Three Ways To Realize The Power Of Your Thoughts
These positive thinking activities are a great way to prove to yourself the power of your thoughts. You will quickly see that these exercises complement each other. The more of them you do, the more positive you can expect to be.
Some of these positive thinking activities are designed to challenge your habitual thought processes and help you become more aware of how your thinking influences your behavior. Others are more about giving you daily exposure to inspiration so your cup of positivity is always full.
Positive Thinking Activities – #1: The Principle of Be-Do-Have
Most of us follow an illogical path to fulfillment. We spend our lives chasing external things to make us happy. We imagine that if we could just have more time, money or love, for example, then we’d finally be able to do the things we want to do, like cook more, relax more, work in a profession we enjoy or even go back to school.
In our mind’s eye, we think about how we’ll feel doing these activities and we tell ourselves that this is when we’ll finally be who we want to be – whether that’s happy, loving, successful or peaceful. The truth is, “havingness” doesn’t lead to “beingness.” It’s the other way around! We must be who we want to be before we can have the material manifestations that accompany that state.
An Example: Let’s take the case of someone who is lonely and wants to find their soul mate. In their mind, they may be saying “if I could meet the person of my dreams (have), I would then dress sexy and go out more (do) because I’d be so happy and fulfilled (be). The truth is (as many of us have experienced), it’s not until you decide you’re happy in your current state (be) and start dressing sexy, even if it’s just for yourself (do) that you finally, as if my magic land the love of your life (have.)
Exercise: Go straight to being who you want to be. Do this by first contemplating what you would be like if you had what you so badly desire. Then be it now! Fake it till you make it. This is the process of creation and will help you manifest your desires much more quickly.
Positive Thinking Activities – #2: Facts Versus Stories
Much of human suffering comes down to our habits of misinterpretation. We make many uninformed judgments in life. And unfortunately, these judgments are usually dis-empowering.
In this exercise, take an event from the past or the present that is troubling you. Write down all of your thoughts about the event. What happened, what each actor did, why they did what they did. Now put all the thoughts that are facts into one box and all the thoughts that are just your interpretation or your POV in another box.
What you have now is the facts and the story separated. You should see from this exercise just how few the facts are, and how much of life we invent through story.
The lesson here is simple: be careful what story you invent to surround the facts in life. Make your stories empowering not dis-empowering and you’ll experience the power of positive thinking for yourself.
Positive Thinking Activities – #3: Watch Inspiring Movies
I’m constantly surprised how easy it is to form negative habits. It’s very easy to get stuck on repeat! And when you’re stuck, the joy of daily life seems to disappear.
That is why I give myself big daily doses of spiritually uplifting material to stay inspired. I really recommend developing daily practices that keep you in motion, heading in the direction of your dreams. So if you desire to be positive and peaceful, make sure this is reflected in how you spend your time. For example, how do you spend your leisure time now? It’s wise to put time aside for inspiration and make it part of your life.
Other Positive Thinking Activities
Elsewhere on this site I’ve written about other excellent positive thinking exercises.
If you haven’t yet read about Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work with water crystals, I thoroughly recommend you do. It will prove to you that the power of positive thinking is a very real force.
You should also check out Dr. Emoto’s rice experiment. It’s truly positive thinking power in action!.
And finally, why not make yourself a journal containing all of your favorite positive thinking quotes? You can then read a few pages upon rising every morning and carry the journal with you for moments of inspiration when you need it.