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5 easy ways to cultivate a positive mindset. (Personal growth)

Oh boy! One thing I’m so happy about right now is how I’ve been able (with constant reminders/practice) to shift my paradigm from focusing on the negative side of humanity to accentuating the positive. I waste no time dwelling on anything negative. Negative energy does nothing but zap the joy out of life. You create your own misery and cast a shadow on your life by constantly dwelling on the negative.

This year, more than ever, I’m even more determined to maintain a positive mindset. I urge you to do the same too. This will help you be more resilient, happier, more enlightened (learn), grow and become better. Did I add that it is important for health and quality of life too? It is for sure!

A mindset is your emotional response to normal daytoday activities. What you say, how you react, etc. It is a belief that orients (directs) the way you handle situations.

Having a Positive mindset/attitude is not an innate trait. Neither does having a negative one. No one was born that way. You can’t even inherit it from your parents. It is created from our actions. Our actions become our habits and our habits form our characters.

Those actions are as a result of our thoughts and even though we have no control over the thousands of thoughts that run through our minds per second, we can decide on which one to act on.  It is a CHOICE. It’s within your power to decide to have a positive outlook to life. Easier said than done I know! But it is a journey, and one you can successfully embark on, only if you decide to make an effort. A daily conscious one. That’s part of the personal growth journey. To evolve. To become. Something better.

Negative emotions inflame one’s mind and consume one’s thoughts. This often leads to pain, anger, hurt, and so forth if it isn’t well- managed. Don’t get me wrong, all these are part of human feelings. We feel pained, get angry, get hurt, etc. But If you dwell on them, it could lead to even more serious consequences. Regrettable ones. I’m not even going to mention the side-effects healthwise.

Getting hurt is part of life. Things happen. But deciding to stay hurt or pained or angered? That mental torture?

Please read this article: On why it’s important to put out positive energy.

We can decide to foster the opposite. Replace hate with love, anger with compassion, fear with courage, etc. and be happier.

Your mindset tailors how you handle or react to certain situations.

Before you react to a negative situation, ask yourself:
* Am I going to ruin my day?
* Am I overreacting?
* What if I let it go, would the outcome be better?
* Is it really worth the stress?

This is teaching yourself a different way of dealing with life and with your emotions. It is creating a new inner chemistry that feels more appropriate. As creatures of habit, by making small adjustments daily in our lives, we can form positive habits that makes us and everyone we interact with, happier. We can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and become more hopeful of the future. We can become more mindful (live presently and non-judgmentally) and encouraging, and appreciate the simple pleasures of life.

Rather than picture disaster scenarios, imagine where you want to be. Build up pictures of your happiness and pleasures and even success. Make sure everyday of your life involves everything which helps you towards a positive outlook to life. You can cultivate a positive mindset. In case you think it’s hard,

Below, I share with you, 5 easy ways to foster a positive mindset.

Let’s dig in;

5 easy ways to cultivate a positive mindset.
How to cultivate a positive mindset.
  • Create a morning mindset routine: When we wake up, the outcome of our day can be affected by our thoughts/actions right from the morning. Mornings kinda set the mood for the day so it is necessary to decisively create a mindset that is positive and be committed to it. Like…” Today, i’m going to have a good day” fullstop!

A great way to start the day is by anticipation and excitement. Listen to music, read/watch inspirational articles or clips, meditate, deliberately focus on everything that’ll add to brightening your day.

Related: A Good way to start a Good day.

  • Abstain from negative media: Bad news sell and that’s why the mainstream media focuses more on them. War, politics, etc. They add baggage to our thoughts and it doesn’t make sense for us to sit around consuming all of it. It doesn’t allow for optimal mindset; one which is focused on the best things life’s got to offer. Putting your mental energy into things that isn’t helping you grow won’t help you enjoy your life. We can’t change some of the things that happen across the globe. Somethings are beyond our control. But we can change us (our lives) by improving our mindset and outlook towards life. If you immerse yourself in good content, you’ll change the language of your mind.

  • Challenge your thoughts: Every now and then, negative thoughts, negative emotions build up. “I am so worthless“…”Everyone sucks“…etc. No, don’t just ignore them, That’s not enough. We need to challenge those internal conflicts when they arise and silence them! Does everyone really suck or are you just being too critical? Are you really worthless or is your mind making you think so? By challenging your thoughts, your mindset will begin to evolve. Think again and weigh your beliefs. YOU control your attitude.

Related:  Speaking to yourself kindly.

  • Find humor in every challenge: In the midst of a bad situation, humor might just be all you need to balance the situation and boost your morale. Make light some situations that would otherwise live you frustrated. There’s something ridiculous about every life’s challenge. Find it, laugh at it. While it may be hard to see the positive/funny side in certain situations, it will help you feel better and enjoy life. Whether the situation is good or bad is based on your perception. Look for the positive. It isn’t always easy to find but if you look hard enough, you will. Maybe there’s something you can learn, maybe there’s something you can appreciate. Ever heard of the saying “Every disappointment is a blessing?”. Life is what you make out of it. Laugh. Laugh real hard!
  • Find positiveminded people and be friends with them: This may sound a little cliche. But really, you are a summary of people you hang out with. If you’re going to foster/maintain a positive mindset, then you need like-minded people to support you. You can find friends even online and network with people who are focused on personal growth. You need people who’ll affect your line of thinking positively, while you improve their own positivity as well.

A shift in our mindset from negative to positive may be all we need to revitalize our day. It takes practice but in time, it could form a new habit. If/When negative thoughts fill your mind, evaluate them irrationally and respond with positive affirmations. A positive mindset triggers optimism. It’s not always about what happens, but how you react to them. We can rewire our brains to get better at seeing the positives by training it to.

Start cultivating a positive mindset and watch yourself change!

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Until next time,
Jessica Hugo.


51 thoughts on “5 easy ways to cultivate a positive mindset. (Personal growth)”

  1. Thank you Jessica! The five strategies you listed for being more positive are right on point. I especially like the morning ritual and minimizing exposure to negative news. Starting off on the right foot definitely helps a lot because the momentum of the morning can carry over. I have committed myself to praying and meditating in the mornings in 2018, and so far so good! With news, I can only take so much before it weighs me down. If you step back and just do a personal survey of the headlines it’s amazing how overwhelming negative the news is. We do have to stay aware of things going on in the world, but I believe in doing it for the sake of solutions, not fear. The constant barrage is just too much.

    Your other points were great too. Catching our negative self talk takes practice, but with lots of work replacing those negative thoughts with positive ones really does work. This post is really helpful and I know many of us will benefit. Keep feeding us Jessica!



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    1. *Praying and meditating in 2018. That’s a great one there!
      * Yes I believe we do have to stay aware of things going on in the world but for the sake of solutions not fear. So Apt! It could be overbearing indeed.
      * It is true constant practice with replacing negative thoughts with positive ones does work!

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  2. The morning Positivity is my current challenge! I am trying to be more productive in the mornings and working on positive affirmations! These are some great points! Love this!

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  3. Absolutely loved this post…just what I needed! Love the idea of having a morning routine and it can be a good idea to even stick post it notes around your room/work spaces etc with words and declarations of affirmation and/or positive statements !

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    1. True Theo, having a morning routine to set our minds ready for the day is really a great idea. Sticking affirmative posts and declarations too can be a great reminder to help keep us on track.
      Thanks for your comment/contribution. 💕

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  4. I had a lot of bad and negative things, people and experiences last year. Going into this year I said no more. I want to be happier and that’s all up to me.


  5. I love this uplifting post. Great that you write inspiring articles many people suffer from depression in the wintertime. I am sure your articles help.

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  6. Couldn’t agree with this more, health issues aside, we certainly can choose our mood. Sometimes we’re stronger than other days but for the most part, life is all about how we choose to handle things. One of my fave motto’s is ‘don’t let people rent space in your head’. I can completely relate to all the points you’ve raised here. The brain can be shaped just like any other muscle in our body.

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  7. I totally agree with your opinion and I try to be always positive too.
    😊 I follow a morning routine, I avoid negative people and I always try to think positive

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  8. I know a few people who love to dwell on things that are really holding them back. It makes no sense to me why they do this. Everyone should be happy and learn to be happy with a positive mindset. I wonder if they’d be offended if I sent them your post link, lol.

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    1. I think everyone’s a work in progress. While some people are eager to grow and evolve, others may not be as eager and may not even realize we need to grow. Some mindsets are fixed while others have the growth mindset.
      Helping people realize that we all deserve to be happy and we all need to be optimistic and grow will go a long way to nurture and change lives.

      One way to do so is by sharing articles which you think could be beneficial to others. We can all learn from each other. So go ahead and share!

      Thanks Terri, glad to have you here. 💕


  9. I know that having a positive mindset can sometimes be a struggle, especially when hit with things like grief and loss. I believe that having a positive mindset is a constant practice for self growth and can help others who struggle with it. Great post!

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    1. Thankyou! You hit the nail. It’s such a constant struggle that we have to deliberately keep up with every now and then. With constant practice, it is possible to shift your paradigm from the left, to the right.


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