Creating a Positive Mindset
You may have heard the saying, “the solution to pollution is dilution,” which can apply to various aspects of life. But simply put, dilution is the process of flushing out or removing pollutants, debris, and toxicities from something or someone by using larger amounts of a cleaner solution.
Pollution is not only an environmental issue. Mental pollution or “stinking thinking” is another common issue you may have heard of or dealt with, which can happen to the best of us. Life can be tough sometimes, and our struggles can infect our mindset with negative mental clutter. Whether it’s dealing with traffic on the way to work, negative associations, relationship struggles, money problems, or being overwhelmed with a big to do list—these factors and many more can add to stress and mental pollution. To clear our minds of unfavorable junk, we must understand that the solution to our mental pollution is also dilution.
We know from our own experience that this strategy works, if you work it! We’ve seen so many people over the years choose to intentionally dilute their mental pollution with positive thoughts, positive words, and positive actions. Some of the results include: improved attitudes, increased confidence, strengthened relationships, and an overall elevation of peace and happiness in so many people’s lives! If you’re ready to dilute the negative and increase the positive in your mindset and attitude, please follow these simple tips.
1. Remove the Negative Pollution
Cleaning out the mental pollutants from your stream of thoughts is critical to living a happier more productive life. Some negative things are unavoidable, like the traffic we mentioned above or a rude service worker at a restaurant. However, there are many stress-causing aspects of your life that you can control:
- Relationship problems.
- Financial issues.
- Bad habits.
- Negative thoughts.
- Using negative words.
- Unhealthy routines (poor diet, lack of sleep, minimal exercise).
- Negative influences (people, entertainment, places).
By removing these stressors from your life, you’ll start to feel an improvement in your mood and overall well-being. When you fill up a garbage bag in your house, you don’t wait until it’s overflowing before emptying it. You take the garbage out; otherwise, it starts to stink up the house. The same goes with your mind. You have to take the trash out! Not only that, but you must continuously act and think positively in order to dilute your mental toxins.
2. Add in the Positive Dilution
In her book, Battlefield of the Mind, Joyce Meyer says, “You can’t have a positive life and a negative mind.” In short, it’s critical to start working toward having a positive mindset. There are many ways to become a more optimistic person, but it always starts with recognizing the negative. Once you’ve done that, you can use positive thoughts and actions as dilution. Let’s take a look at what you can add to your life that’ll push the bad even further out of your system.
Start by surrounding yourself with positive people, and avoiding people who bring toxicity into your life. Don’t associate with people who gossip, create drama, cause problems, and generally don’t care about your well-being—or their own. You don’t need them to be an influence in your life. Instead, find people who are ambitious, honest, happy, and humble. Work on building relationships with these types of people and allow them to positively influence you. Mirror their actions and soon you, too, will become more driven, joyous, and content.
Increase your positive input and watch positive changes come your way! A few ways to do this are by picking up a positive mental attitude book, listening to encouraging speakers, or attending an inspiring educational event. These are all wonderful ways to dilute mental pollution. We’ve found the key to seeing great results from your time investments is to apply what you’re learning.
Knowledge + Action = Results!
Try your best to be flexible and look on the bright side. We can’t always control the negativity around us, but we do get to decide how to handle a situation. Oftentimes, a negative experience is only negative because of the way we react to it. Try your best to turn big issues into little issues, and little issues into nothing. Work hard at being unoffendable and things will get much easier for you.
It’s been said that good seeds produce good fruit, and bad seeds produce rotten fruit. Try to see the words you use as seeds that you’re planting. Words lead to thoughts, which lead to actions, which lead to results. So, if you want to dilute the negative, it just makes sense to speak positively! Learn more about the power of the spoken word, here.
3. Move Forward
We really hope you commit to getting rid of the negative things in your life and replacing them with positive ones. Throughout this process, always remember to focus on gratitude. Whether it’s toward people, things, or activities, make sure to express your gratitude. Tell people how grateful you are to have them in your life. If it’s an item or an activity that you’re grateful for, remind yourself how it makes you feel. Some people keep a gratitude journal, which is beneficial to turn to when you’re feeling upset or uninspired. Remembering all that you have to be grateful for is helpful in maintaining your positive outlook and putting things back into a positive perspective.
We’re excited for you to rid your mind of “stinking thinking,” and for the good stuff to start pouring in! Now that you’ve got the solution to your mental pollution, use it! Keep diluting the toxins with positive thoughts, words, association and actions, and you’ll see positive results. You’re in control of what you do and who you become.
Now, go out into the world and let your light shine bright!