There’s nothing worse than waking up to what you expect to be a perfectly good day that ends up ruined by unexpected and unwanted issues.
What are your thoughts on a positive mindset? Do you think it helps, or do you think it doesn’t stand a chance against life’s undeniable trials and tribulations?
Over the years, I’ve discovered that a positive mindset helped me to stay focused, to concentrate on what matters, (hopefully, some author marketing), and overall to get things done with minimal stress, hassle or worry.
Let me share five simple, yet powerful ways I use to get, and keep a positive mindset to avoid ruining a perfectly good day.
1) Stick with positive thoughts
Whenever, I feel negative, drained, or without energy, it helps to focus on something positive. It can be as simple as enjoying the natural beauty outside my window, looking forward to seeing my grandkids, or a night out with my “honey.” Anything that makes the day seem brighter, and nips the negative moment in the bud.
2) Dump your worst critic
Who’s your worst critic? Believe it or not, it’s the face you scrutinize in the mirror multiple times a day.
I’ve been my worst critic for more years than I’d like to admit. It plagued me to not feel good enough or smart enough. It had an adverse effect on my creativity, and the services I wanted to offer clients. It wasn’t until I freed myself from overly harsh self-criticism that I gained more of the success I craved.
Be kind to yourself even when things don’t go according to plan. Analyze what went wrong, and how to avoid it reoccurring. Examine the positives, even if you don’t immediately recognize them. There are always two sides to every situation. However, we’re more disposed to overlook the good, and focus on the bad. In other words, “stop being your own worst critic!”
3) Ditch the “Mexican crabs”
The Mexican crab has a characteristic that is indigenous to only the Mexican crab. That is, every time a crab reaches up to pull himself out to freedom, it’s the habit of the other crabs to reach up and pull him back into the pot.
Have you ever had people in your life, who are joy and excitement killers? They try to discourage rather than encourage you in your ventures.
When possible, keep your distance from that negative co-worker, or pessimistic, judgmental family member, who could destroy your next great idea. Instead, surround yourself with positive support, the encouraging friend, or confidence-building relative who loves to cheer you on. It makes a world of a difference. Plus, positivity is contagious.
Do you ever have days where everything seems to go wrong? You know those mornings when you wake up to a dreary rainy day. You pour milk into your coffee (or tea) only to find it’s soured overnight. You go to pick up your car at the shop realizing you left your money, and credit cards on the kitchen table. You get a call to fetch your sick child from school. The cat throws up on your living room carpet. All this before you even sit down to begin your real workday.
If you ever experience days like these, be good to yourself. Grab a few quick moments to sit down, close your eyes, and breathe. Focus on the positive, and remind yourself (often) “this too shall pass.”
“Every thought, form, feeling and situation in life is temporary.” – Eckhart Tolle, The New Earth
5) Make positivity a routine
Make it a daily habit to keep a positive mindset, so you can navigate your daily routines with more ease, grace, and calm. Pure and simple, it works to take the stress out of your life, and will help you reach your personal goals.
According to world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, “mindset is a simple idea that makes all the difference.” I highly recommend her book “Mindset.”
There are many more ways and techniques to get into a “positive mindset, but these are my top five go-to favorites.
How about you? What are your favorite techniques? I invite you to leave them in the comments so that we can all benefit.
MMM – Make your mindset meaningful!