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Are You Being Positive about Your Positive Thinking? (How You Might Be Sabotaging Your Efforts, Plus 3 Questions to Ask Yourself)

HWorking by the Sunflowersave you made a commitment to think more positively? Great! How’s that going for you? If you’re not getting the results you had hoped for or have stalled in your progress, there may be a problem with your practice, and that problem may be you! Ask yourself the following three questions to find out whether you’re unintentionally sabotaging your own efforts.

Are you just going through the motions?

Are you actually expecting the results you desire or are you just going through the motions? If your commitment to a positive focus isn’t yielding any real results, then you may need to evaluate your attitude on the practice. If you pass the attitude check, consider whether you’ve taken the time to set clear goals for yourself. What exactly do you hope to achieve? How will you know when you’ve achieved success? Positive thinking isn’t something that comes naturally for everyone, and if you don’t have a definitive purpose for transforming your thought processes, then it can be even more frustrating.

  • Are you entertaining negative thoughts?

Are your positive thoughts purely positive, or are you allowing yourself to entertain negative thoughts during your practice? Nearly everyone has a voice of doubt that tries to interrupt their positive train of thought. What is it telling you: that your efforts are all for naught or that you’re crazy for even trying? More importantly, what is your reaction to these thoughts? If you’re entertaining them by mulling them over, considering the possibility that they’re true, or even intentionally resisting them, then you’re feeding them energy they don’t deserve. That’s right—you’re allowing them to sabotage your positive focus! While it’s completely normal for these negative thoughts to arise, the best course of action to take when they do is to ignore them completely. Acknowledge them, let them be, and continue your practice.

  • Are you tracking your progress?

Do you find it more satisfying to ride a stationary bike or go for a trail ride? Most of us would choose the latter and not just for the experience of being outdoors. As human beings, the majority of us are the industrious type; we like to see the progress that we are making. We enjoy relishing in the results of our efforts. That’s why it’s imperative that we keep a record of our personal development efforts, including positive thinking. Journaling is the easiest way to track your progress. Just take a few moments at night to describe your practice and how you’re feeling. Be sure to look back at previous entries every now and then to see how you’re coming along. You’ll likely be surprised at how far you’ve come, which will motivate you to continue your practice!

Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies even when our intentions are good. This doesn’t have to be the case, though! Keep yourself on track towards continual growth by routinely evaluating your efforts and tendencies. Be honest with yourself, allow yourself to misstep (we all do!) and expect good things in your future.

How do you stay on track towards your personal goals? Let us know in the comments section. And, don’t forget to spread the positive vibes by sharing this article with your friends!

3 replies on “Are You Being Positive about Your Positive Thinking? (How You Might Be Sabotaging Your Efforts, Plus 3 Questions to Ask Yourself)”

Hi Melissa,
Nice article. I like your three questions.
The time I find best to practice positive thoughts, or set a goal or intention, is at the beginning of my day, at the conclusion of my meditation practice. At that moment, I’m in a relaxed state that makes it easy to have a positive thought or to think of myself being able to achieve a goal.
Thanks for the article,

Right on target, Melissa.
Sometimes we try to have a positive, “I can do this attitude,” but we forget to believe in our actual success. As you said, watching for doubts and letting go of negative thinking is so important if we want to go from being our worst enemy to our best friend.

Absolutely, Janet. It’s something we have to commit to doing intentionally until it becomes second nature!

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