In the last blog I discussed the power of self-talk and using positive versus negative words. In this one, the discussion continues with how to implement that into our lives. Often we hear people talk about the importance of positive thinking and positive speaking and it really makes sense that our thoughts and words have a significant impact on our lives. But how can we put this into practice? What are some practical steps that we can apply to move us toward being more positive? In my last blog I shared the famous quote by Thomas Jefferson that says “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” So while it does require that we make changes, they can be easily added into our day to get us off to a good start toward becoming more positive.
Here are some examples;
Read something positive each day. Make it a habit when you start your day. Read something positive BEFORE you read anything on social media. Even better if it’s before you even get out of bed! It doesn’t have to be something long. There are a lot of email subscriptions, apps, etc. that will send a positive daily message that can be read in a few minutes.
Listen to something positive each day. Use the time you spend getting ready in the morning, eating breakfast time, car time, etc. There are a lot of podcasts, pocketcasts, and other apps that have short, positive, and inspirational messages.
Surround yourself with people who are positive and will encourage you! We are influenced by those around us. If we spend our time with negative people, we will lean toward negativity. Be intentional about spending time with people who are positive, supportive, like-minded… . Students often tell me that “everyone” in their lives is negative, making it virtually impossible to be a positive person. It’s true that negative people can be toxic which makes it all the more important to be intentional about seeking out positive people and sources. The huge keyword here is being INTENTIONAL. It’s not always easy to make these changes, but it can be done with practice and persistence. 😃