July 21, 2016
UPDATED Aug. 12, 2019: In July of 2016, I posted a blog about staying positive that include part of an audio I produced called, “5 Ways to Stay Positive.” This is a topic that could and should be thought about on a daily basis. I’d like to write a little bit more on this subject, and hope that you will read this update and revisit the old content you can find below.
Thanks for your attention and I would love for you to leave a comment and share this with one more person. You might be surprised by the impact it can have on somebody else who needs to hear it now.
When you wake up on Monday, do you get out of bed feeling the same way as you do on a Friday? If the answer is no, then it might be time to think about what you are doing in your career.
When you reach a point where Monday you jump out of bed the same way you on Friday, then I think you are going to win!
Maybe the problem isn’t your job, but you need an attitude adjustment? If you allow dread, gloom and doom to fill your head, then being positive is quite the chore. However, if you fill your mind with positive, encouraging thoughts, then you can find the good in the challenges, or opportunities, that you find in front of you on a weekly and daily basis.
But, it’s so hard, right? There’s a ton of negative noise in the world, so you have to be willing to block out the bad and focus on finding and seeking out the good stuff.
Here are a couple of ideas that will help you do that on Monday morning when you wake up.
DO NOT turn on the news when you wake up!!! Please, please, please don’t do that … it’s going to be ugly and you will start your week off on a bad note. Instead, start by looking at what you should have already written out as your goals for the week. Find your written-out goals and decide what needs to be the first step. Do this before you even get showered up, so you can think about that while you are getting ready!
Listen to a positive voice while you are getting ready. There’s too many great podcasts out there that can help your mindset. You should listen to at least one great podcast each morning. File away one great piece of info you hear and try to use it that day. Share that nugget with at least one other person who you think can benefit from it. This is simple … and it works!
Praise a person in your life as quickly as possible. Your encouragement might be exactly what they need to hear at the very moment that you tell them. This could be verbal, via email or text, etc. Don’t lose the chance to let somebody know you appreciate them and what they do. It will help them start the week off on a good note and you will feel better too!!!
Don’t get bogged down just reading email when you start your day. You can send some emails, but don’t get stuck in email mode.
If you have time, hit the gym or take a walk to get your mind right before you have to “suit up” for work. You need your mind and body to be heading in the right direction. There’s nothing better than starting the week off with a little exercise to get the blood flowing.
Be positive! Think about how you can be better. Make the commitment to get better. Start doing things that will make you better!!!
The following is from a track on Andy’s new audio CD titled “5 Ways to Stay Positive” that can be purchased in The Alliance store.
Are you positive? I encourage you to be a seed of positivity. A seed is little bitty. Pretend you are little bitty. The smallest seed that keeps growing eventually becomes big!
A seed is perfectly capable of growing. All that seed needs is the right environment. It needs soil, water and sun. That’s all it needs.
Do you have the right environment to be that little seed that grows big? Are you listening to the right audio? Are you around the right people? Are you reading the right books? Are you putting the right stuff in your life?
Are you working to increase your capacity to grow? You can help improve your chances for success by making sure you are in the right environment to grow.
Be a seed and grow! Most people “see” why they can’t grow. A seed starts growing now and figures out how to get to the top. Start growing … bloom where you are. Don’t wait for the right opportunity to come along. Don’t wait. Too many people want to be picked up and placed exactly where they need to be. Don’t do that.
Start growing like a seed. Most think they can’t do something instead of thinking they can. Do it in as many areas as possible. Say “I Can” not “I Can’t.” Start saying, I can and I am going to find out how I can grow more. You have to say “I can” and ask yourself, “How can I do more?”
Stop focusing on what you are doing right and work on improving in areas where you are not doing so hot. If you think you are doing everything right, then it is going to be hard to help you grow. Stop thinking that you have it all figured out and work on getting better.
A seed is resilient. They can bounce back from more than people realize. When something bad happens, you need to get up as fast as possible. Don’t wallow and waste away when you face an obstacle or challenge. Get up and move on.
Think of ways you can do things better in your life. Keep asking and learning about things. That will help you improve. Keep asking how you can change, how you can do more and how you can improve.
These questions will help you improve your life:
What can I do better?
How can I change?
What am I not doing that I should be doing?
How can I make things better?
Keep asking yourself those questions and keep working on improving and learning.