Those who believe they can do something and
those who believe they can’t are both right.
Everyone has those days when you know it’s better to be upbeat and positive, but you’re just having a little trouble reaching that positive and productive state of mind. When you face challenges, and we all do, or feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities, and we all will every now and then, it can be very difficult to maintain a positive attitude.
Here are a few suggestions for ways to improve your mood and experience the inner peace you deserve:
1. Start your day with something positive. Decide each morning that you will start the day headed in the proper direction. Instead of waking up on the wrong side of the bed and setting the stage for a grouchy day, resolve to experience something positive first thing in the morning.
Routines help. Develop a morning routine that you can repeat daily to ease you into your day’s responsibilities. Determine which activities help improve your mood and put you on the path to positive thinking. Find two or three things you can do every morning that will set the stage for a successful day. As these become habits, add on to you routine little by little.
Establishing and keeping a routine will help your body and mind settle in and focus on what you need to accomplish. Instead of rushing around like a fool every morning or forgetting important details, your plan and routine will guide you through a peaceful set of steps that will keep your mind calm and focused and create unstoppable momentum.
2. Get excited about your goals again. If you wake up every morning with little or nothing to look forward to, your mind will likely quickly latch onto negative feelings that can last throughout your day. Give your life focus by setting goals that motivate and excite you. You know what’s next. That’s right… Write those goals down and review them every single day. Every day, make sure that you take some small action that brings you a little closer to attaining your goal.
Set aside a few minutes this week to write down all the reasons why each of your goals is important to you. How will you feel when you reach the goal you have set for yourself? How will your loved ones be affected? How will your quality of life improve?
Spend a few minutes every day reading through your list. A big enough “why” can help see you through almost any obstacles that are in your way.
3. Positive peeps. Surround yourself with positive people. If you want to feel better about your life, start hanging around people that encourage you and bring out the very best in you. Spend more time with people that make you feel good about yourself and increasingly less time with those that complain about everything or seem intent or dragging you down.
Every cloud has a silver lining and it is easier to find that silver lining when you hang with people that can help you to see it.
4. Life happens. Remember that bad days do happen. When you have a bad day, don’t beat yourself up or dwell on it or wallow around in self-pity. Remember that tomorrow is a brand new day with exciting possibilities and challenges. Your next victory is right around the corner if you resolve to start with your new day with a fresh perspective.
These suggestions will only help if you actually put them into practice. Pick one or two of them and decide that your own happiness is worth small changes that you can make in your life that will lead to a big payoff. Begin to experience the happiness you deserve by taking positive steps today that will lead to a bright future.