Embrace Constructive Thinking (Self-Leadership Part 3)

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To be a happy person, you have to think constructively. You have to look at things in a positive way and determine how they will benefit you. Always think things through and determine the best course of action. Your brain is a powerful tool, so use it to your advantage.

Positive Thinking

Look on the bright side of things and stay in that mindset. Having a positive thinking attitude will benefit you in so many ways. It helps with your mental health, as well as your physical health. It is amazing the power that the mind has. Positive people attract positivity to their lives.

If you are fortunate, like me, to have a friend who is a positive thinker, observe and take lessons on how they make you feel. That’s the power you hold as a leader to influence those you lead just by being a healthy (positive) person to be around.

Here are some reminders that we all need, especially in the face of adversity, to be a positive influence:

  • Stop negative self-talk.
  • See the humour in things.
  • Cultivate optimism.
  • Being positive is a continual strengthening process.


Having that inner dialogue with yourself is normal and good for you.

For a healthy mind, we want to focus on developing better self-talk and practicing it. Self-talk is our little inner voice. It may not always be loud, so we need to listen for it. It’s important to pay attention because it can either be positive or negative.

Positive talk is what makes you feel good about yourself. It decreases anxiety and improves concentration and focus. Negative self-talk is discouraging dialogue that makes you feel bad, it’s being pessimistic. Get rid of it!

Positive self-talk can help:

  • Make you feel better about yourself
  • Boost your confidence
  • Build your self-esteem
  • Create relationships
  • Give you a feeling of control

Opportunity Thinking

Think about it and make it happen! Opportunities present themselves to people who want them and pursue them. Opportunities present themselves as chances to make a change – for something better – so it’s important to recognize them, even if you are afraid. They may make all the difference in your life. An opportunity thinker vs an obstacle thinker will look for the positives and go for it!

Many businesses do a SWOT Analysis (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) as a strategy tool to assess aspects of their business and uncover opportunities for improvement and growth.

Here are some habits you can create to help make opportunities happen:

  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Think of what you do as important.
  • Imagine opportunities everywhere you look.
  • Look for opportunities that suit you.
  • Make decisions on whether you want an opportunity to happen.