University is an exciting time of your life. You’re constantly discovering news things, meeting new people, and learning about the world in ways you may not have imagined. But with all this excitement comes a lot of uncertainty. There are so many different paths you can take and choosing the “right” one can feel like a burden. In addition, when envisioning your future is difficult, it can sometimes make you feel directionless and a bit frustrated. That’s why we have decided to write about the importance of positive thinking, and how learning this skill can help you build resilience, and eventually guide you onto the path you were meant to be on. So, whether you are about to start university, have already been there for a while, or are about to graduate, these top three tips are for you!
Positive affirmations may seem a bit strange, but they actually work. Starting your day out by taking a look in the mirror and reminding yourself of all the achievements you’ve accomplished, all of the times you’ve stood back up after falling, and all of the wonderful things you have to be grateful for can really re-programme your brain to see the world with a fresh and bright perspective.
A Psychology Today article highlights how thinking positively can really improve your life on many levels, such as by helping your brain to strengthen your memory for positive information, improving its ability to work with and pay attention to positive information, and many more. It also stresses the importance of practicing gratitude, as this is helps your brain to focus on the positive. “Gratitude is when we feel or express thankfulness for the people, things, and experiences we have. When we express gratitude at work, we can more easily gain the respect and camaraderie of those we work with. When we are grateful for our partners or friends, they are more generous and kind to us. When we are grateful for the little things in our day-to-day lives, we find more meaning and satisfaction in our lives”.
So why not give this a go? Every morning, for the next two weeks, look at yourself in the mirror and remind yourself of all the things you’re thankful for in your life. For more information on how to make positive affirmations work for you check out this Huffington Post article.
Visualisation and your self-image
A follow up to positive affirmations would be to look into Psycho-Cybernetics. The acclaimed book Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, lays out the incredible impact your mind can have on your life when you steer it to a productive, useful goal so you can reach peace of mind and meaning. This book has influenced 30 million readers, countless motivational gurus, sports psychologists and self-help practitioners for almost 60 years. Maltz was the first researcher and author to explain how the self-image (a term he popularized) has complete control over an individual’s ability to achieve (or fail to achieve) any goal. This book will help you learn techniques for improving and managing self-image visualisation, mental rehearsal and relaxation, all of which will contribute to achieving your goals, and enhancing your outlook on life.
Remember “live and learn”
Last, but certainly not least, whenever possible, turn failures into lessons. This is a crucial part of building resilience, and a key skill to develop. By learning from your mistakes, you will not only forgive yourself for failing, but also realise that this experience has taught you something. Not only will you not have to experience this again, but it will also allow you to reframe your perspective on your past, and therefore remember it from a softer, kinder perspective. As the fourth point in 7 Practical Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset sums it up “You aren’t perfect. You’re going to make mistakes and experience failure in multiple contexts, at multiple jobs and with multiple people. Instead of focusing on how you failed, think about what you’re going to do next time—turn your failure into a lesson”.
If you want to read up on more ways to introduce positive thinking into your life, check out, 7 Ways to be More Optimistic, as well as 10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts. It’s important to remember that life isn’t always easy, and there are days when your struggles will seem bigger than others. As the well-known saying goes: “some days you eat the bear, and some days the bear eats you”. But by taking little steps to appreciate what you have, and set exiting goals and aspirations for your future, you will begin to see all the ways in which you can not only envision an exciting, successful future, but actually begin to create it.
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