Society seems starved for positivity. And yet we feed the spirit of negativity, conflict, and deception. While we have so many opportunities to share stories of the good happening in the world, our Facebook feeds are filled with stories of hate and brokenness. People are believing the lies of negativity too.
We hear people say they can’t change the world. Or maybe they should move to another country. There is a spirit of fear that is engulfing our nation. And yet, we do not have to live this way. When we want to live a life that we desire, we need to seek positivity and abandon negativity.
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” — Willie Nelson
Someone once told me that being negative or having a bad day was my choice. We choose to live with a bad day or we can choose to have a good day. At the moment, that sounds like terrible information. I used to think we couldn’t help whether or not we are negative or positive. And for years, I have lived with that lie. I’m believed I was a negative person. What I have learned is that is not true. Anyone can be positive or negative. We only need to choose.
Start with Gratitude
Choosing to be positive starts with one simple step. Be thankful. It is hard to be negative when you are thankful for something. It easy to feel terrible about yourself or your situation when you feel like it isn’t fair. However, when you are thankful for things in your life. You realize whatever is going on in the moment of your situation is not your entire life.
Where to start with being thankful? Start with the clothes on your back. Then work your way outward. Or you can be like me, start with your most important parts of your life. “I am thankful for my wife. Thankful for our house. Work is hard, but I am thankful I have a job.” When you start with a few basics, you begin to find more things to be thankful.
Next, Stop Feeding the Monster
We all have things or people in our lives encouraging negativity, maybe it's time for those to go. Have you ever noticed when you search something on Google and you bounce around websites, you start to see ads focused on your search history?
All of a sudden you are surrounded by one search and it becomes all you see. Sometimes we need to remove negative people or things and replace them with positive ones.
“Negativity is the enemy of our desires.”
Do you watch violent TV? Read the news first thing in the morning? Grab coffee with the most negative coworker in your office? Is there something in your life keeping you down. It’s time to get rid of it.
Hit the water cooler with a positive coworker. Start watching light comedy shows or read books instead of negative TV programing. Almost every positivity article I have ever read says we need to stop reading and watching the news. Once we remove the negative we can replace it with a positive.
Introduce a Positive Dwelling
Start introducing good things into your life. Journal in the morning. Write down a few things to be grateful for. Pray or meditate in place of the news articles or Facebook. Start working on a new project. Is there something you have always wanted to do, but never taken the time to do? Sometimes, introducing a project you have always desired to complete will bring up our spirits.
“It is time to build up positivity in your life.”
When we sit in a ‘dwelling of positivity’ (see Bible, Philippians 4:8) we begin to rewire our lives. We start looking for the things that are most important to us. Our purpose and priorities begin to come to the surface of our lives and we are filled with hope for those things. In these moments of hope, we grow a dwelling that is good.
When we see what is good, we began to see a life we desire. But the only way to get there is with positivity. Negativity is the enemy of your desires. It is time to build up positivity in your life.