before they ever take their first step toward achieving them. You can be better than that by learning how to avoid negative thoughts and instead focus on the positive.
3. Adopt a positive belief system
Thoughts are things. Thoughts create your reality. And your thoughts are a result of your beliefs. Ask yourself a serious question: are your beliefs helping you, or hurting you? If your beliefs don’t allow you to create the life you want to live, it’s time to make an upgrade.
4. Think your way to success
People who are successful tend to predominantly have thoughts of optimism for health, wealth, and abundance. You can choose whether you’ll learn and grow from events that happen in your life, or whether you’ll act the victim.
Related: Why You’re Not A Victim Of Fate
5. Increase your expectations
If you don’t expect great things to happen in your life, you won’t recognize them when they do. Part of this means that you need to believe that your greatest days are ahead of you, not behind you.
Until you adopt this belief, your life won’t be as filled with joy, success, and happiness as it could.
6. Say “yes”
Great things happen when you begin to say “yes” to life. You become more passionate. You enjoy life more. You take more risks, which means you grow faster. Saying “yes” to life allows you to live to your potential and enjoy the journey at the same time.
Related: The Power Of Yes
7. Get rid of your brain junk
Everyone carries around mental baggage. But the happiest, most successful people can replace the “junk” with positive thinking. It’s a never-ending cycle, but required if you want to be optimistic and live well.
8. Take daily actions toward your goals
Success is achieved through a few simple behaviors that you repeat daily. Nothing more, nothing less. When you think of any successful, happy, or healthy person, you’ll realize that the person has done specific things consistently in order to reach that level of success.
Don’t overcomplicate things as you build your life; do something each day that will get you to where you want to be, and then keep at it until you get it.
9. Dream big, think big, act big
Lots of people settle for an average life. If that’s what you truly want, that’s great. But most people want more. Determine what you want to do with your life, and use the power of positive thinking to get it. It’s as simple as that.
The next time you’ve got an uphill battle, what are you going to think? Be like the little blue engine. Think. Then do. You’ll be amazed at your potential once you get your thoughts on your side.
- Take Our Quiz And Find Out If You’re A Positive Thinker
- The Incredible Power of Self-Talk
- How to Stop Negative Self-Talk
- 10 Winning Beliefs That Can Change Your Life
- How to Think Your Way to Success
- The Power of Expectations
- The Power of “Yes”
- Want Success? Toss Out Your Brain Junk
- 3 Ways to Be a Huge Success in Life
- Get Rid of Small Thinking
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Updated August 2014