5 Proven Ways to Stay Positive During Challenging Times
By Cecily MacArthur, CPCC
We all agree that we are living in challenging times. It is easy to get caught up in anegative spiral of “awfulizing” and “catastrophizing.” Here are five ways for you tobring a more positive focus into your life and keep moving forward toward yourgoals and dreams:
1.Shut down the negative self-talk
Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvestinggolden delicious
We all have that ugly, little ‘gremlin’ that sits on our shoulder and whispers inour ear “You’re not good enough!”, “You’re so stupid!”, “You don’t deserveit!”, and “Who do you think you are?” Sound familiar? The first step inshutting down that negative voice is to notice when and how often you beatyourself up during the day. Once you pay attention, I’m sure you will besurprised at the number of times you say some prettyhorrible things. Wouldyou allow someone else said these things to you? So why is it OK for you todo it?Once you notice your negative self-talk, you can take steps to shut it down.Stephen Pierce, a highly successful internet marketing entrepreneur, likes totell people to shout out “Stop!” every time you hear the gremlin’s voice.Other techniques involve using the words “cancel” or “delete.” My personalfavorite is to imagine a blackboard with the words written in caulk, and thenvisualizing an eraser wiping the board clean. You get the idea. Once you getthe hang of it, you can start replacing those negative thoughts with positiveones, such as “I can do it!”, “I have what it takes!”, “I deserve it all!.”
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
We’ve all heard of “counting you blessings,” but sometimes we lose sight of what we have in our life when we focus on what we don’t have. Gratitude isextremely powerful. When we are truly grateful, we open our hearts. Thisradiates positive energy from inside of us outward. In this state, it isimpossible to experience negative energyat the same time.Consider starting a daily practice of gratitude. Oprah recommends a dailygratitude journal, where you write down everything you are grateful for eachday. You may want to just list in your mind what you are grateful for, or makeit part of your daily prayers. Whatever practice works for you. Remember to