“I am relentlessly positive”
– Jacinda Ardern – Leader of the Labour Party
Hi everyone and welcome to another Monday Motivator. We have just gone through an election here in NZ and I thought this quote could be quite appropriate – both for the people who are disappointed that their party didn’t get through and for those who are relentlessly worried about NZ’s future!
The thing is that changes in governments, changes in economies, changes in policies will all affect us, but they are all things totally out of our control. Worrying about this won’t achieve anything. What we can control is how we react to the things that are happening, and that’s where I love this quote from the Labour Leader – remaining positive is about the best thing we can do in any given circumstances. I know I bang on about this a lot, but I don’t think I can ever say it enough. Having a positive outlook can actually change the negatives into positives.
I always remember as a child being told the story of chicken licken – who went around telling everyone, the sky is falling down. He spread his little message far and wide and it was contagious. Everyone thought the sky was falling down. I always loved that story and thought how funny it was. I can now see in fact as adults, we can have that tendency to think the worst is going to happen and spread it around, engaging others in our negative views of how bad it could all become. What if instead, we thought the best of what could happen and spread that around us, how different life would then seem.
We create our own reality…..believe it! Do you want a reality that is full of promise and hope and optimism for what life will bring or one filled with despondency and despair, surrounding ourselves with negativity with no hope for our future?
Why not spend this week, thinking as positive as you possibly can. I know, everyone has heaps of dramas and stresses going on, EVERYONE! That’s why it’s important that we cultivate a positive mindset to cope with all the “stuff” that we are faced with. The power of a positive mind can never be underestimated.
If you have a tendency to think the worst of situations, trust me you can turn that around. I was one of those people and I managed to re-train that thinking. It takes the stresses out of your life, you are a happier person to be around and you can’t help but attract more positivity to you. Here are a few suggestions of how to kick-start this positivity habit:
Find the good in all situations. When something happens that makes you worry or feel fearful, look for the gift in the situation. There will always be something for you to learn from it.
Be aware of negative self talk and replace it with positive self talk. Lose the critical, judgemental approach to yourself and practise acknowledging who you are and how far you have come.
Practise empathy and kindness towards others. The more you do this, the better your world becomes, your sense of purpose and fulfillment grows.
Practise gratitude. I know, I keep saying it all the time – that’s because it’s important and it works. It is by far the biggest, best thing you will ever do to cultivate a positive mindset.