I was always the negative Nancy, I scoffed at optimism, laughed at positivity, I simply couldn’t understand the “bright side” of things. I remember being so negative, that I became a downer to myself as well as others and it made me realise something very important.
After reading a simple sentence which said something along the lines of “you’ve been negative for years and it hasn’t worked, try being positive” and although it is nowhere near as simple as just switching between the two, I thought, eh why not, I might aswell try and see where it gets me. I never really believed in any of the hippy dippy stuff around a positive mindset, it was all just nonsense and wishful thinking for me, but some day, far far along the line, something changed.
I began to read a lot of books around self improvement and self help, researched into spirituality and the power of positive thinking. Don’t get me wrong, at the time it was still all gobbledygook in my head, however slowly but surely, shifts started to be made. And it just goes to show how malleable and changeable the mind can be if you truly put in the work to adjust your thinking.
Now that’s not to say I’m out of the woods yet, I’d like to think I’m more of a “realistic” thinker now. I’m able to see both the negative and positive of things without automatically succumbing to the darkest most bleak pessimism. It’s taken a while to make this leap, and I never thought I’d say this, but positive thinking actually works. And it heavily links to one of the quotes I believe in most – “whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right”.