02/27/2014 07:21 pm ET Updated Apr 29, 2014

How to Turn Wishful Thinking Into Positive Results

March is Optimism Month, and although some of us seem to be born more optimistic than others (I'll admit, I am a Pollyanna), anyone can learn to be more optimistic. While words and thoughts do create positive or negative energy in your life, it's not only the words, but the feeling you have about them and the context in which they are said that's most important. For example, if you say something but don't really mean it or believe it, it holds no weight. Also, if you wish for something you don't have, you are automatically implying you have the opposite of what you wish for in your life. Therefore, your thought process is coming from a negative perspective or sense of lack.

Call it semantics, but a tiny shift in a few words and feelings will cause a shift in your thought pattern and ultimately a shift in the outcome or timing of those thoughts. Instead of wishing for something, you must believe you already have what you desire, and that it's only a matter a time before it materializes. Below are a few examples that may help you shift your words and thoughts to create the life you deserve to have.

"I wish I were rich."
Say this instead: "I have everything I need to be happy, and my abundance increases each day."

"I wish I could find a partner in life."
Say this instead: "I will meet the kind of partner I desire at exactly the right time in my life."

"I wish I had a good job."
Say this instead: "I can easily attract the right job for me."

"I wish people would understand me."
Say this instead: "I am understood by the people that matter most to me."

"I wish I were thinner."
Say this instead: "I am able to lose weight in a safe and healthy manner."

"I wish my children listened to me.
Say this instead: "I am improving my relationship with my children every day."

"I wish I were happier."
Say this instead: "I can find happiness within me, no matter what is happening outside of me."

"I wish I had good health."
Say this instead: "I know my body has the ability to heal and that good health is its natural state."

Another way to add more impact to what you say is to write it down in a journal and read it over every morning. Make sure each time you read it; you really feel in your heart that it has already happened. Create the happiness from the thought within you first, and it will eventually be created outside of you too.