A positive outlook is a choice you can always make, even if you are having a bad day or going through a hard time.
Train Yourself to Be More Positive in 7 Steps:
1) Start your day in a positive way.
It can be hard to maintain a positive attitude when we wake up for work feeling unrested and start our day by hitting the snooze-button 5 times before getting out of bed at the last minute. Do your best to avoid this. Try getting on a regular schedule that always you a few extra minutes to have a peaceful shower before work, to drink your coffee, and to leave for work feeling good about your outfit choice.
2) Practice self-affirmations.
It may sound silly or can feel awkward at first, but practicing self-affirmations truly sets you in the mindset to have a positive and productive day. I actually learned this practice through a few of Gucci Mane’s tweets. Some of my favorite inspiring tweets of his that I say to myself everyday are:
“Before you leave the house every day declare it: “This is going to be my best year. Things have shifted in my favor. I’m going to a new level”
“I have a purpose #SuperFocused”
“I woke up so I’m winning”
“I will overcome every obstacle I will outlast every adversity Things have shifted in my favor What was made for harm God made my advantage”
3) Look at the glass half-full instead of half-empty.
A huge part of becoming a more positive person, is learning to change the way we think. Focus on the positive in situations instead of the negatives. For example – my boss just yelled at me or had a serious talk about my job performance. Instead of fixating on thoughts such as, “I’m so embarrassed” and “I am failing at my job”, change your thoughts to things like, “I didn’t get fired” and “I am going to learn from this and do better in my career.”
4) Practice gratitude.
When you are starting your day at work, or even if you have the day off, take the time to write down a few things that you are grateful for. This helps to recognize the good things in your life and the things you like about yourself.
5) Smile. Project the energy you wish to receive back.
When you think about it, it is silly to think others are going to be positive to us and uplifting, if we do not project that energy ourselves. Positivity starts with yourself. Try your hardest to smile, be kind, and be conscious of the energy you give out. And in return, you will notice your interactions with others and your experiences will be more positive.
6) Engage in activities that add value to the lives of others.
Make time to pay it forward whenever you can. Even if it’s small things like taking the time out of your day to help a co-worker learn a process they were struggling with, or holding the door open for someone, these are things you can reflect on at the end of the day and be proud of yourself for.
7) Listen to music that makes you feel happy & inspired.
By listening to music that makes you happy, this helps to build a positive mindset for yourself throughout the day. Here are an example of a song you might find to be inspiring and uplifting:
I hope these tips help – I know they have for me!