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3 ways positive thinking can change your outcome

People have famously written books about this topic – for good reason. Lorna Jane exudes positive energy and it is not hard to see why people are drawn to someone with that kind of spirit. Inherently we are all searching for happiness – surrounding ourselves with those that brings out our best is good practice in business and in life.

I have always been an optimist, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy to be happy. What it has meant is that I have been lucky enough to know how to find the silver lining – some of this is innate, some down to surrounding myself with positive people and some learned. Whatever category you fall into positive thinking does have the power to change any situation you might find yourself in. Here are the top 3 ways I think you can do it:

1.       Cut out negativity to reduce narrow-mindedness. When you have negative thoughts your brain reacts in pre-programmed way, shutting off the outside world and limiting the options you see around you. This can make it difficult to find a necessary solution to a pressing business problem or personal situation. We have all been at one time or another absorbed by negative thoughts, where that is all we can think about. As soon as you find the positive outlook the mind is open again to opportunity and it is easier to find a meaningful solution.

2.      Increase your skill set. There have been a number of scientific studies about this – positive psychology researcher Barbara Fredrickson has published a landmark paper on the power of positive thinking. Her argument centres around the idea that the experiences generated by remaining positive develop skills that allow you to build a set of personal resources like increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support and decreased illness symptoms. These skills allow you to prosper in ways you couldn’t do so without them.

3.       Increased productivity. When you are not burdened by the weight of what you can’t do and are thinking more about all the things you can achieve, you are going to be more productive and have an increased sense of focus. America singer-songwriter, author and poet Willie Nelson wisely said: Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

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Vanessa’s mission is to positively impact people by increasing their knowledge base and decision making ability around leadership, finance and business principles. She is the co-creator of The Bottom Line and founder of the parent company, evolution media group.