April 29, 2017

New Book & Giveaway from Tracie Miles

***Winner of “Living So That” giveaway announced at the end of this post***

I’ve invited my friend, Tracie Miles, to share six great strategies to help you walk through the hard places in life from her new book, Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel and Live. For a sneak peek of “Unsinkable Faith,” visit her blog for a free sample chapter.

6 Things Positive People Do Every Day

When the situations of life don’t “feel” positive, it’s often hard to think positive. But fortunately, it’s not impossible.

Being a positive thinker doesn’t mean living with a Pollyanna / rose colored glasses mentality. It simply means choosing to intentionally look for the best in things, and find reasons to be positive, rather than intentionally or even inadvertently focusing on the negative aspects of people, life and situations.

We can’t control our circumstances, but we can always control our thoughts about them. And when we change the way we think, we in turn change the way feel and live.

If you have found yourself becoming a negative or pessimistic thinker lately, even if you have lots of reasons to justify that type of attitude, or if you feel like you’ve always been a negative person and think it’s impossible to change, might you consider incorporating a few of these tips into your everyday routines?

I want to assure you that when you begin to change the way you think, you’ll notice your perspective and outlook and the way you feel inside will begin changing too. A happier life with more peace, joy and happiness – despite life – could be as close as one positive thought away.

  1. Express gratitude. Ask God to help you live with an awareness of your blessings. Notice the little things that bring a flutter of joy to your heart – a butterfly, a streak of warm sunshine, the laughter of your child, the hug from a loved one. Try to focus on what you have, rather than on what you don’t.
  2. Look for beauty. Life can be ugly, and at times we get so caught “seeing” the ugly, we neglect to notice the beauty around us. Take time to really look out the window as you drive today. Notice the blue sky, the green trees, the bunny hopping across the field. Smell the flowers, savor the aroma of dinner on the stove, and feel the softness of your baby’s hair. Beauty is all around us in a million different forms, if only we choose to not overlook it and miss out.
  3. Don’t compare anything to anyone else because doing so not only feeds your insecurities, but because comparison is the thief of joy. You are you, and God made you unique in every way; gifted with abilities, traits and talents that nobody else has. Rather than focusing on how you don’t feel you measure up in some way, most likely against some standard you were never meant to meet, focus on your positive attributes alone.
  4. Don’t overthink problems. The more we overthink a problem – letting our imaginations run wild with worry and fear and stress – the bigger those problems become. Instead of thinking the worst, try to think the best. Instead of focusing on the negatives of a situation, try to think of some positives that might come out of it. If you’re to overthink be overly positive. A little too much optimism never hurt anyone.
  5. Change the way you typically think. Cultivate optimism in your patterns of thinking. Instead of seeing the glass half empty, intentionally tell yourself to see the glass half full. If you tend to think the worst when a problem arises, intentionally decide you are not going to do that, and try to think of the best case potential scenario instead. Making this practice a habit helps foster an amazing transformation in your brain and thought patterns.
  6. Invite God to be a part of your day, your life and your mind makeover transformation. When we ask for His intervention in our hearts and minds, we open the door for Him to begin a work in us that we could never accomplish on our own. Through His strength and perseverance, we can overcome the pull towards negative thinking and retrain our minds to think optimistic, instead of pessimistic. After a few weeks of implementing practical thought control and intentional efforts to be positive, new habits will form that are good for us and our lives!

If you want to be a more positive person and live a more positive life, consider trying to do each of these every single day. Think positive, be positive, live positive.  It’s a lifestyle that’s possible for everyone which always ushers in more peace, more joy, and more happiness!

If you order at least one copy of Tracie’s book by the end of the day April 29th, she has $60.00 worth of freebies for you!! 

 

Tracie’s Giveaway:

Share with us one way you will try to live more positively TODAY! We will randomly choose one name from the comments to win a copy of Tracie’s new book. I’ll announce the winner in my next post.

Winner of “Living So That” is ….

Jennie who posted on 4/21 at 7:20 pm. Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and mailing address.

Blessings,

Comments

  1. I will be more positive in my thought process. I will also be a more radiant person and show God’s light in my life which draws others to you. This is helpful in witnessing to others.

  2. Gail R Carlisle says:

    Quit watching who is and isn’t on f/b and who might be talking about me. Very humiliating to put, but I’m sick of being this way! 🙁 I’ve had my book for awhile. I don’t know if I still have the receipt or not!

    • Gail. You are not alone. Thank you for being so honest here. I’m praying the Lord reminds you each day of how precious and beautiful you are in His sight. You are valuable and created with your own gifts and talents to offer this world. I pray for open doors to use them and for people to speak words of blessing and encouragement to you as you step out in faith and take this step.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

      • And, Gail, if you do find your receipt, let us know. I’d love for you to get your free stuff.

        W

        • Gail R Carlisle says:

          Wendy; I did find the receipt! What do I do now? Thank you! I love you! <3 <3

          • Gail R Carlisle says:

            I found it!!!! <3 <3 <3

          • Yay! I’m so glad. I have sent an email to Tracie asking her to give us an answer. One of us will reply back to you. 🙂

          • Gail R Carlisle says:

            Wendy; I’m sorry; One more question that I can’t find the answer to. Is this a study that we’ll participate in like P31? Or do we do this on our own?

            Thank you, ma’am! <3

          • HI Gail – there is not an online study planned through P31 right now, but I may do one in the fall on my blog, traciemiles.com. If you’d like to sign up as a subscriber to my blog you can keep up to date on any studies coming up. You can also purchase a companion study guide and journal to the book on my blog store. Thanks for your interest!

        • I don’t think there is an on-line study planned at this time. So you would do it in on your own. But I would follow Tracie miles or leave a question on her blog to see if she will be having an on-line study with her book. She has done that in the past.

          Wendy

  3. I recently went through challenges and I had purposefully turn to prayer even more. Which led me to think I need to pray more on everything. I am going to read truths and pray on them more.

  4. I need to work on all 6! I will start by not comparing my life with others on social media. I need to be thankful for the blessings I have.

  5. Donna Torrado says:

    Great tips. Thank you!

  6. Wendy and Tracie,
    Thank you for saying YES to the stirrings of your hearts. God is working mightily in and through the two of you! I love these intentional choices to live a positive life… truly oxygen to our souls! As for me, I will pray blessings for those who persecute me. It’s so counterintuitive yet so freeing!
    Big hugs and all my love… xoxo

    • Amen! So hard to do. I love how you compared living this way to be truly “oxygen to our souls.” I agree. I have felt it when I have chosen to live this way at certain times in my life. Thank you for stopping by, sweet friend and or our time on the phone today.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  7. Don’t compare,such great words

  8. All of these are such great words to live by! Thank you!!

  9. I have found that being content with what I have and expressing gratitude is the best way to keep a positive attitude. It is so important to start my day with praise to God and then read His Word to find a verse to reflect on throughout the day. This practice clears my mind to focus on the positive. When circumstances become difficult, I can be more rational and find ways to overcome them. Thank you for this writing as it also gives other ways to be a positive person.

  10. Nancy Elam says:

    Wow… only by God’s grace have I become more positive by trying to view all things thru His eyes… continuing to meditate on His Word by memorizing and hiding it in my heart is the best way to stay positive trusting that His ways r so much higher and better than anything I can plan myself… praying for my faith to b and stay unsinkable!!!

    • Nancy, a gift to see your name here today! You live Tracie’s message so well, especially when you encountered the homeless man at the stoplight and the struggles you have had with your kids. You have been a great example for me. 🙂

      Love you,

      Wendy

  11. Nita Haddad says:

    My faith seems so sinkable now but I am working on gratitude and looking for beauty.

  12. I will look for beauty in unexpected places. 🙂

  13. Mare Hindall says:

    I need to stop over thinking my problems. I played different scenarios in my head, where I should be going to God. He will direct me, guide, give me wisdom and strength.

  14. Jennifer Rolfes says:

    I need to focus on the victories of my day instead of the failures. God gives me so many victories and I fail to even acknowledge them.

  15. Joy Daugherty says:

    I need to make a choice to be positive and not over think my problems. I need to give them to God and leave them ther

  16. Joy Daugherty says:

    Your email didn’t come thru till 3:46 on 4/30. I just ordered the book on Amazon. Anyway I can get the freebies?

  17. I will restart my snail mail card ministry to send people cards that will bring them cheer. I find when I try to bless others, I in return are so blessed!

  18. P.S. I tried to edit and say I in return AM so blessed! 🙂

  19. Kathleen says:

    Be more faithful and intentional in expressing gratitude. I began the year that way but have slipped somewhat. Life is so HARD, filled with such grief, and days are so busy and slide by so quickly that finding things for which to be thankful must be very intentional.

  20. Amy Jarosz says:

    I LOVE the tips!! I struggle with joy and positivity ….when I was in college it seemed I was always positive and happy. Real life seems to have sucked it right out of me. But, God wants me to be joyful and to trust in Him. I want my positivity back…I miss that person. Today, I will stop comparing myself and my life to others while thanking God for all He has given me as well as brought me through. I will keep my eyes on Him. As well as my heart and thoughts.

  21. Tanya Tomasovich says:

    I try and continue to try to be more positive each day by praying,in the am, in the pm
    and by singing along with my cd’s in my car- songs of praise.
    Even though my husband is very ill( he has been in the ICU now for 7 months),
    I always seek God’s peace, strength, and discernment. I praise God for another day,
    And I find myself looking at nature, flowers, birds, and animals)especially my fur babies
    at home, who help me deal with all this. Lastly I thank God for the people he puts in my life, so I ca
    learn from them, and help them, and spread the good news. Faith and Hope are the two words that
    sum up my life… It’s all because of Jesus! Thank you Lord.🙏💜

    • Tanya, what a beautiful testimony for all of us. It’s sweet to see all the ways you look for God in the midst of trying times. And how you are intentional about being grateful. May God strengthen you as you continue to walk alongside your husband. And may God’s healing hand reach down and bring healing to your husband’s body and work through all the hands caring for him at the hospital.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  22. Instead of getting frustrated by the stranger who cuts you off pray for him. Instead of impatience at waiter pray for her, instead of anger at all the crime pray for them. And too always have a patient, greatful, happy, loving heart pray for yourself to always be able to glorify the Lord in all you do or say.

  23. I will try to be more positive today by thinking about everything that I have to be grateful for, think positive thoughts, and be more patient and understanding.

  24. DONNA M TORRADO says:

    The day I will think differently. I will see myself as God sees me. I will see others as God sees them.

  25. Susan G. says:

    I’m not going to “Overthink problems”. I think I am doing fairly well on the other “positive thinking” points. And I will always look to God first! He is the One who can transform our very thinking!
    Thanks for these points to think about daily to help us change our thinking to be more positive. With God it should all be positive. 😉
    Thanks for this today Wendy and Tracie!

  26. I need to work on comparing. . . myself to others and a “perfect” standard on everything.

  27. Marla Lewis says:

    I am trying to think more positively by going to the Lord about a problem first instead of trying to solve my problem myself. It takes immediate action for me to go to the Lord first or I will try to “fix it” and yet really just worry about the problem.

  28. Linda Neely says:

    I bought a pretty journal with “Gratitude” embossed on the cover (6 months ago!). I am committing here and now to open it and put pen to page. I often thank God throughout the day for blessings, but I want to write them down for those days I’m challenged to see His blessings & answers to prayer.

    • Linda, I journal too. Such a great way to remember all that God has done for us. And looking back reminds me He is faithful and will be faithful again in hard times!!

      Thank you for sharing.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  29. I am a habitual over thinker, always trying to figure out what is going to happen tomorrow, and in my mind it is never good. I need to live today, and then tomorrow live that today. Stay in the present and not be a future-caster. Thank you Wendy and Tracie for that reminder. Now it is time for me to go live today.

  30. I am definitely trying to live each day with an ‘attitude of gratitude’, regardless of the circumstances!

  31. Comparison is my downfall. Feelings of being different, too this or not enough of that. I am going to work on reminding myself that I am a beloved child of God. Made just the way I am. I’m going to make some 3×5 cards of Bible verses tomorrow to remind me of this. Such good ideas in all six of these! Thank you !

  32. Martha Troxel says:

    I would like to do more of #3-compare less!

  33. Una-Marie Catania says:

    Since I know that I cannot do anything without God, and I have a bad habit of neglecting my prayer life, I am re-committing myself to daily prayer. Each morning I will be inviting God into my life, and I will be asking Him to control my will and to transform my life to do His Will. I think the best way to accomplish this is by arriving at work early, and while sitting at my desk and waiting for my computer to boot up, I will focus on my morning prayer being an invitation of God into my life, especially for that day. In addition, I will ask God to enable me to see Jesus in all the faces that I encounter throughout the day. Also, by praying for the people I meet, even those who frustrate and test
    me, I will be sowing seeds of love rather than planting seeds of disharmony.

    • I just love your prayer to ask God to let you see Jesus in all the faces you encounter. What a wonderful way to be sure you treat everyone with love, no matter how they treat you. Thank you for sharing,

      Wendy

  34. I am going to live more positively today by not comparing myself to anyone else. This is an ongoing challenge and one I intend to conquer. Thank you for the reminders to think, be, and live positive.

  35. April Lopez says:

    I’ve been working on this for a very long time, however, having severe depression makes it extremely difficult. I spend most of my time working to change my mindset-but it’s hard, really hard. The last few days have been really bad so when I start a downward thinking spiral I tell myself to stop the pity party and I change the words in my head. This sounds like something I’d love to read.

  36. Vonnie Kronk says:

    I will be more positive in my thought process.

  37. Erin Young says:

    in the way i speak to my children 🙂

  38. I will be more positive by reading and studying 1 chapter of the bible every day! It has been helping me tremendously!

  39. Rita Nelson says:

    Having lived much of my life where there was a lot of negativity. I try very hard to live a life without negativity. This is a much needed book.

  40. Jem Rener says:

    I want to learn how to be a woman after God’s own heart. I need to spend more time in His word, pray for more Christian women in my life, and most of all I need to try to be more positive, do not let the negativity that surrounds me change me, and stop the comparison game. I definitely need to change the way I’ve been thinking about things.

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