Part of the art of positive thinking is creating a sense of compassion for yourself.
To do this, maintaining positive thoughts like, “I'm doing my best every day,” or just simply telling yourself that you matter by saying, “I'm okay and I have something to share” can help you get started.
Another method of confidence building positive thinking is to listen to how you talk to yourself and see if you're saying things like, “That was stupid of me,” or “I never remember names.”
Since you are a product of your self talk, gaining self confidence by maintaining a positive attitude about yourself is key to making change.
The importance of thinking positive should not be under estimated because once you start the routine of having compassion for yourself for “being human,” and identify the ways that you negatively berate yourself, you've started producing different brain chemicals that affect your body in positive ways.
When you can maintain positive thoughts long enough, you are able to create a “dependency” in your body to those positive chemicals.
In fact, one of the coolest benefits of positive thinking is that when your mind keeps producing these positive chemicals long enough, your body will help you stay positive simply because it wants its “fix” of those chemicals.
Since I've already written an article on the benefits of positive thinking that explain this phenomenon, go ahead and click here to read my article entitled, "Benefits of Positive Thinking, Unquestionably the One Benefit That Motivates." Then click the back button and I'll be waiting here for you so we can continue our discussion.
So, now that you know the importance of positive thinking and how your inner talk affects you, let's talk about how you can make simple changes to your self talk to be more compassionate and positive.
One exercise that I really love in this genre is to simply ask yourself, “What did I do right?”
While so many of us are taught to focus on, “What did I do wrong?” this simple question starts changing your trajectory of how you can shift your focus from automatically initiating negative thoughts to maintaining positive attitude all day about yourself.
In my article, "Believing in Yourself, It Starts with One Question," I discuss this one simple question in further detail. Take another moment and click here to go there now and then click the back button and I'll be here waiting.
Gaining self confidence and positive thinking go hand-in-hand because as you create a positive mindset, you are actually giving yourself more tools to create positive things in your life.
For example, in the field of positive psychology, it's been proven that a mind that is kept positive with positive thoughts builds new neural pathways faster.
So, how does that relate to confidence building positive thinking techniques such as having greater compassion for yourself?
When your mind is “happily creating new neural pathways faster,” it's more likely that you'll be able to “think your way through life better” and to make better life decisions.
These better life decisions create better results...
And you've then realized that one of the best advantages of positive thinking is simply that it empowers you to make positive changes in your life because you can think clearer and are more prone to staying positive.
One more factor when weighing the importance of thinking positive when developing self esteem is that there are numerous physical benefits of positive thinking such as lowered cortisol and less stress in your life, simply from changing your mindset from “negative” to “positive.”
This has a significant impact on how good or bad you feel about yourself too because, as I'm sure you already know, we don't feel very powerful when we're not feeling very healthy.
When you are able to change your self talk to having more compassion for yourself and shift your attention to “what you did right,” you have set the gears into motion for the power of positive thinking to gain a foothold on your body chemistry...
And change it for the positive. Once you've done this, you're well on your way to developing self esteem in new and exciting ways.
One way to “get the ball rolling” and learn how to be more positive is to find your core beliefs that are operating in the background and running all of your behaviors. My How to Change Your Beliefs Program teaches you in a very comprehensive fashion how to find those beliefs and change them.
For more on positive thinking power, check out this article:
The Power of Positive Thinking: Using It for Happiness
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