“You can change the world just by changing how you see the world.”
There is power in positivity. I’ve witnessed it: an almost magnetic attraction that draws us in, tempting us to completely disregard our fears and worries. Call me a glass half full, rose-colored glasses kind of gal if you will, I’m not saying that bad things don’t or won’t happen in our lives. Whether it’s the ending of a relationship, a career shift, or not so great news about your health, we all experience disappointments and lows. But a shift in your perspective or reframing of your situation so you can see not just the negatives but the positives, too, can actually help you change your life, both personal and professional, for the better.
The past year of my life has been a transformational process, and one that I’m eternally grateful for. Each time I’ve faced a challenge, I’ve refocused my attention on my end goals and the person I want to be, and the person I want my children to strive to be: The type of person who will change the world.
Want to shift your negative thinking and examine your trials through a positive frame of mind? Consider these five steps:
- Surround Yourself with Positive People: Negative people drain you and literally suck the life force out of you. Limit your interaction with those who can’t pull themselves out of their negative funk, and increase your touch points with those who inspire, uplift, and encourage you. You’ll stay in that positive space more often.
- Seek Your Purpose: Figure out what you are passionate about and seek those opportunities. Sign up for an art class. Join an improv theater group. Find a book club. In your passion lies your purpose. Explore and indulge in them.
- Grow Through It: We’ll all face challenges. How you choose to deal with those challenges will determine if you flourish or wilt. Whether you choose to hire a coach, seek the assistance of a counselor, reach out to a friend for advice, or read a self-help book, find ways to grow and improve.
- Savor the Moments: We live in the age of distractions and slowing down to enjoy the present moment is difficult to do. But worrying about what has happened in the past or might happen in the future won’t help your current situation. Slow down and savor the small moments, whether it is a cup of coffee, reading a book to your child before bedtime, or a peaceful soak in the tub. Be present wherever you are.
- Pay It Forward: Make acts of kindness a way of life rather than random occurrences. Send a card to a friend, buy a stranger a cup of coffee, leave a tip for a waiter infused with love and positivity. When you’re actively paying it forward, you’ll experience a sense that what you’re doing matters and you’re taking small steps to make the world a better place for someone that day.