Throughout your life there will be failures - whether you like it or not.
How you view those failures and what you focus on will either help you overcome them or push you into a downward spiral where you don't think you can accomplish anything.
When you apply positive thinking you prevent yourself from falling into that downward spiral where you don't think things will ever get better.
When you experience a failure the proper way to apply positive thinking is to focus on what went well, what worked out and how you can overcome failure. It means really looking at the positive side of what happened and also learning from the mistakes.
You should also think about what you want, the end result that you're looking for.
If you dwell on the mistakes then you're not applying positieve thinking correctly. Instead, you're likely to keep creating more mistakes because that's what your mind and subconscious mind are fixed on.
For example: Your boss assigns you a project. You do your best but it doesn't quite go the way your boss wanted. You think it went well, and you're positive about the outcome. But your boss points out a number of flaws or errors. He/she also points out the positive aspects of the job.
If you respond by being dejected and only look at what he/she didn't like then you're not really being very positive and you're not focusing on the outcome.
Your boss made some positive comments. There was room for improvement which he/she pointed out. Take those comments as ways to improve, grow and learn. Give yourself positive feedback by thinking about what went well. Now think about the end result you want, which is to get the project done right according to your bosses expecations. You don't focus on the negative. You actually use the negative comments to create something positive (the right end result) and you use the positive comments as encouragement, which you can build on.
When you experience failure it's important to acknowledge what didn't go well. Learn from those mistakes and move forward by making changes in how you do things so that you don't repeat the same mistakes. Be positive by thinking about what you really want and knowing that you can achieve your desired goals.
Then think about what worked well, or what did turn out positive. If you can't find anything then you're concentrating too much on the negative aspects. You're just used to seeing all that went wrong and this is a clear sign of chronic negative thiking. You have to put an end to that and start thinking positive by forcing yourself to find the positive aspects in situations where things didn't quite workout.
You should also try to find positive situations in things that happen everyday. You'll then train your mind to be more positive and plant positive thoughts on your subcnscious mind which will lead to a more positive and uplifting life.
When you look for and think about the positive in different situations you start to see and feel that you can achieve your goals. This leads to greater confidence and a stronge belief that you will succeed. Once this happens you start to attract more and more positive events.
Think about what you want. In the example of the project assigned by your boss that I just outlined, you have to think about what you want and this means putting what you want into a positive context. In other words, saying you don't want to upset your boss is not an example of thinking about what you want. In that case you're looking at what you don't want.
You may want to satisfy your boss, do a great job, do a fantastic job and satisfy your boss or do everything really well. Regardless, all these are looking at positive outcomes and not on what you don't want.
To often you'll think about what you don't want and in so doing you'll attract more and more negative situations and negative outcomes. A key component of positive thinking is to think about what you want and not what you don't want.
This is the real power behind positive thinking. Once you start to apply it everyday it spreads very quickly and leads to dramatic changes in your life. But you have to do this everyday. Sure you'll have some negative thoughts from time to time, and you'll think about some of the failures. When that happens, learn and grow. Then push yourself to find the positive things in those situations.
Here are a few things you can do to overcome failure by applying positive thinking:
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