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How Positive Thinking Allowed Me to Stop Living in Fear

I spent years telling myself I wasn’t good enough. Making excuses not to reach my potential. Genuinely not knowing I had the ability to thrive. You see, when we tell ourselves something repeatedly, we eventually believe and become it. We form a new habit. A new way of life. And sometimes, this can be a negative way of life.

Well, it turns out the same is true for positive thinking. Our brains don’t know the difference between fact and fiction. Therefore, you either have the power to sabotage your life or thrive and believe in yourself. How powerful. 

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You can check out just some of the benefits of positive thinking, below:

Positive thinking is linked to a wide range of health benefits, including:5

  • Better stress management and coping skills
  • Enhanced psychological health
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Increased physical well-being
  • Longer life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease-related death


Knowledge is power

But the old me never had that knowledge. I wasn’t ready to be equipped with these tools until I decided something had to change. 

Several life-changing events led me on a path to begin valuing myself. Inner work is difficult, you question yourself and the journey. But ultimately, you can emerge a much better version of yourself. 

Recently, at job interviews, instead of crumbling and allowing nerves to overtake me. I ask myself whether the workplace is suitable for me. I wouldn’t want a repeat of the toxic workplaces I’ve been part of before. I stand up for myself. Show confidence even when I really don’t feel that way inside. And give my mind a good telling-off if it starts playing negative tricks on me

My important message to you

The purpose of this post is to let you all know, there is a different way to live your life. You can basically live your life however you choose. Happy, sad, negative, or positive. 

If you’re stuck in a rut or feeling down, I’m here to tell you things can get better.

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  1. Changing my mindset has done wonders for how I see the world. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard when you’re used to a life of negative thinking and self-hatred. And it’s incredibly difficult when you’re going through hardships. But simply changing the narrative of my mind has really created a whole new world for me.

    1. I totally agree with this. It’s difficult to change it, but so worth it!

  2. I’ve previously written about dealing with my negative inner voice and how beneficial it is for my mental well-being; it is incredible how much our inner dialogue can impact our day-to-day life. It is so good to read you’ve found a way forward; I hope you continue to find what works for you and it helps you. A mindset shift is a great thing to welcome.
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    1. It impacts us massively. And I’m glad to hear positive thinking also works for you.

  3. This is such a great post, and I like the bullet points you made! It’s important how we think and talk to ourselves, I am trying to teach my children at a very young age how you treat yourself, how you think and how you talk are all a big part of your happiness. My girls all have positive affirmations on their mirrors and it was so heart warming to see what they wrote themselves.

    1. This is such a fantastic idea! I have some quotes in my little one’s room, and a lovely poem my Aunt wrote about me when I was a baby. But I am definitely going to ask her to pick some to put on the wall. She’s just started writing her name & asking us to read things to her!

  4. Thank you for this post I actallu look at things differently from reading this

    1. I am so happy the post has this effect on you 🙂

  5. Shanna says:

    It is very easy to maintain a cycle of negativity as we are all surrounded by it everyday. It takes a lot of effort to remain positive, but the rewards are great when you are able to change your mindset and do so. The cycle of thoughts in a person’s head daily is immense. Making sure that you give yourself positive things to reflect on is important.

    1. So important. And I totally agree, the world is a grim place right now. It’s hard work to remain positive.

  6. Yeah! It all takes a positive mind to go out of the nest. Thank you for sharing your experience with me.

  7. I do believe in positive thinking as it makes such a big difference.

    1. It makes a difference, especially when I have bad mental health days.

  8. I totally agree. It has helped me with my health. It does take some work to reverse the negative thinking, but once there on a more solid level, you definitely see the changes in life. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    1. It definitely takes practice.

  9. Leslie says:

    This is a great post and it’s very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.
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  10. Having such an ingrained negative inner voice is so detrimental to so many areas of our lives but it’s much easier said than done, to try and turn that voice around! It’s important we try and posts like these show the benefits of putting in the work to become a more positive person. Great post!

    1. Thank you. & I totally agree – it’s important I monitor my thoughts, as I can easily get into a downward spiral!

  11. Positive thinking is so important yet some times so hard to do hehe

    1. I totally agree. I am prone to overthinking and just can’t stop it when it happens!

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  13. Positive thinking always gives us hope in difficult times. Sometimes the situation is not in our favor, and then it is challenging to stay positive, but still having positive thought give us strength to fight back and turns the situation in our favor. I always pass this message to my kids so they can strongly believe in positive thinking that it works.

    1. Totally agree

  14. Mindset and attitude is so key to overcome challenges and for personal growth. A positive mindset and a gratitude mindset is something I am working on. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is great you have seen positive changes.

    1. These things have transformed my life. But I still sometimes get stuck in a negative cycle.

  15. So true! It all takes a positive mind to be positive. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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  16. What an inspirational post!, Roaring Pumpkin. Thank you for reminding us about the power of thinking positively. Happy you were able to get out of your head and realize that you are wotrthy of all the possibilities that life has to offer you. Great post!

    1. Thank you – I spent years thinking negatively about myself. I hope other people read this and really think about the impact.

  17. I definitely need to think more positively of myself. This post is a good reminder to me that doing this will help me out so much.

    1. Glad this gave you a good reminder. It’s so hard but also worth it.

  18. I’m slowly learning to change my own mindset. I am a very negative person, so when things get too overwhelming or stressful, it can be difficult for me to see the positive. I am working with a therapist to turn that thinking around, so next time, I will think more positively instead of breaking down. Great post!

    1. It takes time & hard work but you will get there – good luck!

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