This is the season to celebrate, but if you find yourself slipping into a more somber mood there are lots of things you can do to bring back the joy. Acknowledge your achievements and your gifts by kicking back and enjoying life. Remember, a positive approach will lighten everyone’s mood.
TIP: Here are some ways to think and behave in a more positive way:
- Check yourself. Take negative thoughts and find a way to put a positive spin on them. So instead of thinking “I’m not going to get any better at this,” think, “I’ll give it another try.” Or instead of, “It’s too complicated,” try “I’ll tackle it from a different angle.”
- Change your reactive words to proactive ones: Replace “I can’t” with “I can” or “I want to.” Instead of, “I can’t do it,” try “I can do it, it’s an opportunity to learn something new.”
- Use short, strong positive statements in the present tense as if you have already obtained your goal. For example, “I am a great public speaker.” This will help reprogram your subconscious mind and increase your sense of self.
- Try visualization to “see” yourself radiate positive self-esteem. Really feel it – and become it. Picture yourself confident and successful in all situations.
- Be grateful. Every night, before going to bed, think of five things for which you are grateful. This will help you turn your focus to the positive and seek opportunities for learning and growth.