Easier said than done at times. Am I right? There are those of us who wake up in the best mood. A little toothpaste on the blouse doesn’t ruffle their feathers or leave them thinking, “It’s gonna be one of those days.” For myself, positive thinking on a regular basis requires a conscious effort. I subscribe to the notion that positive thinking manifests a positive outcome. There have been far too many instances in my life that when i applied that thought process, it most definitely produced the positive result.
As a sales person, I would tend to be hard on myself on my light commission weeks. What I failed to notice was that, although it was apparent that my attitude was less than sparkling, I was allowing it to spill on to every area of my life. For example, I didn’t make as much in commission, therefore I’m not able to help my family financially this week, therefore Allie can’t join the dance class she loves so much, which makes me a feel like a crappy Smom (step mom); and “Who the heck drank the last of my peppermint mocha creamer?!!” I know, pretty intense, but did I mention that I had woke up late that day, hit every red light and broke my heel entering the building? Well, I’m not so sure if it all went down just like that, but I had many of mornings that felt that overwhelmed. I allowed myself to sabotage the remainder of the day due to negative thinking.
My then employer leaned over my cubicle wall and slipped me the following message: (Thanks Dana!)
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”
-Charles R. Swindoll
I didn’t appreciate it the minute I read it ’cause I was at the “I’m angry and would like to stay here awhile” stage, but the next morning I reread it and and I continued to do so everyday I came to work. It made all the difference in how I would approach the day. After all, life can be difficult without me adding to it with all kinds of negative thinking. Approaching the day with those words in mind helps me stay focused on the positive. How do you conquer negative thinking?