A positive mindset
At the end of last year, I decided that my focus for 2018 would be to create and maintain a positive mindset. I felt this would improve my resilience to my work challenges and better equip me to let go of the things that are no longer serving or supporting me.
Throughout my career, I’ve always tried to be positive and upbeat. I found it brought energy to my day, and as a manager, it helped me to motivate and inspire my team. I valued a positive, cheerful and supportive working environment. It enabled us to get over any hurdles and made the day more productive and joyful.
‘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
A glass half-full
Since working freelance, I’ve tried to nurture a positive mindset because I find it supports my creativity and productivity. As a business owner, I don’t want external factors to affect my efficiency or negatively impact my day. I know I will always have challenging days, but I don’t want them to hold me back. So, today I’m sharing the things I’m doing to maintain a positive mindset.
1. Practice gratitude
I think one of the best ways to maintain a positive mindset is to focus on the things I’m grateful for. To do this, I keep a gratitude journal where I jot down the things I valued throughout the day. It helps me to identify and make space for the things that bring me joy.
2. Positivity toolkit
In addition to this, I’ve created a range of resources to support me. These include uplifting playlists, guided meditations and inspiring podcasts, YouTube channels and TED talks. They make up my positivity toolkit which can soothe and support me on the more challenging days.
3. Positive reflection
I try my best to view all challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. Often I need some time and space between me and the challenge before this can happen but, I’ve come to realise that, if I can’t change what happens I can change how I respond to it. This simple idea gives me back my power when things go wrong.
4. Letting go
At the end of last year, I was consuming a lot of online content. I felt it was hampering my natural thought process and creativity. To address this, I considered what I wanted my online experience to look and feel like and the voices I wanted to hear. After a little edit, I began to introduce some new voices and visuals into my online experience, seeking out those who lift and inspire me. It’s made a huge difference!
5. Saving positivity
I also like to save my positivity for a rainy day! To do this, I have saved all the things I’m proud of and put them in a file. I also include the great feedback I’ve received over the years. These kind words and reminders lift me when I stumble. By collecting all the good stuff, I can give myself a boost when I need it the most.
6. And finally
It’s impossible to be positive all the time. I, therefore, welcome and accept the days when none of the above helps and things don’t go to plan. I am human after all!
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