One of the simplest ways of turning your life around is to think positively. As soon as positive thinking becomes a habit you will start to feel better. How does positive thinking improve your life?
Let yourself off the hook
You do not need to have a mental health encounter to use some of the researched tools: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) works on the principle that how you feel has a direct affect on how you act and think. In other words if you think positively you will start to feel and act positively too.
There is evidence that ‘faking it til you make it’ works and, in some cases, it actually works quickly. If you want to feel confident then start to reinforce that you are a confident person and start to fake confidence. This tricks your brain into thinking that you are confident and, therefore, you will start to naturally feel confident.
All the fakeness does need to be taken at ease. Do not put lots of fake plasters over stuff to make you look and feel better. If something keeps going over and over in your mind do some good old talking and talk about your thoughts with someone, for example, a close friend or a family member. Sometimes a stranger can be good so look up some local charities and see what they have to offer.
You can change your life by turning your thoughts, actions and feelings around. The advantage with this model is that each directly effects the other. If you are putting on weight, for instance, you can start eating more wholefoods (the action bit) which will make you lose weight. Once you shed a few pounds you will start to look better: Self attractiveness makes you feel and think great. Best of all you can turn your life around simply by choosing 1 of the 3 components.
Posted by Gerald Murphy
- Fripp, P. (2000) Make it so you don’t have to fake it: 55 fast-acting strategies for long-lasting success. Executive Books.