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Not Sure Whether You Should Continue Or Ditch Reading It? Try This Technique.

Not Sure Whether You Should Continue Or Ditch Reading It? Try This Technique.

We are always hammered with pounding echoes that keep nagging us to always finish what we start, whether it is a meal that turns out not to be as delectable as we imagined or a book that starts to drain us. We picked it up, started it and now there is no walking away until we finish it.

Quit! Close the book if it bores you unless you need to finish it for a job or a class lesson. Put books away that you do not enjoy. Good books are like good food; the more enjoyable they are, the faster you need to finish them.

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Have an ingrained tendency to finish any book you start even if it slumbers midway?

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It is common to dedicate time to finishing a book you invested in or lifted from a shelf. If you do not enjoy your read it can be agonizing. If you are a literary glutton and want to read as much as you can, boring books can backslide and slow down your productivity of reading. You may start about four novels and pack them away for every one that you pick up and are enticed to get to the end. Do not throw the first four books down in rage, quietly say ‘ this one is not for me’ and put it aside. No rage required.

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Give it a fair chance. Best is, get to page 50.

If there are no fireworks and you are no longer impressed, entertained, or remolded in the direction you need to be in, shelve it. Ask yourself is it worth it If yes, keep reading, If not look for another book to read. You can worm yourself back into that shelf of ‘books apart’ in time if you desire in six or sixty years time.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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