Instead of wasting time and enduring defeat because you expect yourself to fail, embracing positivity raises the bar for your own self-expectations. Through this, you gain new confidence. As your personal success grows, negative thinking fades away. Your new positive thinking patterns begin to manifest as a self-fulfilling prophecy. At this point, embracing positivity takes on a new meaning when you realize that positivity is actually now embracing you.

Embracing Positivity: Getting Started

  • The company you keep

    There is an old saying: Birds of a feather flock together, and there is some real truth to this. If your usual companions are full of negativity, this will likely influence you to feel the same.

    If they're highly positive people, follow their example. Try to learn all you can about how they maintain their positive attitude.
  • Look for hope and watch it grow

Look for the small things that add to your day. You can smile at a stranger and watch them smile back. Ask a small child how old they are and watch as they proudly recite their age. Notice the crisp cool air of the coming autumn in the morning. Play a game with a cat or dog. Stop to smell a flower.

These small activities give hope that there is still hope out there.

  • Don't assume failure
    Instead of thinking you know how a situation will turn out (meaning bad), allow yourself to wonder what it would be like if you did succeed and what that would be like.
  • Journaling
    Begin a daily journal and write in it every day. Set aside a time for this. It could just be a paragraph or two. Talk about your goals and write about them as you edge closer and closer to them.

    Your journal will prove your new positivity and document your progress on paper.

  • Emulate a positive role model
    There is probably someone in your life that you greatly admire. You're probably even a little jealous. However, you can use their success as a pattern for your own. Ask them how they got started and how they became successful. Everyone is different, but there are still basic characteristics that successful people have in common. Here are a few to consider:

  • They set goals and work to achieve them no matter what
  • They make the extra effort instead of giving up
  • They appreciate what they've done so far
  • They believe in themselves
  • They take action!

There is another old saying: She or he who hesitates is lost. Embracing positivity will allow you to grab an opportunity and run with it while you still can.

The Power of Positive Thinking

You must cast out your old negative thinking and replace it with dynamic and positive thoughts. This is discussed throughout the bestselling book, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Dr. Peale's 1952 book is still relevant today and is still in print with over 15 million copies sold. The author believes that the concept of embracing positivity (he doesn't use that exact term, but that's what he means) is the best way to achieve any kind of success. Start your day with optimistic thoughts. Find a few inspirational quotes and start your day with one of more of them. Inspiration is wherever you find it and whatever has meaning for you. Many people find strength, power and positivity through religion. Others may see it in the natural world around us. It really doesn't matter what it is. If it inspires and encourages you, that's all that matters.

Embracing your Health

Even medical science has found evidence that positive thinking that improve your physical health, too. In 15 out of 16 studies, results showed higher recovery rates and better health among positive thinkers when compared to negative ones. These studies defined patients with positive attitudes as those who actively envisioned their recovery and took action to help themselves, such as following new lifestyles, taking medication, losing weight and stopping bad habits like smoking.

Reinforcing Positivity

Forbes magazine recommends a daily routine of positive thinking reinforcement. This will minimize discouragement and boost your determination and new thought patterns. You should establish a regular, pleasant morning routine that sets the tone for your day. This could be a session of thankfulness, mindfulness, meditation, exercise or yoga or any combination of these plus journaling. It's very important to have a physical place to write your thoughts, whether it be in a paper journal, a laptop or through a mobile app. One of the hardest things to do is to learn to accept that some things cannot be changed. There will always be negative situations and negative people. The key is to work on your reactions to these things and to keep working towards your goals even if life sets you back sometimes.


Be kind to others and especially be kind to yourself. Get a journal and do some reading about other ways to embrace positivity. Cherish this quote from the Desiderata: "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. You have a right to be here." True positivity is everywhere. You just have to learn where to look for it.