A positive mindset is important for everyday life. It is a mental and emotional attitude that chooses to focus on the bright side of life, expecting positive results. A positive outlook on life is something that is practiced and mastered over time. We don’t always wake up motivated. In fact there are days when the motivation to do even the simplest of tasks. So how do you stay positive and motivated?
1. Have a routine
Develop daily habits that you stick to no matter how unmotivated you feel. Healthy habits like exercising, reading, taking a walk, meditating and thanksgiving can get you out of a rut and into a routine that enables you to show up for yourself and others. I highly recommend practicing thanksgiving every single day. Giving thanks makes you see the positive things in your life, it helps you shift your mindset from the rut of negativity and complaining to a lifestyle of giving thanks. There are times when you will not feel like doing them, but ignore your feelings and do it anyway. If you wait to feel like taking that walk, you may never develop it into a habit. The key is do it habitually until it becomes automatic for you. So ask yourself the habits you can develop today to improve your life and adopt them.
2. Keep the right company
You are given a lot of pep talks about keeping the right crowd when you’re younger, but the truth is that adult friends have just as much influence in promoting or derailing your success and well-being. The people you surround yourself with will either keep you positive and uplift you or cast you down. The people we choose to hang around affect our confidence, behavior, beliefs, discipline or lack of it, world view, and more. Negativity and lack of confidence in one’s potential is highly contagious, but so is confidence and courage. Observe yourself, notice how you act when you’re in the company of various people. See the ones that have a positive impact on your mindset and those who don’t. Observe also the people closest to you, their behavior, views and everything else that could potentially rub off on you.
3. Watch what you consume
This is not just about physical food but also the data that you take in. This includes what you listen to, the shows you watch, and the places you visit. Make a conscious decision to consume data that motivates you and encourages you to stay positive. Subscribe to podcasts that have positive messages, visit places that uplift you and edit what you consume especially on social media. Unfollow pages that inspire negativity in you and fill your feed with posts from pages that motivate you.
4. Let go of control
At times we get so caught up with our daily lives and chasing achievements that we forget how unpredictable and fickle life is. When you hold on to expectations and plans so tightly, you invite anxiety and negativity especially when things don’t go as you had anticipated they would. It is a recipe for disappointment. Have a plan but don’t hold on to it too tight. Take things one day at a time and allow space for spontaneity. Life is a wild beautiful ride, make up your mind that you’re going to enjoy it!
5. Practice positive self-talk
I once heard this lady say that if you want to know where your life is headed, listen to the words that are coming out of your mouth. The words you speak about yourself and others shape your reality. This is because you believe yourself more than anyone else. So when you say something negative, your mind and body are paying attention. The words we use on ourselves and others have meaning. They are remembered and they make a difference. Practice being more mindful and aware of the words you use when speaking to yourself and others.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
By Wanjiru Muhoro | Writer