Wrap Up and Where to Go from Here

 

You did it! You’ve reached the end of your thirty-day journey toward positive mindset and self-growth. Chances are pretty good that, if you’ve read each article and taken their suggestions, you’re feeling much more hopeful than you did at the beginning of this endeavor. You’ve learned so much, and you should be proud of yourself! Let’s review all we’ve covered during this time and give you some practical ideas of where to go from here.

What You’ve Learned

You’ve covered so much material over the last month that you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. Don’t be. Most of the concepts covered in these articles are related. They go together to form a cohesive set of skills that will improve your mind and attitude as you work toward self-development. We’ve explored the ways in which your thoughts and self-talk influence your entire life. This is a big one. You’ve also discovered ways to change your thinking so you can change your habits. An exploration of goal-setting and its impact on your success in life was an important part of this journey, as well. Finally, we covered some brain science and the fact that your mind’s function can be influenced through outside actions and input.

Tools You’ve Gained

Not only did you explore the concepts that make up a positive mindset and lead to self-growth, you’ve also gained some concrete tools for accomplishing the positive thinking and skills you need to become the person you want to be. Here are just some of the tools you now have at your disposal for making positive, lasting change:

? Morning ritual
? Gratitude journal
? Reading habit
? Personal Development Plan
? Visualization
? Reframing your thoughts
? Self-awareness
? Goal setting
? Positive thinking
? Tricking your brain
? Learning methods
? Self-confidence boosting

This is an impartial list of all the tools you’ve gained throughout this month of intentional living. However, you can make quick reference of it when you need to grab a strategy from your tool bag to help you turn your thinking around or refocus your goals.

Where to Go from Here

Where you go from here is truly up to you. The tools you now possess can be utilized in any way that makes sense for your life and your learning style. Self-growth is a constant process. It never ends. You may wish to start with your self-development plan as a guide for implementing your new knowledge. It’s possible you could even create an entirely new plan for how to approach each day with a positive mindset toward learning and development. This plan can include the tools that resonate most with you. Please do take care not to overwhelm yourself. Implementing all of the tools and skills you’ve learned at once is impossible and will be counterproductive to your success. Pick your favorites, make a short plan and get started. Know that you can tweak your plan or add to it as you go along. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Hopefully, you now feel empowered to pursue your journey of self-growth and a positive mindset with renewed excitement. You have the knowledge, the tools and the attitude to become the best version of yourself and live your fullest life. Enjoy!

Keep Your Mind Young by Never Stopping to Learn Something New

When you’re on a quest for personal development and want to become the very best version of yourself, it’s imperative that you understand the importance of learning. Striving to comprehend new things, gain additional information and become knowledgeable in a wide assortment of topics are all aspects of learning. The concept goes far beyond that of formal education, so there’s no need to enroll in a class or program in order to learn. Engaging in anything that keeps your mind active will do. If you want to keep your mind young, never stop learning. Read below for just a few of the benefits continual study and curiosity can bring.

Stay Healthy

From a practical viewpoint, taking time to learn new things can keep you physically healthy. Reading up on nutrition will teach you the best ways to nourish your body. Seeing a personal trainer gives you the information you need to keep your body healthy and fit. Keeping up with the latest blogs on the spiritual practice of your choice can lead to less stress. No matter what type of learning you pursue, keeping your mind active is a form of exercise that can ward off Alzheimer’s and dementia related illnesses in your later years, contributing to a longer, healthier lifespan.

Fight Boredom

Boredom puts you in a mindset in which life seems dull and devoid of interest. That’s a destructive place to be, and staying there for long will make it harder to pull yourself out of it. Being bored takes a toll on your mind, body and spirit. Mental stimulation is the opposite of boredom and can be achieved simply by engaging your mind. Pick up a hobby. Choose something new to learn that will enhance your current career or take some time to research a completely different career that interests you. Anything that uses your brain in novel ways will do.

Gain Critical Thinking

By constantly learning, you’ll be filling your brain’s toolbox with hordes of information that can be used in fresh ways. You’ll be surprised at the innovative solutions you gradually begin to notice yourself developing as you gradually become exposed to new ideas. This critical thinking and creativity can push you ahead in your career, as well as in other aspects of your life.

Grow Connections

As you take various steps to learn, you’ll likely find yourself in new situations and places. Even if that learning is online through virtual means, you’ll encounter others who pursuing similar knowledge. Putting yourself out there physically through classes, clubs or volunteer experiences will definitely grow your network. Meeting new people offers scores of benefits in its own right. These connections can challenge you, expose you to new ideas, assist you in obtaining goals and enhance your life through friendship.

Live Better

Developing new skills can lead you to your passion. When you find a hobby or pursuit you’re passionate about, your life is positively changed forever. Even if you never discover one great passion through your efforts to learn, you will improve yourself in some way, whether it’s through a job promotion, meeting new people, improving your thinking skills or increasing your health. Your life will become deeper and richer for taking the effort to learn.

By continuing to learn, you will keep your mind young and grow your spirit. There’s no better activity when it comes to self-improvement than striving to gain knowledge. Have fun with it.

The Health Benefits of Positive Thinking

Thinking positively does more for you than simply making more attractive to be around. Sure, no one likes to hang out with a Negative Nancy or a Debbie Downer. However, self-criticism and complaints harm more than your social life. Such cognitive habits can actually have a real impact on your health and wellbeing. Take, for instance, how your muscles get tense, your eating habits may change, your sex drive can take a nosedive and you fall into patterns of sadness or anxiety when you’re feeling blue or stressed out. Conversely, happy and more realistic views can ensure that you live a longer, more healthy life. There are a whole host of good things that come from being an optimistic thinker. Let’s go over the health benefits of positive thinking in order to help you understand its importance.

Better Heart Health

Negativity and stress impact the heart’s ability to function and contribute to cardiac issues. Making a routine habit of positive thinking actually has been shown to lower heart problems like stroke or heart attack. When you’re generally happier and more optimistic, you tend to engage in healthier habits that contribute to the strength of your heart such as daily exercise and eating well.

Improved Immunity

Stress takes a toll on how your body copes with disease and other threats. The wear and tear of constant worry leaves your immune system weakened and vulnerable. Positive thinking keeps stress at bay. Being happy can actually strengthen your immune system, helping you to fight off disease and live a healthier life.

Live Longer

Yep, science has shown that it’s possible to extend your life through the power of looking on the bright side. In one study, participants who viewed aging in a positive light lived on average 7.5 years longer than those who were negative about getting older. This proved to be a bigger increase than the average four years added life expectancy that come with lowering cholesterol and reducing blood pressure. That’s quite a significant finding with amazing implications regarding the importance of embracing promising thoughts.

Become More Resilient

Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from life stressors. Resilient people deal with events like tragedy and loss with effective coping strategies and in ways that help them to move on successfully with their lives. Those who don’t possess this trait are more likely to languish in a compromised state such as depression or addiction when faced with harsh circumstances. When you possess a positive mindset, you tend to be more resilient because your self-talk is helpful to your situation, pushing you to move past the current obstacle instead of immersing yourself in the emotional pain. The overall life benefits of resiliency can be transformative.

As you can see, the health benefits of positive thinking are quite dramatic. The studies and effort researchers have put into this topic demonstrate its importance and relevance to well being. You can drastically improve your whole life just by making concerted efforts to turn your cognitions around. That definitely seems worth the effort.

Journaling as a Tool for Self Growth and Positive Thinking

Negativity is a trap that can feel nearly impossible to escape. Even those who are usually inclined to see things in the affirmative can fall into the occasional rut of stinking thinking. That’s because once it takes hold, your brain adapts to the ideas it is being fed. In order to get away from the grip of such patterns, you must make an intentional effort to change. This means doing something tangible on a regular basis that can have an impact on replacing the bad habit with a better one. One incredibly powerful way to do this is through keeping a journal. Keep reading to discover how to use journaling as a tool for self-growth and personal thinking. You’ll be out of that rut in no time.

Decide on Your Focus

First of all, you’ll want to decide on the type of journal you wish to keep. Your focus can be on gratitude, personal reflection, learning, goal setting or a mix of subjects. Having an idea of the kinds of things you want to write will simply give you a bit of a structure in which to frame your daily scribbling. In fact, you can literally scribble in your journal if you’d like. Drawing can be incredibly therapeutic. Having a general idea of the contents of your journal will definitely make the next step easier.

Choose Your Journal

Next, you’ll want to choose a type of journal to keep. Many like to write in a paper notebook of some kind, as the practice of physically feeling the movement of their writing implement is soothing. Plus, it’s nice to have something tangible to pick up and read at your leisure. If you’re a modern thinker and prefer to see the words fly across the computer screen, go ahead and set up your journal in a word processing program. During this time, you may also want to consider adding additional sections to your paper or digital notebook to include areas for random notes, pictures or any other components you think will be helpful. Get creative with this part.

Create a Consistent Practice

Journaling only works if you do it regularly, and it can be a tricky habit to pick up if you’re not accustomed to writing often. So you’ll want to choose a time of day in which you’ll be most likely to write and set up a regular place for your journaling. Doing so creates a framework for your mind, telling it that it’s time to get down to writing; it helps to entrench your new habit. If you’re a morning person, journal first thing to start your day off on the right foot. As a reflective thinker, it may help you to write in the evening as a way to process your day, note the good things and make a plan for managing obstacles.

Even if you rarely write and don’t consider yourself to be a writer, you can gain a lot by keeping a journal. Writing regularly is a focused activity that is useful in any type of self-growth activity, as it will help you to process your actions. Journaling is especially great for shaping positivity thinking because you are able to see patterns in your thoughts, as you work to change them. Writing also works to stimulate the creation of neural pathways that contribute to even more positive thinking.

From Positive Thinking to Positive Action

 

Positive thinking is a wonderful thing. You’re starting to understand the ways in which your thoughts influence your feelings and behavior. You may wish to take more control over your situation by intentionally turning the thoughts into more actionable steps. This is actually something you can do by implementing some proactive strategies. Read on to discover how to go from positive thinking to positive action in your approach to life and goals.

Make It Known

The concept of manifestation is a powerful one. It relies on the idea that your desires will come to you if you make them known, that what you believe you receive. This philosophy may or may not resonate with you, but the premise does have merit. By stating your intentions to the Universe, you’re setting them into your subconscious and will be more likely to act on them.

Be Accountable

Don’t stop at telling the Universe of your plans. Tell the world. Let you friends, family and social media followers know of your intentions and goals. This will make you accountable for acting on them, rather than just wishing for them to become a reality. People are bound to ask you about your progress, and you’ll want to be able to give them a positive report. You can even ask some of your closest people to help hold you to your goals by checking in with you on a regular basis. If you’re a writer, keeping a blog of your progress might be a good way to maintain accountability, as well.

Document It

Along these lines, documenting your goal plan and progress is a fantastic way to implement positive thinking into positive action. If you decide to blog about your experience, your words offer written proof of your progress and push you toward completion. Taking photos is another awesome method for keeping track of your actions and pushing yourself further.

Check In With Yourself

Sustaining a goal is a difficult task. It’s easy to get excited during the planning stages when the idea is new. Once the novelty wears off and the hard work begins, it can be tempting to give up. Keep yourself on track by checking in during the hard times to remind yourself why it is you’re striving for this particular thing. Goals require motivation to come to fruition. Find your motivation, the thing that’s pushing you to keep going. Then remind yourself of it regularly. You might even want to make desire visible somehow. You can write it on your mirror in lipstick or place an inspiring photo next to your computer as a reminder.

Find a Model of Success

Choosing a successful person to model your behavior upon and to inspire you is a wonderful way to ramp up your efforts. It’s important to understand that you don’t have to be exactly like this person, but having a role model sure can help you to envision your goal. Choose a person in your life or one you’ve read about as your model. Study them to learn about their background, how they got to where they are, advice they offer and other such tidbits. This proof of success shows you it’s possible to accomplish your desires and gives you a sort of roadmap to make it happen.

These tips should get you moving from positive thinking to positive action. Once you start taking action toward your goals, you’re likely to gain momentum and find satisfaction in each step you complete.