Health & Fitness - Mental
Six Steps Towards a Positive Outlook

by Ashok Grover
Who doesn't have to face some life problems and difficulties in life? However, it is not that difficult to tackle these problems and go on with life with a positive mindset. All you require is to follow a few simple tips.
Do you know that having a positive outlook to life can make you stand out from the crowd as it helps you realize success, happiness and fulfillment in life much faster and easier?

Everyone has to face some life problems and difficulties in life. However this doesn’t imply that you have to dwell on the problem all the time and not go on with life. All you require is a positive view and thinking to life to resolve all these problems and difficulties. Sounds difficult? Just read on as I share a few simple tips:
  1. Mind your company - Learn to keep yourself in positive company. Your company shapes your thoughts. Always have friends with positive outlook to life, who believe in themselves and are always happy and ready to help people around them. If you are in the midst of negative people who only harbor negative emotions like jealousy, unhealthy gossip, failure and anger, their negativity is bound to seep into you too.

  2. Add novelty in your work - Try doing new things and if that is not possible, do old things in a new way. Such activities bring in creativity, excitement and positive outlook. It is not difficult and you can experiment with some new restaurant, different food, different dress, some new book or a new hobby.

  3. Kill negative thoughts – Replace negative thoughts by engaging yourself in some activities that divert your attention. All activities that adversely affect your mood and state of mind are to be nipped in the bud. You may need to make a shift and deliberately divert your attention. Pick up some new activities / hobbies if you cannot find one from your current interests.
  4. Make use of Affirmations and Visualization – While it may sound easy to preach about having positive thoughts, it is not vet difficult either. Fortunately there are practical ways to systematically do it. An affirmation stated in present tense (“I spread happiness” instead of “I will spread happiness”) and displayed at commonly visible places pushes it into your subconscious mind. Another way is to simply reading or writing your affirmation repeatedly. Visualization is the pictorial representation of affirmations.

  5. Believe in Yourself - If at all you have to compare yourself to someone else, let it be someone less fortunate. That will make you realize how abundant your life is. Instead of always longing for more than you have right now to be happy, being grateful for what you have makes you possess an entirely different perspective. Focusing on what all you have instead of what you lack initiates a positive spiral within your mind.

  6. Be your own master! – The key to being happy is choosing your own destiny. Don’t let others tell you how you should live your life. No one can know you better than yourself. Make your own informed decisions. Being in complete control of one’s own life generates positive feelings and a great sense of self-worth. You get equipped with enough confidence to face, accept and tackle all kind of situations.
Sounds good? Practicing (these tips) will certainly be better!
Ashok Grover is an expert in people assessment and focused executive / leadership coaching. He is Director at Skillscape, a company with a vision of Value Creation by enhancing people and organizational competencies.
His last assignment was with the JBM Group as Corporate Chief Human Resource Officer. He has over four decades of experience in operations, materials, information technology and people development with Parle Group, Mohan Meakins Group, Hawkins Cookers Limited and JBM Group.