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Staying Positive

Staying Positive

It's all about perspective. We are what we think we are. My life changed dramatically once I learned to accept this simple belief. It made me realize that in life, when one door closes, another one opens. I imagine great things behind every door. When things get tough along the way, I think that those situations are the preparation for what is to come. The first step for me to take this approach is to simply change my thoughts. As soon as a negative thought enters my mind, I immediately change it to a positive one. I remember my inner dialog used to consist of things like, “Don’t screw this up!” and “I hope I don’t make a mistake!” Now I think, “I am going to complete this play just how I did 1,000 times in practice.” Instead of fearing “crunch-time”, I thrive on it!  I visualize myself making the winning play. This new perspective has had an immediate and noticeable effect on my performance on the court.  It made me a much more consistent and thereby better player (even though my athletic ability did not change one bit). I have always known that my mind is my strongest ally and if I train my mind to think great big thoughts, I will accomplish great big things!

AUTHOR: Bex Urban

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  • I agree it takes active concentration to change to positive thoughts. My son recently had surgery to take out a fast growing mass. The night before he checked in I kept imaging the worst. I actually stopped myself and imagined him awaking after surgery and the surgeon later telling me the tumor is benign. I as well have done it in marathons where I imagine crossing the finish line. It really does work.

    Tracy on

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