Turn Lights On (or TLO, for short) is a movement, a motivational tool and a way to improve people’s lives by getting them in the moment. It’s a way of maximising your potential, simply by being yourself.
TLO founder Georgina Jones is passionate about human connection and helping others to ‘turn their lights on’. As something of a happiness expert, Georgina has agreed to share her wisdom on how to create a genuine, lasting positive mental attitude.
‘Positive Mental Attitude’ is a term that has been bandied around and preached for many years! It’s something that we talk about and we can recognise in others.
Positive mental attitude is a part of something bigger, and everything is connected, so I would like to explore that with you if I may.
I would like to share an extract from my book, Turn Lights On:
“I think the secret to having a great life is positive energy. The phrase ‘positive thinking’ is something we hear a lot, and this feel-good kind of energy is nuclear! It has real power. The more energy you have, the more you can make life happen for you.”
So what I’m saying is thinking positively is simply not enough.
Let’s unpack this…
Your thoughts create your reality. The way you see the world starts with how you think about it – it’s an inside job! You create your own reality with your thoughts, and you can create the situations that you enjoy by having the right kind of thoughts.
This is happening all the time. It’s not something you can turn on and off – we are creating everyday. The more aware you are of this, and the more practice you put in, the easier it gets to think positively. You will be in positive situations, surrounded with positive people, and will feel positive!
Does this sound too good to be true? Give it a go and put me to the test, I’d love that.
So how is positive energy created? It is created not just by thinking positive thoughts, but by making an effort to do positive things and be a positive person. You can’t just think it – you have to be it and do it!
Some pointers to start with:
Live in the moment. In the moment we have complete power, as we are not stressing about the past or worrying about the future. We only have the now, so trust it, and make the most of it.
Write Stuff Down
When your thoughts are all over the place and you’re struggling to stay positive, write them down. Have a laugh at them, or at least try to see the bright side, and get some perspective.
Manage Your Fear
We all have fear. Recognise that, work out why it’s there and ask, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ It only has as much power over you as you give it.
Don’t Believe Your Thoughts
They are just thoughts, not facts. Some are based on assumptions, and we all know how dangerous assumptions are. When you have a negative thought, you can choose to let it go!
Quiet Your Mind
If you are not controlling your mind, who is? A quiet mind is a powerful mind. Sit for a few minutes a day and have a thought dump. This can be in the bath, in the garden or even in the lift at work.
Lighten up! Laughing is so good for you, and it can lighten up the heaviest of situations. Get into the habit of laughing instead of stressing – even when you’re faced with bad situations or self-doubt.
Stubborn behaviour is a dangerous as it takes a lot of energy to maintain. Spend your energy wisely, and recognise that sometimes the best thing to do is go with the flow!
Be Self Aware
Be aware, be awake; listen, look and be mindful of what is happening around you. By being more mindful, we can be open to more opportunities and genuinely supportive relationships with other people.
There are buckets of studies on the power of giving. Making people happy makes us happy! Look for opportunities to give your time or energy to others. You get when you give.
Do Positive Things For Yourself
Be kind to yourself by looking after your diet, your sleep, and your relationship with yourself. It’s the most important one!
Get out of your head and into your body. This can make such a difference to the way that you feel. We were born to move!
Take a moment to relax and enjoy rejuvenating. Find your thing and switch off. You know that thing that you love, and you say you never have the time to do… make time to do it!
Make positive thinking easier for yourself. Create a life that is conducive to a positive mindset, and PMA will be a way of being. Thinking positive things leads to doing positive things, and that will lead to being positive!
For more from Georgina and TLO, visit tloishappening.com or follow them on Twitter.
To learn more about cultivating a positive mental attitude, check out our corporate health resource.