Psychology of Positive Thinking

If you have ever worked with a Life Coach you may have heard about positive thinking, but don’t really know enough about to know exactly how it works. Positive thinking can provide many wonderful benefits in your life such as improving your health, increasing the opportunities in life, improving the way you relate to others and the changing for the better the way you see yourself.

In our Life Coaching courses we teach the basic psychology behind the power of positive thinking is that you’re more apt to take on life with a positive outlook and have more positive results than if you face the world negatively. That doesn’t mean that we teach students to should gloss over the obvious, but it does mean we teach in our life coaching courses that a ‘bad’ circumstance can be made much brighter than viewing them in a negative way.

Life Coaches will often view positive thinking as how you explain what happens in your life. If you have an optimistic attitude, you’re more likely to see opportunity or lessons when ‘ bad’ things happen and certainly don’t blame something else for the circumstance. You’re also more apt to view a negative event as outside the normal for you or a temporary circumstance.

My favorite US President, Abraham Lincoln once commented, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” When you choose to approach life’s challenges with a wonderful positive attitude, you’re not ignoring the bad stuff in the world, you’re simply choosing to see the best in people and in situations.

Positive thinking and positive psychology are often thought to be the same, but they’re really not. With positive psychology, the focus is definitely on positive thinking, but most psychologists tend to think it’s more beneficial to think realistically.

However, it is clear that thinking more positively will ensure more positive outcomes in your life. The best thing you can do is to pay attention to your self-talk and realistically assess whether it’s better to think that way – or not.

As you practice positive thinking, you’ll become more adept at culling out the positive thoughts that aren’t realistic as opposed to the thoughts that can have a positive impact on your life.

Learn more about the psychology of positive thinking by working with a Life Coach or even better do a Life Coaching course yourself.. It’s the best personal Development I can think of!

Glen Murdoch

Glen Murdoch is the founder and CEO of The Life Coaching College. He has a long history of working with Athletes and Teams as a Performance Coach and Analyst and has developed Australia's number 1 Life Coaching College.