Last Updated: 23 September, 2020
The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
I’ve read repeatedly to use positive thinking to help achieve my goals and it is something I’ve consciously tried to do for many years after being given a copy of You can heal your life as a teenager; after almost twenty years I am much more aware of my words and thoughts.
“Your mind is a tool you can choose to use any way you wish.”- Louise L Hay
I’m hoping to encourage my three year old daughter to think positively. I always try and ask her to do something rather than not do something e.g. I ask her to walk at the swimming pool instead of not running (this is not always easy). Frequently when she is in bed I will ask her what she has enjoyed about the day, hoping she goes to sleep with happy thoughts.
I liked this method of closing the day so much that I’ve started keeping a positivity journal (expanding on writing a list of things I’m grateful for or were good about the day that I occasionally did in my main journal). I’m using a 5 year journal which only has six lines each day so I need to focus on identifying the real highlights of the day, but it is quick to write and I don’t resist it like my main journal. As it is a 5 year journal, it is nice that in future years as well as capturing new positive thoughts, I will be able to review previous years, hopefully establishing a virtuous circle with my thoughts and attitude getting more and more positive.
Is a positive journal a realistic record?
The other day my daughter had a huge tantrum and my son was screaming because he has started to teeth. Obviously neither of these are included in my positives journal, but they are not recorded in my main journal either because I don’t write it daily (perhaps I should call the positive journal my main one as I’ve written it everyday in 2012). So I wonder if I’m leaving myself a completely rose tinted record of my children, and if I write about these ‘less positive’ events does it undo my development through the positives journal? I guess I will only start learning the answer to these questions when I write the second year of my positives journal.
How do you encourage positive thoughts? Has it made a difference to your goals? Do you see a clash between positive thinking and recording reality?