Having a positive mindset is not only good for your mental health, but it also keeps your personality intact and prevents you from becoming someone you don’t recognize.
Maintain Your Personality with a Positive Mindset
A positive mindset is seeing the good in your life irrespective of current circumstances; focusing on optimism, rather than pessimism. Personality is the set of emotional qualities and behavioral patterns that sets you apart from other people. It’s what defines your uniqueness, and ensures that no two people are the same.
Your mindset often determines the kind of personality you have. A person can not be more than the thoughts that dominate his mind. What you have on the inside is what you’ll bring out on the outside, and what will ultimately define people’s opinion of you. To this end, you have to consciously work on maintaining a positive mindset in order not to lose your personality.
Keeping a Positive Mindset
Having and maintaining a positive mindset is not a hard task; all it takes is an intense mental capacity and the determination to push through every wall of pessimism standing in your way. The benefits of a positive mindset are long-lasting, and it applies to your physical and mental wellbeing. Thus, even when negative thoughts are trying to push through, you stand your ground and go over them.
To this end, you can keep a positive mindset, and in the process, maintain your personality by:
Filtering the Information You Receive
People receive different forms of information every day. With so many channels of decimating information, the mind gets bombarded with both what it needs, and what it does not. There’s more bad news than good in the world, so chances are, you hear more negative things than positive.
With this in mind, you have to filter the information that comes to you continually. Take what you need, what feeds positivism, and do away with the negative and pessimistic contents. Always remember that your mind is not a dumping ground, so don’t let it become one.
Frequently Check the Information in Your Memory Bank
One thing is to filter the information you allow into your mind; another is to check what you retained. Sometimes, even the best filters have some foreign bodies escape, and negative information that gives birth to pessimism is an external body. Therefore, you have to check yourself for harmful data regularly, and when you find any, take it out immediately.
If you’re wondering how to know negative information, it’s straightforward. Any thought that arises, and doesn’t fill you with good vibes, joy, and hope for tomorrow, is not favorable. If it fills you with a lot of self-doubt, fear, and sadness, then it’s pessimistic, and should not be accommodated.
Note that having a positive mindset always does not mean denying the adverse influences and circumstances of your life, but denying them the power to determine how you act, and from defining your personality.
Befriending People of Like-Minds
Two opposites that can never attract are positive and negative mindsets because when one sees a glass as half-full, another is seeing it as half-empty. Allowing a pessimist into your life means altering your personality and becoming a downer.
Therefore, befriend glass-half-full people like yourself; people who are on the same wavelength as you. Who instead of giving up, and focusing on all the negatives in their lives, are smiling in the face of challenges. They are continually encouraging you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Talking Yourself Up
People are often the total of their words. Under this head, rather than “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are,” it’s “Let me hear your words and I’ll tell you who you are.” A positive mind will always talk up; it faces challenges head-on and talks about the solution and not the problem.
Also, repetition is key in maintaining your personality, and you’re less likely to forget what you have spoken out loud. So, talk your joys, your dreams; speak encouraging and uplifting words. The more you say it, the more it saturates your being and becomes the total of who you are.
Focusing on Your Strengths
There are two kinds of people. Those who focus on their strengths, and those who focus on their weaknesses, and find a way to complain about it. The former speaks to a positive mindset, while the latter exemplifies negativism.
Learn to focus on your strengths. Look away from your weakness and build on what you can do. Not only will it build your confidence and self-esteem, but it will also fill you with a lot of positive energy. Note that focusing on your strengths also means looking away from other people and avoiding comparisons. Remember that you want to maintain your personality, “So be you, and do you.”
With all we’ve discussed, the ball is now in your court. Remember that all it takes is a choice, and it’s up to you to decide which way the ball goes. You can keep a positive mindset and not lose your personality if you start to practice the tips mentioned above.
By Cheryl Hearts
who is a passionate journalist from Boston, Massachusetts. After completing Master’s degree in Journalism, Cheryl has started her own blog CherylHearts where she is covering topics of great interest to society.