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Positive Thinking – Different Levels

Positive Thinking – Different Levels

A tricky subject. Easy to offend those who struggle with it. There is no obvious way to improve your ability, unlike exercise. Why am I am even contemplating writing about it? That is a good question and one I asked myself. Then I thought about what positive thinking meant to me and how differently someone else might answer the same question. I came to the conclusion that there must be ‘different levels’ of positive thinking.

The benefits are unquestionable and I am lucky enough to experience many of them on a daily basis.

*Confidence that things will always work out for the best.

*The ability to smile without realising I am doing it which has an infectious affect.

*A healthy sleep pattern because tomorrow is just another day. it might be scary, exciting, happy, sad….but it will pass just like today

*Listening to others problems and being able to see the ‘up’ side whatever it may be and totally believe in it.

*Accepting emotions as part of life that makes us stronger. The good, the bad and the ugly!

*Understanding that kindness is key to my happiness and bitterness has no place in my heart.

Those are just the ones that spring to mind. I know we can all look up the benefits but reading what they are is very different from experiencing them.

How many benefits can you think of that affect the way you live?

More importantly, how many negative thoughts dictate the way you live?

Compartmentalisation of the mind is extremely difficult in my opinion and it is a well known fact that men are better at it than women (they were born that way). Over the years I have come to accept that my mind appears to be a jumble of thoughts and emotions all bumping into eachother! My theory is that like in cooking, the strongest ingredient gives the flavour of the food. If the strongest emotions and thoughts are positive you end up with a happy cake…!! That’s not quite science but I hope you get my point?

Can you become more positive without studying the subject. Possibly. It must depend on how many ‘positive ingredients’ you already have. If your stock is low then to purchase more you may have to put some time and effort into it.

I do not pretend to understand the complexities that make the difference between positive and negative people. I do appreciate that what happens in your life can shape how you see the world. But. There is no disputing the fact that positive people are happier, no matter what their circumstances.

To make this blog worthwhile, be honest with yourself and ask the question. How positive am I? Let me know what you concluded. It will be fascinating.

About the Author

Having been involved in fitness all my life but never being competitive, I was fascinated to learn how simple it is to stay in shape without entering the world of the gym fanatic or elite athlete.​ So after 17 years managing the swimming school and taking rowing classes at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, I decided it was time to do something that would give me an even greater sense of achievement and job satisfaction.

​I studied the mechanics of exercise versus shape and began to understand why so many people who have exercise routines that sometimes seem excessive, never see a change in their shape.

I set up Tessfit which tackles this conundrum and it is a real mix and match offering between nutrition and weight management advice, fitness classes and personal training.

I now work from home and run my classes at Steves Gym in Newton Abbot. It is a great balance and apart from loving my work I now also get to spend valuable time with my family.​.

One response to “Positive Thinking – Different Levels”

  1. Sally Smallwood says:

    I do admire the way you have developed a positive attitude to life Tess as I believe you have had to deal with some difficult & upsetting problems along the way. Also the way you have taken on your Business & made a success of it whilst always smiling, that takes some doing. My positive attitude really started when I was left to bring up two young children on my own by a husband who wanted little to do with his children. I learnt that if you adjust to a situation that you can do little about, it’s a good learning curve to have to manage on your own and I certainly believe I came out of a bad place a better & more understanding person and could empathize much more with other people in a similar situation. That has to be a positive thing discovering there is sunshine after the rain!

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