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Exploring Ways to Maintain a Positive Outlook and Mindset

9th March 2018

Exploring How to Maintain a Positive Outlook and Mindset | (photograph of a desk with a keyboard, magazine and plant)

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.

Exploring How to Maintain a Positive Outlook and Mindset | (photograph of a dining room table with a picture and a plant)

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.

Further reading

The benefits of keeping a gratitude journal
How to create strong and positive affirmations
How personal reflection can guide you in life and work

Thank you, as always, for stopping by. I hope you have a positive and inspiring day!

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    Reply Kirsty 9th March 2018 at 8:13 am

    YOU give me so much good advice!!!! Thank you xxxxxx

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 9th March 2018 at 8:20 am

      You’re welcome, Kirsty! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a fabulous Friday! 🙂

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    Reply Lucy 9th March 2018 at 8:20 am

    You’re absolutely right.. that one negative comment is easy to focus on but positivity always saves the day x

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 9th March 2018 at 2:42 pm

      So true, there’s no point in wasting your energy on negativity! I hope you have a lovely weekend, Lucy.

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    Reply Susan 9th March 2018 at 11:14 am

    I’ve always seen you as such a positive person thanks for sharing your tools for keeping this mindset ❤️

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 9th March 2018 at 2:44 pm

      You’re welcome and thanks so much for your kind comment! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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    Reply Amanda 9th March 2018 at 11:20 am

    I love the idea of saving your positivity for a rainy day. That recommendation will come in very useful, I think! x

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 9th March 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks, Amanda. I started doing this when I worked at the University of Oxford, it was good to save up the compliments to read on the stressful days! I hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

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    Reply Lazy Daisy Jones 9th March 2018 at 1:19 pm

    What a wonderful idea to save the positives for a rainy day, its raining here today and I’m struggling to find the positives!
    You are as ever a superb inspiration to me Natasha…

    Ashley x

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 9th March 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you, Ashley. Sending you an abundance of joy and positivity from Oxford! I hope you have a gorgeous weekend. 🙂

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    Reply Jules 11th March 2018 at 9:53 pm


    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 13th March 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you!

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    Reply Kathryn 12th March 2018 at 10:38 am

    Well I’ve always known Judi Dench was awesome and that quote just proves it. Thanks for this little boost of positivity today – I need it on a rainy monday morning! xx

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 13th March 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks, Kat. I hope you have a beautifully positive week! 🙂

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    Reply Juan Sandiego 13th March 2018 at 10:44 pm

    I completely agree with the implications of consuming online content. It can lead to an information overdose. Great tips as usual!

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 17th March 2018 at 4:12 pm

      It sure can! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a great weekend.

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    Reply Sean 21st March 2018 at 6:12 pm

    That’s a great way of looking at life, I really loved reading this article and I totally agree with you on having the good vibes only.

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 21st March 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Reply Tausha 24th April 2018 at 2:57 am

    An awesome way of thinking. I was just talked with my son who is a junior at the university and telling him how what we are feeling can impact our productivity and ability to get things done. Thank you for this! Sharing with him now.

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 8th May 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. That’s so true, how we feel can make such a difference to our productivity.

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    Reply Becks 6th September 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Do positive and uplifting things. Reflect on things with a positive light. These speak to me personally. Right now I am having a hard time with my job and being a student, where I want to work more but my school schedule doesn’t allow. I would really like to find the positives in this but It’s turning out to be really tough to do. Hope I find a positive soon.

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 14th September 2018 at 5:32 pm

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having a hard time with your job and being a student. I wish you all the very best with things moving forward, and I hope you get to where you want to be.

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