This past year has certainly been a challenge for everyone. There has been a lot of division and quite frankly, many people have just been plain rude and mean to others. With this type of climate, it’s easy for someone to fall into the trap of becoming a negative thinker.
Studies have demonstrated that your attitude can impact both your physical and mental health. People who are optimistic have a significantly lower risk dying from several major causes such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and respiratory diseases.
There are proven benefits of positive thinking such as a better quality of life, more energy, fewer colds, lower rates of depression, and longer lifespan.
Now don’t get me wrong, positive thinking won’t make all your problems disappear. However, it will help you approach difficulties in a much more positive and productive way.
So with all the negativity that’s going on in this world, how do we stay positive so we can receive all the benefits that come from being positive?
Keep in mind, challenges and difficulties are all part of life. The key is, when obstacles come our way, to focus on the good things no matter how small they seem. Trust me, you will find them. Get into the habit of doing this. There’s always a silver lining in every cloud.
The best attitude to have always is an attitude of gratitude. Learn to be thankful in all circumstances. Gratitude reduces stress, improves self-esteem and helps you get through difficult times. Begin your day with thanksgiving in your heart. Express your gratitude to those who deserve it and those who have helped you.
Start each morning by writing down things you are truly thankful for. You will find that when you do this, you are improving your attitude and your sense of well-being.
Be careful who you let in your inner circle, attitudes are contagious. Consider the people with whom you’re spending time. A person in a bad mood can bring down a whole room full of people. The good news is that a positive person has the opposite effect on others, they can help lift others up.
When you hang around with positive people, you will find that your self-esteem will grow. You will also find yourself feeling more inspired to reach your goals. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and help you to always be positive.
Make a commitment to also practice positive self-talk. If you find yourself beating yourself up, it’s time to stop doing that. Stop being your own worst critic. The moment any negativities pop up in your head, respond with positive self-talk. Start using phrases like, “Today is going to be a super fantastic day!” or “I may be going through some difficulties but nothing is going to stop me.” Look in that mirror and give yourself an awesome pep talk. Remember, you were designed for greatness.
Keep in mind, this is all a process. It’s okay to get down once in a while, but the important thing is to not stay down. Remember all the incredible benefits you will receive by being optimistic and positive. Life is short and we have a choice. Starting today, choose positivity!
Have a super positive week!
Regional Sales Manager RMS