Last week I encouraged you to make a list of 10 positive things that occurred in your day prior to going to bed each night in order to focus your pre-sleep mind on happy peaceful thoughts, read Think Positive, Sleep Positive for a review.
That exercise is a great way to prepare your mind for restful sleep and help you wake up the next morning in a positive frame of mind. It is also a terrific exercise for promoting a positive mindset throughout your day. Let’s face it, no matter how good your intentions are to maintain a positive outlook during your day, sometimes things come up that knock you off of your game: unexpected traffic, a difficult client, an argument with your spouse, or even missing your morning coffee. When this happens it is essential that you get back into a positive mindset as quickly as possible to prevent the rest of your day from spiraling downward into frustration, anger, or an inability to think clearly and solve problems.
No matter where you are in your mindset right now, take a few moments to do the following activity:
If you are in a good mood, this exercise can reinforce and stimulate more positive thoughts. If you are feeling irritated, overwhelmed, or stressed it can serve as a reset for your day, getting you back on track to positive thoughts and positive results.
If you have let yourself get too far into the negative thought process it may be difficult to think of anything good that day, but remember you’re not looking for bright shiny miracles, you are simply looking for a few good things. For example:
- You woke up on time
- Traffic was lighter than usual
- You heard your favorite song on the radio
- The barista made your latte perfectly
- A stranger smiled and said, “Good morning”
- A coworker complimented your work on a project
- You had a good idea
Taking a few minutes during your day to list the good things that have happened will reduce your stress levels, spark new ideas, heighten productivity, and help you flow through your day with ease. It is a small investment of time that yields tremendous returns!
Give it a try. I guarantee you will be glad you did.
Until next time, have a happy healthy day!
August 7, 2019 at 2:54 am
Thanks, this is good advice, especially the part about breaking out of a negative mindset as soon as possible. In our modern world with so much self destructive behavior going on, getting out of negative mindsets could be even more important than focusing on positive mindsets.
August 7, 2019 at 3:26 pm
Thank you for your comment. I appreciate the feedback, I am glad,you liked it. You made my 3 Things list today!!!!!