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6 Ways to Think More Positively

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6 Ways to Think More Positively

It is easy as an actor to get negative—to only focus on the auditions we didn't book, should have booked, where we feel our careers should be now. However, this type of thinking only hinders our creative spirits and success. When you focus on what is positive and speak kindly to and of yourself, you change how your mind works. 

Thinking negatively and having a consistent and negative internal monologue running in your head is a normal way of thinking, but focusing on positive experiences, images, and creating a positive internal monologue in your mind is an extraordinary way of thinking. And all creative success come from an extraordinary way of thinking. 

The mind is a muscle, and like any other muscle it needs repetitive training in order to get stronger. The more we use certain parts of our minds with what we think about, the stronger they become and the more influence those parts of the brain have. 

Thoughts equal actions. Actions equal behavior. Behavior equals your character. You have to transform those thoughts that have not been helping you and discover new thoughts that will help you. Create a better view of yourself so that you can build and become the person you want to be. Your view of yourself will determine who you end up becoming and the things you end up accomplishing. 

Visualize every day who you want to be and the success you want to create in bright colors and keep that image dead center in your mind’s eye. Focusing on this movie starts to create a better view of yourself and helps you focus on where your thoughts should be and not where you don’t want them to go.

How to rewire your brain and think more positively:

1. See great moments in your life in bright color and visualize them on a huge screen in front of you, almost as if you are watching them in IMAX. They will feed your confidence when you begin to doubt yourself. 
2. See your negative experiences in black and white, and really small and far away, almost as if you have to squint to look at them. This will disassociate them from you. 
3. Have a growth mindset and create a belief that failure doesn’t really exist. Failure is only a learning experience that you learn and grow from. All great performers learn from their mistakes. 
4. Don’t criticize yourself. Instead speak to yourself as a kind coach and tell yourself to take action. Taking a simple action towards something you fear builds your confidence. 
5. Don’t worry about what others might think. Instead focus only on what you want to happen.

And finally, what I feel is most important, is to be grateful for the things you want to accomplish in your life as if they have already happened. If you give thanks to them, they always come in time. But you must believe and give thanks for those dreams. 

“All people dream, but not all equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make them possible.” —T. E. Lawrence 

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Douglas Taurel is an actor-producer and Backstage Expert. For more information, check out Taurel’s full bio!


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