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Staying Positive

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Success is an inside job”. While a lot of these mantras seem cheesy, they are usually true. There are so many things happening in the world that can bring us down. We need to be informed, but we also need to find ways to pivot into a positive mind-frame. If we allow the negative events in the world, and our life, to infiltrate our minds, we don’t stand a chance at a positive outcome.  Everything will suffer from our personal lives to our businesses.

All we can (and should) really control in our lives, is ourselves. So how do we keep ourselves immune from the gloominess that can leak into our lives? Below are some tips:

*Limit exposure to the news. I’m not suggesting that we turn a blind eye to the world around us. It’s unwise to be uninformed. However, there’s such a thing as too much news. It makes it difficult to be positive. Keeping CNN on at the office all day will have the same effect on your people too. It’s best to get informed in small doses.

*Read more. What you read, is the key here. Not to say you shouldn’t read your favorite thrillers or romance novels, but sprinkle it with intentional books and articles. I enjoy biographies (and Stephen King). Reading about people I admire almost always leaves me inspired. Tap into books and stories that will feed your mind, which will take you closer to your dreams.

*Avoid toxic people. This is difficult at times. Unfortunately, some of the people closest to us aren’t exactly uplifting. They may not have an understanding of your vision. Perhaps they never had the courage to chase a dream or they did and it didn’t work out the way they hoped. Their knee-jerk reaction is to “warn” you so you don’t experience the disappointment they did. Most of them mean well. However, if they are relentless in their “warnings”, you may want to limit your time with them. At the very least, make a pact that you will not discuss business with them.

*Positive affirmations.  I’ll admit that I always had a tough time with this one. It felt silly to me. But, I know very successful people, that use this exercise and swear it works. The idea is to tell yourself what you envision for your future. Speak about it in present tense as if “it’s” already happened. I listened to a tape (yes… a tape) of someone I know that is hugely successful. In her recording, she spoke in the present tense about all of the things she “achieved” though she hadn’t yet. All of those things came to fruition. It was pretty impressive. So, if you can get over feeling silly, give it a try. The key is to play the recording or say the affirmation every day to yourself. The idea is that your brain, the most powerful muscle in the body, starts to believe what you’re telling it.

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”  Dalai Lama

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