Staying positive can be difficult. In fact, simply watching the evening news can set back your smile for weeks. So how do some people manage to stay so happy all of the time?
#1 Practice – Staying positive, initially, is a process of being aware of your negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones. It can be hard work and can take weeks, even months, but the payoff is worth it. You can rewire your brain to think positively.
For example, last week I was kicking myself for seeing an opportunity to make more money that was right in front of me. It was consuming me to the point where I was frozen. I couldn’t get my work done. So I ditched the pity party and focused on the positive: I FOUND A NEW WAY TO MAKE MORE MONEY! Woohoo! Then set forth a plan to ‘make it so.’
#2 Surroundings – Make sure the people and things around you are supporting your smile. If they’re negative, or cause you to feel and think negatively, they’re not doing you any favors.
#3 Gratitude – Regularly acknowledging the blessings you have practically ensures you embrace your inner smile. Regularly give thanks for what you have, the people in your life, and the simple things that make you smile.
I actually (thanks to a special journal from Sandra Martini, and a wonderful bracelet from Shawn Driscoll) take time every day to acknowledge what I am grateful for. Sometimes, it’s as simply as getting through the day. Other times, it’s more detailed, such as being grateful that my husband is a great sounding board for the video series I am working on.
Finally, do things you love to do. If your days are spent toiling on unsatisfying and unenjoyable tasks, it’s no wonder your inner smile has vanished. Find something you love and do it every day.
Finding joy, passion and staying positive is the single most important element of an entrepreneurial mindset.