Updated: Jul 18
Science says that people with positive attitudes are better equipped to handle challenges and achieve goals. So can you train your brain to be positive?
IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND! THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING!!
Many brain training exercises involve recognizing the good around us and having a positive outlook on the future. Those who concentrate on these features are more successful in exercising, work and their social lives. When the brain is negative, it splits resources between the challenge you have in front of you and the negative emotions you’re feeling.
The brain works like a muscle: it gets stronger with training. When people learn a skill and use it often, they are working the part of the brain relevant to that skill.
Building brain muscle!
All this might seem easier said than done. But the key to staying positive, is resilience, resilience refers to a person’s ability to positively adapt to new activities or difficulties. Believing that you can move mountains, sometimes is more important than actually having the ability to do so. The brain is the thing that tells you to keep going, If you have overcome a challenge, it’s because of this resilience that’s made by different structures in the brain has allowed you to do that.
Acknowledge what you can-and can not do-control!
While some people may be unable to deal with uncertainty, positive individuals are able to adapt and thrive. Accept what you can and can not control in the situation, For example, if you lose your job you can not control the fact that you were fired or laid off. You can control whether you take steps to find a new job as well as whether you take care of yourself with proper training, nutrition and sleep.
Practicing mindfulness is a great way to help combat the tendency to think over daily stressors, which is a breeding ground for negativity.
We often think endlessly without really focusing on the task at hand, If you can learn to be in the present space (while allowing other thoughts to enter your brain but then pushing them gently away) without judgement or thought about past or future, you will find that there’s less room for pessimism.
Believe me, It's important to remember that making an effort to be more optimistic doesn’t mean walking around wearing rose-colored glasses. While it's good for our mental health to see the positive in situations, not acknowledging the negative can hinder you in the long run.
Optimism can be harmful or damaging, if it keeps you locked into fantasy and you are in denial about your current reality. You may be optimistic about starting a strength training lifestyle, finding a more lucrative job or loving relationship, but if you do not address the issues that are keeping you from those goals, you will not be able to create what you want, a combination of optimism and realistic thinking help people navigate through life. Realistic thinking does not mean never seeing the bright side of life; not at all. It is simply a way of supporting your optimism with the action steps so that you can achieve a positive future as opposed to being stuck in fantasy.
What drives you?
For most people social norms have taught us to believe that if we work hard to achieve our goals, success will come. Yet once we do, instead of staying satisfied, our brain often changes the parameters of what success looks like. Then it’s time to work toward the next achievement.
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