Thinking Positive: How to Change Your Outlook on Life


In life, we’re always going to experience good and bad days; it’s just like the saying goes: “Some days you’re the bird, and other day you’re the statue.”

I’ve always quickly identified when I’m living a “bird day”. Oddly enough, I manage to find the positive in the day, and anything amiss doesn’t affect me. When I’m having a “statue day”, nothing seems to work; as if numerous birds are perched upon me, desecrating all that I stand for.

Intrinsically looking at the analogy, I’ve come to realize how unaware I am to my own numerous mind games or tricky thought patterns. With a positive outlook, I’m able to identify favourable circumstances, while downplaying any potentially negative aspects of my day.

The mind is a powerful thing. It gives us the ability to control how we react to every day situations, and whether or not we succeed or fail. That being said, I challenge you to start thinking in a positive way. Surround yourself with an environment that makes you smile, and with positive influences that allow you to achieve your goals. Take note of things you are grateful for: the enjoyable experiences, the moments that make you happy, the people and things that make life good. Incorporate positive thoughts like “I can” and “I will”, instead of “Maybe”, “I’ll try”, or “I can’t”.

As a committed realist, I know it’s absurd to see consistently view the world in perfection. The process of positive thought patterns allows us to discover ourself, beyond our psychological limitations; it enables us to create achievable and realistic goals, rather than concentrating on the the less ideal or numerical significances. And when we look at certain aspects of our life, like our personal health, positive thought patterns help can help us put more focus on our holistic goals.

About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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