Donna’s View on the Power of a Positive Mindset
There are many, many, MANY books written on the act of focusing on a positive mindset. On some level it seems hokey pokey that so many people can write all these books about such a simple concept.
And yet, it is so easy to fall into the negative trap.
To find fault.
It is just way too easy.
To be effective and successful you have to have a positive mindset. Blaming others for your lack of success will never get you ahead. Complaining about the work ahead of you will never get it done. Pointing out faults only stifles creativity and limits cooperation- both things needed to grow personally and as a business.
It is not always easy to have a positive mindset. It is even harder if you are surrounded with negativity. Sometimes the circumstances of your surroundings are not changeable. It is in those circumstances it becomes more important you do not get sucked into the negative vortex. This is when you will work the hardest to find the positive, and then replay that moment in your head, and quiet out the negative. Replay the positive over and over in your head. Do not give time or energy to the negative.
Three questions I find that help in my reaction to events, or my wording in responses are (after some contemplative processing):
- Is it kind?
- Is it true?
- Is it helpful or necessary?
Some simple exercises in creating positivity:
1. Make it a weekly habit to compliment one stranger. Notice a nice outfit, a nice hairdo, or hold the door. It’s just one small gesture and see how it changes them – and how it puts a smile on their face.
2. Make it a daily habit to say something positive to yourself in the mirror. A genuine thing that you are happy or proud about. Out loud so your brain can hear it.
Keeping it real- nope, you won’t change the world overnight. Honestly, you probably won’t change the world. But you CAN change YOUR world. Changing your perspective will change your view. And with a positive outlook maybe you CAN change the world of someone else.
Wishing you continued success!