A few days ago, I asked if anyone had questions they wanted me to answer. You all have given me a lot to think about! If you have a question and haven't asked it yet, simply post a comment at this link.
I had a lot of feelings about this because I've worked hard over the past year or so to cut out negativity. To hear all my feelings on the subject, watch this (long-winded) video. If you want the short version, check out the 4 tips to staying positive below.
- Accept the cards you’re dealt. By simply acknowledging and accepting the situation you’re in, you can better wrap your mind around where you are so you can figure out where to be.
- Accept and own your accomplishments thus far. For whatever reasons – modesty or otherwise – we are so quick to downplay our accomplishments. You have to own each accomplishment throughout the journey, no matter how small (one meal at a time) or large (losing 100 pounds). Remember the quote I posted last week: “Don't compare your life to others – you have no idea what their journey is all about.”
- If you must have negativity, only allow it for a brief moment. It’s okay to have moments where you don’t feel okay, but set a timer if you find yourself with negative thoughts too often. Take 5 minutes to allow yourself to get those feelings out – cry, vent, etc – but as soon as that timer goes off, the thoughts must stop. Dwelling in that pool of negativity will do nothing to help move you forward.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Have you ever noticed that if you’re around people in a bad mood, you get in a bad mood also? When in Rome, do as the Romans do, right? Try to limit your time around negative people and spend more time around those in your life who radiate positivity. It is contagious!