In my most recent email newsletter, I talked about the power a positive mind has to create a positive life. And while it’s true, it’s really a circle – because our external circumstances.
Now, there are some circumstances that are difficult to change, or out of our control. But there are many small things we can do to create a positive environment – setting you up for success in your positive life endeavor!
• Surround yourself with positive people. In many ways you are the company you keep – and nowhere is this truer than when it comes to positivity. I’m sure we all have friends who leave us feeling refreshed and happy after spending an afternoon together … and friends who leave us thinking worse about ourselves, and the world in general after just a few minutes! It can be challenging to cut out the negative people in your life, but it’s also a huge step to creating a positive mind.
• Set the stage for your day. Create a morning ritual that will have you hopping out of bed ready to take on the day – and you’ll see. Physical comforts, like setting up the coffee the night before, and changing from a blaring ring to a more soothing alarm, can help keep negative thoughts at bay. Reciting a mantra, like “I’m grateful to be alive, I’m grateful for this day, I’m grateful for all I can do!” as soon as your feet touch the ground sets your mind on a positive track. And maybe consider reading 15 minutes from a positive, affirming book, rather than turning on the news and absorbing all the negativity of the world first thing in the morning.
• Filter what you take in. Every day we consume thousands of thoughts and words … which can be positive and uplifting, or negative and depressing. Use books, audio, and video to uplift your mind while you’re exercising, commuting, or cleaning. Consider if any of the TV shows you’re watching are having a negative impact on your thoughts. Subscribe to a podcast that inspires you, and listen to music that fills you with joy.
• Surround yourself with reminders. Stick uplifting quotes on your refrigerator; share happy thoughts on your Facebook; use symbols, like a smooth stone, to remind you of all you have to be grateful for. Do all you can to make the world a more positive place!
• Find a partner. Chances are you know at least one person who’s struggling to be more positive in their daily life. For accountability and support, find a friend who can help you reframe your thoughts and choose your words to live more positively.