“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” – Brian Tracy

Some people believe, ‘life happens to me’, and others have the mindset of, ‘I create my life.’

There are radical and clear differences between these two points of view. The person who believes that life just happens to them tends to take no responsibility for their life.

They display low self-esteem, blame others, regularly complain, and view most things negatively – their glass is half empty. Through the law of attraction, this draws more negativity into their life, and, as a result, this person gets rooted with a negative attitude in most situations.

The person who has the powerful mindset that they create their life is different. They take full responsibility for their lives and actions. They are committed to achieving success and happiness. They don’t blame others and seldom complain. This person is powerfully driven by optimism and gets great satisfaction from inspiring others. They see most things as possible and attract and magnify success and happiness because of these positive thoughts. Therefore they have an extraordinary quality of life. They ooze positive vibes and energy.

The good news is that each of these two differing mindsets is a choice. Even the person who believes that life just happens to them and have no choice has chosen to believe this.

Do you have total control over your thoughts? Your mind is a potent tool. The way you think determines everything that happens to you, so your thoughts are powerful. If you believe this, then it stands to reason that if we manage and develop our thoughts positively and constructively, we have a better chance of building and creating the mental foundation that can change our lives forever.

Why are our thoughts vital to this process of manifesting positive outcomes in our lives? Allow me to introduce you to a fundamental formula: the T-F-A-R formula. Start with positive Thoughts. This positivity will generate positive Feelings. These feelings lead to positive Actions, and subsequently, these actions lead to positive Results. So your thinking is the vital key, and how you apply that mentality manifests itself through the feelings and actions that produce your results.

You and only you control your thoughts. Only you can think your thoughts, and only you decide what you dwell upon. You can, in an instant, commit to the idea ‘I wish to change my mind’ and build your life more positively.

Six things you can do immediately to harness the power of positive thinking: 

  1. Take charge of your thinking

Become more aware of your thoughts. Are they positive? Ask yourself whether they serve you and, more importantly, do they help and serve others? Choose to think uplifting thoughts instead of discouraging ones. Your current thoughts are creating your future life. Therefore, what you think about or focus on the most will appear in your life.

  1. Believe in yourself

Immediately resolve to accept one hundred percent responsibility for who you are and who you will be. Don’t make excuses. Make progress.

  1. Focus on action

Create a success plan for yourself. Keep a journal of your goals and how you plan to achieve and maintain the mindset of a person who successfully manages their life. Read inspirational books and articles, listen to personal-effectiveness CDs, and surround yourself with people who give you inspiration and energy. These actions will charge you with positive energy.

  1. Develop an attitude of gratitude

When you’re grateful for what you currently have in your life, it focuses you on the best, and therefore you attract more of the best. When you lack gratitude in your life, you’re probably focusing on the worst. A state of gratefulness acts as an antidote to negative feelings. Try this – it is a powerful tool.

  1. Connect with others

The world is becoming a disconnected place. We communicate overly via email and SMS. Make an effort to engage and connect with family members, colleagues, and the many other people you come into contact with each day. Become a friendlier customer!

  1. Be proactive about your health and fitness

It is hard to maintain a positive mindset if you neglect your health. High mental energy and health come from a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. You feel more positive when you feel healthier. Remember that you are only one meal away from committing to a healthier lifestyle.

In conclusion, you and you alone can decide to manage your moment-by-moment thoughts and emotions positively. So refocus your brain to habitually and instinctively form more positive and empowering patterns of thinking.

To quote a statement I regularly use in many of my articles and seminars, ‘Positive thinking will always allow you to do anything better than negative thinking will.’

The moment you begin to ‘think smarter’, the fantastic powers that lie within you will awaken. 

“It is funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best, you will very often get it.” – W Somerset Maugham