Accent The Positive, Eliminate The Negative

“We create our lives a thought at a time. And sometimes, it comes down to changing a thought such as “Why did this happen to me?” into “There is a divine plan and there is a reason for this, and my choice is to create the most positive reaction I can.”

Dee Wallace Stone

It’s well known that positive thinking and positive action attracts positive things. But did you also know that it is not possible to stay motivated and positive all the time.  You must constantly check your thought processes as the barrage of daily activities can make you forget about your dreams and goals from time to time. In other words, if you live a motivated life, you will feel that your life has improved.

Here are some simple ideas to increase your motivation and work toward that improved life you desire:Susan_Karim

1. Seek Out Positive Energy!

Make a concious effort to stay away from all forms of negativity. Avoid cynics, pessimists, whiners and complain kings and queens. They will not support your goals and desires, only drain your energy and stifle your dreams.  Associate with positive and happy people. Their enthusiasm for life is contagious. Positive and optimistic people will uplift your spirits and help you through the challenging times. Motivational CD’s, books and seminars are plentiful.  Find people that truly inspire you and listen to what they have to say or write.

2. Don’t Ever Give Up!

Never, ever give up!  You may stumble a bit, but you will not fail if you keep on trying. Work hard at what you want to achieve and banish negative thoughts from your mind. What’s most important is to have faith in yourself. During difficult times, you will find ways to keep your spirits up and keep moving forward. Remember, if you think positively, you will attract positive results – if you think negatively, you will attract negative results.

3. Reflect On Every Success!

There will be days that will take every ounce of will power to feel motivated and move forward. How can you continue to stay motivated? Reflect on what is happening in your life and what you can gather from it. Reflect on how far you’ve come. Think about some of your past accomplishments that make you feel good. Make a list of all your achievements, both personal and professional, big and small, and see how much you have accomplished. This is concrete evidence that you have made good use of your time and energy.

4. Don’t Wait, Do It Now!

While it’s important to work according to your plan, don’t wait for every detail to be perfect before you make your move.  If you wait for perfection or the absolute perfect moment, you will never get anywhere with your plans. Work within your plan and boldly take that very first step. Frustration can easily set in when you make meticulous plans, never ending lists, and detailed steps, but never take action. YOU must make it happen. The first step is the hardest, but once you take action and repeat the action process again and again, you will be on your way!

5. Take Time To Relax!

It is critical to take time off from your pursuits. In this crazy world we live in, everyone needs to slow down and enjoy some rest and relaxation every now and then. Rest, by itself, is a huge motivator. We are so busy that we often forget to relax and recharge. You have to recharge your “batteries”, refresh your attitude, and renew your commitment to yourself. Without including rest and relaxation in your game plan, you will burn out and your plan will never become a reality. Taking time off from work is essential to your mental, physical, and emotional health.

Incorporate these simple steps into your daily routine and the results will astound you!

Susan Karim

Time Management and Personal Effectiveness Coach

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