Mindset for Success: 5 Techniques for Positive Thinking

We are offering what we think are the easiest Techniques for Positive Thinking. Military men and Alcoholics Anonymous members advise "Check yourself before you wreck yourself." In terms of Law of Attraction, negative thoughts will wreak you because you have nothing but the present and you have no control over anything but which thoughts you feed. Even if you don't subscribe to the idea that "what you think about comes about", science has shown over and over again that negative thoughts weaken you where positive thinking strengthens you. Even so, few offer solutions. Byron Katie's The Work and the Sedona Method do.

It Doesn't Matter What They Said

We are about to offer you some powerful techniques for positive thinking. Some of the most difficult negative thoughts that we internalize are introduced by others and are difficult to recognize much less to remove. This starts in our childhood with teachers and classmates even if you had great parents who never said anything negative to you. One colleague of mine has just turned 60 years old, and she still remembers that her piano teacher said she had lazy fingers. She quit piano. However, now there are techniques to positive thinking that will help you.

These thoughts will not leave just because you put positive affirmations on your wall or meditate using binaural beats. You have to question the thought itself.

  • Is this thought/idea true?

  • Do I know absolutely that it is true?
  • These are clearing questions or techniques to positive thinking suggested by Byron Katie. These questions will help you to question automatic negative thoughts or ANTs. We all have them. It will serve you well to attend to any negative feeling that you have, and to look for the ANT that spawned it. Question the truth of that statement. There usually is some element of control that is desired. For instance, my friend above might have wanted her piano teacher to praise her playing. But, can you force people to like you or to respect you?

    This desire to control other people's feelings or other people's actions would be part of your mind map. Bill Harris explains more about mind maps in his material.

    Common Complaints in Urban Areas

    In many cities today, you will hear the complaint, "Modern day kids don't have any respect anymore." This is a common judgmental thought. It does not help you to achieve a positive mindset. You might agree with it. So, how do you turn it around using techniques for positive thinking?

    Ask the questions above. These are Byron Katie's techniques to positive thinking that will clear your mind of negativity.

      1 Is this thought/idea true?

      2 Do I know absolutely that it is true?

    You may or may not believe it at this time. It would be hard to defend it against every single child in that area. Nevertheless, continue on with techniques to positive thinking, to,

      3 How do you react when you believe that thought?

    Write down all your reactions, physical and mental.

    Then, ask the next question,

      4 Who would you be without the thought?

    Again, write down all your responses. And, don't leave out the element of control. Would you try to control all the kids in your area to force respect? Is this possible?

    Finally, turn the thought around as Byron Katie says.

    If we are still on the topic of kids in urban areas, you might say instead

      - in opposition, "kids are respectful these days."

      - Or, you might say to yourself, "I am not respectful to me."

      - Or, finally, back to the kids, "I am not respectful of you."

    There is an old expression about finger pointing, "When you have one finger pointing at me, you have three fingers pointing back at you." So, as we said in the beginning, "check your self before you wreck yourself."

    More techniques for positive thinking can be found at the Sedona Method.

    And, additional techniques for positive thinking are part of Ho'oponopono. And, if you would be interested in the reasons and the proof for the importance of positive thinking, don't miss Dr. Bruce Lipton. Links for his work can be found here.