I’m a big believer that both positives and negativity can be contagious. Here’s an example of what I mean…
Say for instance that I’m feeling a bit stressed out or down in the dumps. If I am not careful or aware of what’s going on, suddenly it appears that my entire day begins to take on this feeling.
Certainly good things are happening as well, but I can only focus on the negative aspects (I bet you can identify with this as well, right?). Luckily the same example holds true when we introduce things of a positive nature into our day (or have someone do that for us).
Here’s a quick list for turning negatives into positives.
Keep in mind that positive thinking is very related to trial and error. What might motivate you, might not me and vice versa. The key is to keep looking for what works for you.
1. Tell someone you appreciate them.
This can be done with a simple phone call, letter, or e-mail. For added emphasis use details about what you most appreciate about the person.
2. Read and review lots of inspirational and motivational material.
This does wonders for “fighting off” the negative feelings. I keep a series of tapes in my vehicle and my personal library of books within reaching distance.
3. Post-it notes
I am sure you use post-it notes to leave tasks that need to be done. I have them posted all over my computer monitor. Consider using the post-it notes to leave positive quotes (to yourself or those around you). One advantage is that they stay right in view and don’t get in the way.
Well, there’s a short, but effective list of things to do. I’d love to hear what you do to inspire yourself or those around you.
It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG,
Josh Hinds is an inspirational speaker, and the author of It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG (available at http://ItsYourLifeLiveBig.com). He helps people to Live BIG in life! Learn more about the work he does at http://JoshHinds.com
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