I have to admit, one of the most difficult things for me can be staying positive. I am typically a very upbeat person, but every now and then negativity can settle in. One way I have found to counteract this is my reaffirming my beliefs, my mantras if you will. Deep down I know these are true, I feel it in my core, but sometimes life has a way of making me feel overwhelmed.
Society as a whole reflects so much negativity. Turn on the news or spend a few minutes on Facebook and you’ll realize as a people, WE ARE NOT HAPPY! I firmly believe that whatever thoughts you surround yourself with, whether positive or negative, your attitude will eventually reflect it. We might not be able to always choose positive situations or people to be around, but we can change how we talk to ourselves. Stop the negative thought process!
One of my favorite books, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle says it beautifully, to surmize: What may be happening in your life is not your life, but your life situation. It does not have to define you. I remember in my college marketing classes we learned about an “elevator speech”. Wikipedia defines it as “A short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, profession, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition”. The idea is if you happen upon an important person in an elevator, what is your rehearsed pitch to get your point across? “If the conversation inside the elevator in those few seconds is interesting and value adding, the conversation will continue after the elevator ride or end in exchange of business card or a scheduled meeting”.
So I ask, what is your elevator speech to yourself? What thoughts are running through your mind? Are they positive? Is it a “value proposition”? Are you adding value to your well being or is it a stream of negative self-talk?
When you find that you’re having a difficult time being positive STOP. BREATHE. REALIZE THERE IS POWER IN POSITIVITY. You attract what you reflect. Not everyone meditates, but it helps to have a saying or image that will help bring you back to center. Personally, it has helped me to create an Affirmation board on Pinterest. Whatever gets you through, gets you thinking positive, do it. Create a screen saver with the phrase that speaks to you most on your computer at work. Change your cell phone background or tape a picture to your refrigerator. Whatever works for you, do it. Encourage yourself, be nice to yourself, add value to your self-talk. Be happy and you will attract happy.