Having been working extensively on my negative mindset for almost a year now, it’s interesting to reflect.
On the one hand, I have come pretty far, and it has paid off greatly in so many different areas of life – I am now a firm believer that mindset really is the biggest piece of any puzzle. I see how much easier life is with a positive outlook and a firm belief in my ability to get through whatever life throws at me.
On the other hand, becoming so aware of mindset heightens my awareness of how negative other people (and this world in general) can sometimes be, and it can be quite a battle not to fall down that rabbit hole.
I am still a work in progress, which is why this is such a battle – as hard as I work, it is sometimes so easy to fall back into old habits!
It is worth the battle though, because truly, shifting my way to a more positive mindset is one of the greatest projects I have ever taken on!
Is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning to hop on social media?
Guilty over here.
But, with how negative social media can be, is that really the best way to start a day? I don’t think it is.
Maybe starting with a positive podcast, or some personal development, or even just sitting in silence and soaking all the possibilities of the day up is a better way to go about it.
Who’s down to try it with me for at least a week?
I applaud the people who study their craft. Who practice, relentlessly, to get better at it. The people who accept they may be GOOD at it but can always be BETTER. The people who LISTEN to valuable advice given to them, and step back, and can ACKNOWLEDGE when they need to do some work.
The people who are done growing, done learning… I can only shake my head. I can’t imagine being someone so arrogant that I couldn’t look beyond where I am to where I could go. I’m so grateful I’m not.
Stay open minded. Stay grounded. Stay hungry for learning. There is truly ALWAYS more to learn, always.
Helen Keller. Thomas Edison. Ludwig van Beethoven. Lou Ferrigno. Juliette Low.
All of these names are well known, because each of these people did AMAZING things. The most amazing of all might be that they all OVERCAME hearing impairments in pursuit of their goals and accomplishments!
I will confess, at a younger age, I thought my own personal hearing loss was a dead end for many things. I didn’t know technology was going to make so many things so much easier, and I didn’t realize that one could still be successful despite the loss of a major sense. The age I lost my hearing is a critical time for self development, and I will confess my sudden hearing loss left me mentally and emotionally crippled for some time.
But that was way back then… this is now!
Someday, I see my OWN name associated with success despite hearing loss. I KNOW I can do anything I want. I know I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I know I will face OBSTACLES, but those are simply my OPPORTUNITIES – to rise, to shine, to overcome… to find a workaround!
I know my hearing loss can’t stop me. If anything, I vow to let it propel me.
Obstacles into opportunities!
Can anyone else relate? I sometimes laugh at THE MOST inappropriate times. Not to be disrespectful, or to make light of anything… it’s just a defense mechanism I have. It’s a laugh-or-cry thing. I’m not a huge fan of it (and it has gotten me some dirty looks, too!), but on the flip side, being able to find humor in all situations is actually a blessing in disguise, to a sense.
Allow yourself to experience humor even in the darkest or most challenging situations. Remind yourself that this situation will probably make for a good story later and try to crack a joke about it. Find the humor, be able to laugh it off and recognize that this too shall pass!
Say you’re laid off — imagine the most absurd way you could spend your last day at the office, or the most ridiculous job you could pursue next—like Penguinologist or Director of Sandbags.
Do you laugh at the “wrong” times too?
Last motivation Monday of this year… good message to send for the new year.
Will YOU start living in 2017 and stop just existing?
“Dance, full out, with no regard to who is watching, unconcerned with impressing or outshining.
Dance brilliantly, dance loudly, and dance as if your life depended on you pouring your entire heart out on the dance floor.”
One of my personal development books included this passage and I love it! While she was specifically referencing a dancer, the concept can be applied to life, too.
Don’t worry about who is watching, what they are doing, or needing to impress or get approval from anyone. Just live. Just dance.
Wednesday food for thought! Change your perspective – instead of bemoaning why life keeps asking you the same question, see if you can’t change your answer! What lessons can you take from it and apply, in order to move forward and advance?
Sometimes, things really are as simply black and white as this. You have to start. You don’t have to be great, or perfect, to start. You just have to be willing to start.
You can’t go anywhere, you can’t finish anything, you can’t grow… you can’t do anything unless you S T A R T.