Research indicates that people benefit more from exercise and weight loss when they believe it will have a positive effect. Positive thinking has also been shown to increase energy levels, which is likely to keep you on your workout schedule and help your efforts during the workout. Further, positive thinking will help you eliminate, or resist, barriers to working out. Positive thoughts are empowering. A negative attitude can set processes in motion that makes things like exercise and losing weight difficult, if not impossible. Here is a story of two completely different mindsets. One person with a positive thinking mindset and the other with a negative thinking mindset.
One day a traveler was walking along a road on his journey from one village to another. As he walked he noticed a monk tending the ground in the fields beside the road. The monk said "Good day" to the traveler, and the traveler nodded to the monk. The traveler then turned to the monk and said, "Excuse me, do you mind if I ask you a question?".
"Not at all," replied the monk.
"I am traveling from the village in the mountains to the village in the valley and I was wondering if you knew what it is like in the village in the valley?"
"Tell me," said the monk, "What was your experience of the village in the mountains?"
"Dreadful," replied the traveler, "to be honest I am glad to be away from there. I found the people most unwelcoming. When I first arrived I was greeted coldly. I was never made to feel part of the village no matter how hard I tried. The villagers keep very much to themselves; they don't take kindly to strangers. So tell me, what can I expect in the village in the valley?"
"I am sorry to tell you," said the monk, "but I think your experience will be much the same there".
The traveler hung his head despondently and walked on.
A while later another traveler was journeying down the same road and he also came upon the monk.
"I'm going to the village in the valley," said the second traveler, "Do you know what it is like?"
"I do," replied the monk "But first tell me - where have you come from?"
"I've come from the village in the mountains."
"And how was that?"
"It was a wonderful experience. I would have stayed if I could but I am committed to traveling on. I felt as though I was a member of the family in the village. The elders gave me much advice, the children laughed and joked with me and people were generally kind and generous. I am sad to have left there. It will always hold special memories for me. And what of the village in the valley?" he asked again.
"I think you will find it much the same" replied the monk, "Good day to you".
"Good day and thank you," the traveler replied, smiled, and journeyed on.
A positive attitude feeds itself. When you choose to have a positive attitude to life, it changes your life in many ways. It changes your thoughts, your goals and the actions that you take on a daily basis and also the results that you receive as in the story above.
The key to remember is that you control your attitude. It also doesn’t happen automatically. Like all good things in life, you have to work at it. Attitude does not emerge from what happens to you, but instead from how you decide to interpret what happens to you.
Sometimes, of course, this is easier said than done. Here are a couple of things you can do today to start changing your attitude for the positive.
Avoid Negative media. This includes Social Media! If you are filling your head up all day with people unhappy with everything in their life you will, in turn, fill up with all their negativity. You need to purposely shut those people out of your life.
Use positive words. The words that come out of your mouth aren't just a reflection of what's in your brain--they're programming your brain how to think.
Fill your mind with positive thoughts. Spend at least 15 minutes every morning to read, view, or listen to something inspirational or motivational, like listening to a podcast while you exercise.
Start your day with Gratitude. Every morning the first thing you should do is thank God, or the universe, whatever you believe in, and have gratitude for everything you have. Look around and notice all the blessings that you have, from the food on your table, to your children, to just have another breath. One great way to give Gratitude is with a journal. You can pick up any journal or notebook on hand and every morning just write down 3 things you are grateful for. By starting your day with Gratitude you start with a positive outlook for the day and that will help carry over an outlook of positivity.
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