A positive outlook and mindset
At the end of last year, I decided my overarching focus for 2018 would be to foster a positive outlook and mindset. I felt this would improve my resilience to my life and work challenges and better equip me to let go of the things that are no longer serving or supporting me.
Maintaining a positive mindset is how I’ve always preferred to work. It has brought energy to my day and as a manager, it helped me to motivate and inspire my team. I enjoyed creating a positive, cheerful and supportive working environment because it made the day all the more productive and joyful!
Good vibes only!
Since working freelance, I’ve become even more aware of how I’m feeling and the impact this can have on my productivity and creativity. As a business owner, I don’t want external factors to affect my efficiency or have an impact on my day.
At this point, I’d like to add that as human beings we can’t possibly feel positive all the time. It’s valuable to experience a whole range of emotions and embrace how we feel. My primary goal in maintaining and boosting my positivity is to support my freelance work, which ultimately has an impact on my life.
‘Look for the pluses in life. Being negative completely erodes everything. If something bad happens, I always say cancel and continue and get back on track. There’s no good being negative, I don’t believe in negativity.’ – Dame Judi Dench
Today I’m sharing what I currently do to maintain a positive outlook and mindset. As with everything I post here, please feel free to explore the ideas that resonate and leave the rest behind.
1. Do positive and uplifting things
One of the best ways to nurture positivity is to focus on the things we’re grateful for. To do this I keep a gratitude journal where I jot down the things I value – from a cuppa with a friend to a beautiful morning walk.
In addition to this, I’ve also created a whole range of resources to help me feel positive and empowered. These include uplifting playlists, guided meditations and inspiring podcasts and TED talks. They make up my positivity toolkit which can soothe and support me on the more challenging days.
2. Be mindfully positive
During the working day, I remain mindful of how I’m feeling and if I notice any unhelpful thoughts, I do my best to identify the trigger. I try to be open, curious, honest and most of all non-judgemental to how I’m feeling.
Following this, I let go of the thought. To do this I acknowledge it and gently move my focus to my breath, or I try to replace the thought with something I’m grateful for or happy about.
If I still feel stuck, I change what I’m doing to divert my attention. This usually involves making a cup of tea, getting outside, doing a few stretches or watching something amusing and uplifting on YouTube. I find laughter is the greatest weapon against negativity!
3. Reflect on events with a positive light
When things go wrong, I tend to feel out of control. This can have an impact on how I feel. Through personal reflection, I began to realise that it wasn’t always the situation that was affecting me but more how I was internalising it.
With this in mind, I decided to turn around how I was viewing life’s challenges. I began to view them as valuable life lessons to help me learn and grow. I’ll admit this isn’t easy, but if we can’t change what happens in life, we can change how we respond to it.
4. Let go of the things that are no longer serving me
At the end of last year, I was consuming a lot of online content. It was hampering my natural thought process and creativity. To address this, I considered what I wanted my online experience to feel like and what voices I wanted to hear. I think it’s valuable to curate what we’re consuming so we don’t get bogged down with all the online noise.
After a little edit, I began to introduce some new voices and visuals into my online experience, seeking out those who inspire me to push forward and show up as the best version of myself. It’s made a huge difference and in addition to this, I’ve downloaded the Moment app (an app to monitor phone use) to ensure I’m keeping my daily screen time to a minimum.
5. Save my positivity for a rainy day
And finally, I save my positivity for a rainy day. To do this I save all the things I’m proud of in a desktop file. These kind words and happy reminders lift me when I stumble. After all, it’s easy to focus on that one negative remark or worry, so by collecting together all the good stuff I can give myself a boost when I need it the most.
Thank you, as always, for stopping by. I hope you have a positive and inspiring day!