Finding the road to living life fully isn’t just about adding things to your life, but it is also about saying “no” to certain things. Breaking certain habits and/or stopping certain activities sometimes can be more challenging then learning to incorporate something new into your routine. By eliminating the following activities, thoughts and attitudes from you life, you’ll experience drastic improvements in your quality of life.
1. Play Victim
When you take a hold of your thoughts and actions, it all of a sudden becomes a lot more difficult to blame others for your problems. Positive thinkers tend to take charge of their destiny, so when they mess up they have no problem taking blame for the consequences. As a bonus, by not focusing on people or events that may have unjustly impacted their lives negatively, they can focus on moving forward.
2. Not Show Gratitude
Appreciation for the small things is what helps build a positive attitude in the first place. It is hard to be depressed when you realize the wonders of electricity, indoor plumbing, the internet- technologies that were not around all that long ago. Oh, there also are the timeless things to be grateful for like love, friendship, nature, etc.
3. Dwell on Negative Thoughts
Even positive thinkers occasionally have a negative thought pop up in their head, because no one can think 100% positive thoughts all of the time. How they handle these negative thoughts is what sets them apart. Instead of dwelling on the same negative thought over and over again, positive thinkers will acknowledge the negative thought then perhaps correct it and move on. So for example, if someone who thinks positively most of the time thinks “I’m really having a bad day today” will not repeat that thought as a mantra making is a sell-fulfilling prophecy. Instead they will think of all the good things that happened today or try to proactively make the day better.
4. Engage in Destructive Behavior
Positive thinkers tend to be focused on small steps to get to their larger goals, so they tend to steer away from activities that impede their progress. Eating too much, drinking too much and sleeping too little just aren’t things you do when everyday is considered to be an opportunity to enrich and improve your life.
5. Hang Around a Negative Crowd
When you think positively, the people who are always hating, nay saying and all of that are just SO tiring to be around. Who wants to sit around listening to others whine about their troubles all of the time? If these people are so cynical and pessimistic, why aren’t they out doing something about their lives or the world rather than sitting around jabbering about it?
6. Give Up on What is Important
Being a positive thinker doesn’t mean NEVER giving up, but it does mean not giving up on things that are important. When you focus your mind towards a goal every single day, giving up just becomes a non-option.
7. Flail Around Aimlessly
Positive thinkers have a tendency to focus their mind towards progress, so they do not spend a lot of time lolly gagging around. Unless the goal is to take time to relax and do nothing, positive thinkers work towards achieving their dreams rather than spending each day wondering aimlessly.
8. Stress About Imaginary Scenarios
What is the point of worrying about something that isn’t even happened yet or probably will never happen? When you have a positive outlook on life, you soon realize that the boogie man isn’t out to get you, and even if he is it is a waste of time worrying about it!