For most of us, even the thought of positive thinking seems too far-fetched when compared with the practicalities and ironies of life. The term has been used so often that it has lost much of its significance. However, experts reveal that there is a lot more to the impact of positive thinking than mere instances of happiness.
In the educational context or from a professional outlook, a positive attitude helps regardless of your situation and mindset in life. When we talk about student’s struggle at college or university level education, it is apparent that positive thinking is more relevant as compared to children in preschool.
This is why teachers are advised to incorporate exercises and discussions in the class in order to instill the right positive thinking attitude towards studies and academic commitments.
As a consequence, we’re going to examine the details of the influence of positive thinking in a student’s life and how our attitude affects our success.
The Power of Negative Thinking
We tend to have countless of thoughts over the course of each day. Most of the chunks come from the remains of the thoughts from yesterday and before.
Unfortunately, some of these thoughts are negative. Common examples include, “I won’t be able to complete this assignment", “how am I supposed to deliver this presentation to a large audience tomorrow?", “I am not good enough to be recognized in the class", etc. The thoughts attach themselves to our mind and bring us down.
Negative thoughts blur our attention. Imagine wandering in the world of The Walking Dead, and a herd of zombie is advancing towards you. It doesn’t matter what your mind was occupied with before witnessing this scene. Your immediate response would be to run away from this herd.
Agreeably, quite an extreme example to narrate, but this is what negative thinking does. The thinking will consume our thoughts in a way that will make it quite hard to get over the mental barriers and consequences.
The Shining Power of Positive Thinking
The power of positive thinking is visible, only if we have the knowledge and will to see through it. A psychology professional at the University of North Carolina, Barbara Fredrickson, examined the relationship between positive thinking and actions. She concluded that its impact to transform our lives can be quantified.
Fredrickson’s experiment contained five groups who watched different videos and displayed different types of emotions: happiness, satisfaction, anger, fear and neutral. The groups were then requested to visualize the same situation and explain how they would handle the situation.
The participants who watched positive and inspiring videos registered a better idea generation ability as compared to other groups. Fredrickson’s experiment concluded that positive thinking actually enhances the mental boundaries up to a great extent. On the other hand, negative thinking limits the creativity and thinking capacity of the brain.
How Positive Thinking Fabricates Skills
The dynamics of positive thinking is also often termed as “broader and build" theory. The theory states that the positive emotions come as a motivating drive that urges the individual to be imaginative and work for his or her best interests. Consequently, this leads us towards attaining future skill development.
How to Think More Positively?
Contain yourself strictly
Not from productive things, but yourself from falling into the never-ending ocean of negative and depressive thoughts. Before thoughts, stop yourself from negative self-talk and stay optimistic no matter what the situation is. Keep telling until you convince yourself that you are better than that, deserve more, and can live better against all odds.
Try to rewire your ideas for the good. Take the self-improvement process in a step-by-step manner. First, identify what your negative thoughts really are and why they exist. Second, try to extract the positive lessons from the negative experience. Lastly, rewire the negative thought using the positive extract to turn the thought into a positive and inspiring one. Consider the example of getting a B in Calculus. It will be easy for you to say, “I didn’t perform well in the exam as intended". Rather, try to come up with something like, “I pushed myself for the Calculus preparation in a quite short time". Or, “The grade I scored is better than I expected given my packed schedule along with other commitments".
Lara Hawkins is a professional motivational speaker and conducts seminars and workshops for both students and professionals worldwide. Besides her regular job and passion to work for our self-improvement and fulfillment, Lara also operates an accomplished assignment company the UK with a large number of under- and postgraduate disciplines under her expertise.
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