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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Go for it - and try thinking positive

Published 13/12/2012 | 09:21

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WHAT would happen if you decided to be more positive today?

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Think about that statement for a moment. How would your life be different? How would you be different?

Isn't it true that life feels so much better with a positive attitude, yet so many people seem to get stuck in a negativity trap - 'I hate my job, my day was bad, I wish I was better at, why do I fail at everything ... you get the idea? And of course when you get caught up in the negativity loop you tend to only see all that is negative and wrong within your life which of course will result in you feeling even more negative and miserable!

I realise that some of you may be thinking right now it's easier said than done especially with the budget cuts and austerity measures that we are all facing into. However, that aside, my question to you is this - What if you decided today to go for it, to fully immerse yourself into feeling positive about some aspects of your life.

To let go of all that overgrown negativity and just go for it today - be more positive!? I challenge you right now to get out a notepad and pen and write down an action item list of what is it you will need to do, to think and to say in order to be more positive? You may find this difficult initially, particularly if you are caught up in the negativity trap.

Here are some ideas to help get you started.

Challenge yourself. Negative people are certain that their future will be bleak and so remain in a helpless mode of functioning. Positive people do the opposite - they create their future by challenging themselves to do different things rather than stagnate. Challenging yourself does not have to be a big deal you can start by doing a cookery course, learning a new language etc. Start with activities that are manageable to build fun and confidence and then get more daring!

Stop judging yourself. Get out of the habit of comparing yourself to others. There will always be someone greater and lesser than you. Accept yourself for all that you are and learn how to use your strengths to their full potential.

Focus on what you want not on what you don't want. A very common habit for many is to focus on what you don't want rather than on what it is that you do want. A natural Law of the Universe is this ' What you focus on grows, what you think about expands and what you dwell on determines your destiny. Are you dwelling on having a lack of finance or social life? Then you will get more of what you think. Focus on what it is that you want and bring your whole brain into the plan by visualization.

Remember being Positive or Negative are only habits of thought that can determine your outcomes in life. And remember the only person you can really be better than, is the person you were yesterday.

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