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Think It - Do It - Be It


Published at 5:59am 13th April 2018. (Updated at 10:12am 13th April 2018)

The myth of Friday the 13th being an unlucky day has several possible origins none of which really have any power over the day itself or, to put it another way, in reality it's no more or less "lucky" than any other day - it is in every sense a myth. To suppose there is a link between the number 13 and the day being a Friday that combine to make things particularly unlucky is, when you think about it.....well.....a bit silly.

That said, in a world where the news can often feel a little bit depressing, is a positive shift in our thinking the key to unlocking our potential in not only taking a different view on life but in also beginning to achieve the things we want, the things we really want? It sounds exciting doesn't it?

Ian Jefferis with Noble Manhattan Coaching certainly believes that positive thinking can help us tackle our daily lives a little better and potentially pay dividends for us in the long term. He stopped by to speak to Carl about the power of positive thinking.

Ten Tips for Positive Thinking
(courtesy of Noble Manhattan Coaching Ltd – Europe’s leading Coach Training College)

Only you can make changes to the way you think. Others can help but you’re the one in charge……

  1. Only use positive words when thinking. If you’re constantly telling yourself “I can’t”, you may start to believe it. Instead, encourage yourself by thinking you will do your best…. or try: “I can’t….YET”. 
  2. Practise positive affirmation. Repeat a positive phrase to yourself regularly like “I deserve to be happy” or “I will achieve success”. Hold that thought for 15 seconds. Believe in these thoughts and remind yourself frequently.
  3. Look at the big picture. Set yourself goals and don’t be put off by setbacks. The pathway is never smooth and often there are crossroads. Stay on it and it will lead you to where you want to be.
  4. Forgive yourself. Frequently we’re told to forgive others but we forget to forgive ourselves, making it difficult to move on. Constantly beating yourself up about things that have gone wrong won’t change them. Tell yourself that you’re forgiven for your mistakes and allow yourself to move on.
  5. Learn from the past, look to the future. The past is behind you and there is nothing you can do to change it. Whenever you have negative thoughts from the past, replace them with positive thoughts for future.
  6. Look for opportunity. In every situation that’s seemingly a failure, there’s an avenue to success. Consider what you can learn from such situations.
  7. Surround yourself with positive pictures. Make your workspace a happy place by putting up suitable pictures and screen savers. Use differing themes such as calm, focused… positive!!
  8. Stop being your own worst critic. Think good things about yourself instead of berating yourself as only you can.
  9. Take control of your life. It’s your life, they’re your decisions. Gain control of your decisions and choose what you want – happier and healthier?
  10. Do something nice. Say or do something nice for someone you care about. You’ll feel good and you just might make someone else’s day.
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