I needed this reminder this morning. Hope it can help someone else too! Have a great week everyone!
I have learned over the years that perception plays a major part in our relationships with others and ourselves. It plays an intricate role in our careers, the flow of money into our lives, and our enjoyment of our lives. Maintaining a positive attitude is crucial to the colors we paint the perceptions of our lives.
Have you ever had a goal or dream that moved you so much you could hardly sleep at night? We start out so excited and motivated by our great idea. But, we allow ourselves to begin to focus on the negative aspects of them. Before long, we have relegated our exciting idea to the should have, could have and would have part of our brain. At that point, our idea is officially dead.
If we don’t cultivate our positive attitudes about our idea, we will begin the process of talking ourselves out of it. We start out with little things, such as doubt that we can even accomplish it.
For instance, when we charge into the world of being an entrepreneur starting our own business, we can start some stinking thinking, such as, it takes too long to make money doing this. There isn’t a quick money fix like there is when we start a traditional job. Sometimes, we even slide into flawed thinking of telling ourselves that people like us just don’t make it big!
Here are a few pointers on how to keep ourselves positive so we can reap the rewards of success in our lives:
BE KIND AND ENCOURAGING TO OURSELVES – Instead of picking out our own faults and hammering ourselves about them, choose to focus on our attributes. Think kindly of ourselves. I believe that we are harder on ourselves than on anyone else. We should be as kind to ourselves as we are to our partners, friends, or even our pets. Words of encouragement to ourselves is very beneficial for all our endeavors. If we learn to love ourselves more and are kinder to ourselves we can accomplish unbelievable things.
PLUG INTO DAILY MOTIVATION – The average person drives 12,000 to 25,000 miles per year, which works out to 500 to 1,000 hours per year. we can plug in a motivational CD into our car every time we get behind the wheel. Think how much more motivated and positive we would be! We could be rolling around in our classroom on wheels. Learning new things while we keep our positive attitude going.
KEEP LEARNING OUR CRAFT – Knowing more keeps us feeling better about what we are doing. We can attend seminars and online training sessions in our field of endeavor. Learn from the experts. Write to those experts; ask questions, read their books and articles. Listen to people with proven track records in the areas we are striving to succeed.
HANG OUT WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE – Did you realize that your income will be the average of the 4-5 people you associate with on a regular basis? Instead of hanging out with the negative complainers and gossipers, we could choose to hang out with the people that are succeeding and are practicing success habits.
CLARITY AND VISUALIZATION – Clearly defined goals are a must. We have to have a clear mental picture of what we want our lives to look like. It is difficult to achieve something if we don’t know what it is or what it will look like when it is achieved.
The best time to reach our subconscious minds is to implant our visualized images of our goals first thing in the morning before getting out of bed. Or, right before falling asleep at night. Our subconscious minds are more open to programming at those times. The subconscious mind is activated by affirmations and pictures we feed it in the present tense.
Picture in your mind the situations working out the way you want. See yourself succeeding. Some people use vision boards or journals as a good visualization tool. I know people who keep their vision boards on the ceiling in their bedrooms so they can feast their eyes on the dreams when they first open their eyes! I keep ours on the bathroom wall across from the toilet. Be creative!
Keep in mind, all our dreams and goals are unique to each of us. It is up to each of us to keep striving for them. After all, when it is all said and done, it is about our own individual successes. No one can make it happen for us. We should keep feeding our own personal positive attitude muscle. Like all muscles, they only get strong when we keep using them. Let’s get out there and exercise them!
Nan has been studying self improvement for over 20 years. She has been involved with two start up companies, from ground zero to profitability. Responsible for hiring and training their sales forces, and ongoing development of sales strategies as the businesses matured. Nan is the author of the popular 7 Day Goal Setting Course, http://www.goalsettingsecrets4u.com. For more articles read Nan’s blog: http://www.selfimprovementinformation.com.