My number one priority
Positive Thinking – The most important thing for me is to feel good every moment of every day.
Whatever the situation, you have complete control your thoughts. How you deal with the situation will determine how you feel. It is up to us to choose the thoughts which make us either feel down and depressed or feel good, vibrant, enthusiastic and full of energy. In addition to feeling great, you’ll start to attract positive people, events and circumstances to flow into your life.
By changing the way I viewed the world, I had changed my life from the constant feeling of frustration, anger and negativity, which led to poor health and wealth. To now living joyously everyday and receiving everything I ever dreamed of.
Simple technique to switch negative thoughts into positive thoughts
A technique I discovered to feeling joy and happiness every day is by learning how to control my thoughts to see the positives in everything. If a non-pleasant situation arises and I notice myself rehearsing a negative thought over and over again, I would
This technique will take time and a lot of practice to master. Initially, it was extremely hard for me to reach for a good feeling thought when I’m caught up in a negative situation. But once I got the hang of consciously directing my thoughts to the positive aspects, the daily worry in my mind shifted from the majority of thoughts being negative to almost all thoughts being positive.
A negative mindset
Being a refugee, there were plenty of rough experiences in my early childhood, which when reflecting back, was really a blessing as they were triggers for all my resilience and personal growth.
I still have a vivid memory of what had triggered my negative to positive outlook. I was lying in bed with tears rolling down my face, beating myself up with the usual questions running through my mind such as “why don’t my parents love me”, “why are we so poor”, “why aren’t I smart enough”. I was down to say the least. Almost dosing off to sleep with the thought of having nothing to live for, a new thought popped in to my head seemingly out of nowhere saying “Hey, you’re lucky to even be alive so make the most of the life you’ve been given!”. With that thought, I am now sitting up on my bed, recalling two near death experiences.
First when I was 9 months old I almost died from a severe case of diarrhea which lasted for weeks. It was so severe that my parents, family and friends all gathered around saying their good byes. I even had a little coffin made for me as I was all skin and bone, not able to keep anything down as anything I ate or drank went straight through me. With probably just a few days remaining, my step-father had made contact with a person who he knew that had worked at a hospital. He was able to bring home medication which immediately put a stop to my illness, therefore saving my life.
A shift in mindset
With that last thought of feeling lucky to be alive, I felt relaxed, grateful and happy as I drifted off to sleep. When I woke up the next day still holding that feeling of being grateful to be alive, the world around me seemed very different. When I stepped outside, the grass was vibrant and lit up a bright green colour. I noticed sun rays shinning through the gently moving leaves of a small tree. My spatial awareness expanded from the usual 1 meter radius, to as far as the eye can see. Life couldn’t be any better than this peaceful moment in time I thought to myself.
Then it dawned on me.. how is it possible that I could feel so much happiness, joy and appreciation whilst my circumstances around me remained the same. I still had no money and was still living in the same commission home. Nothing on the outside had changed but on the inside I felt completely different. I came to realise that life is what you make it, but more importantly, life is what you think it.
A learning opportunity in every challenge
I now truly believe there are good reasons for seemingly bad situations or events that come into our lives. They are there for us to learn from and grow to better ourselves.
Take a look back on your life and recall a ‘bad’ situation that you had to overcome, then ask yourself…
Had it made me stronger as a person?
Had it prompted me to take action or motivated me to go down a different path which turned out for the better?
I bet you had answered Yes for both.
The next time you are faced into a challenging situation, know that there are endless possibilities and that you WILL learn and grow from this experience and become a better person for it 🙂