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How To Be More Positive In 8 Easy Steps

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How To Be More Positive In 8 Easy Steps

Would you like to be a more positive person? Do you sometimes struggle to see the bright side of life? Being a positive person comes almost naturally to some people while the rest of us have to make a conscious effort to improve this wonderful trait.

By choosing to be a more positive person, you will change how you see the world and it will also help you to become the person that you wish to be. Try the following 8 easy steps below to help you be more positive and start to see how wonderful life really is.

1. Use a Journal

If you are not using a journal every morning, I highly recommend that you start this powerful positive habit. Writing your thoughts, ideas, goals, troubles and achievements down on paper is a great way to start each day. Rather than a million things flying around inside of your head at once, using a journal allows you to put it down on black and white and celebrate your achievements and also take action on what might be troubling you.

2. Set Exciting Goals

Have a list of exciting short, medium and long-term goals written in your journal that you can read every day. Make the positive habit to read your goals first thing every morning instead of reading the never-ending negative news from news channels that bombard us each day. Your goals should both excite you and inspire you to take action every day to achieve them. Once you start achieving your goals you will feel more positive about yourself and more inspired to reach your next goal.

3. Meditate

A few minutes of meditation every morning is a great way to clear your head from all the noise of the world around you. In the past I have found meditating quite difficult. It was not until recently when I started using a Tibetan singing bowl that I was able to totally relax, focus on my breathing and clear my head of a million thoughts. If you find it difficult to meditate, you can perhaps use a guided meditation to help you relax. You can find many guided meditations on YouTube or on the wonderful free smartphone App ‘Insight Timer’. Meditation is not only a positive daily habit, it is also great for your mental state; studies have proven that meditation can help to reduce depression symptoms and anxiety.

4. Show More Gratitude

We have so much to be thankful and grateful for. The roof over our heads, the food on our table, our heath, our family, our friends and so much more. I use the Five Minute Journal every morning to remind me to write down three things that I am grateful for each day. Showing gratitude and appreciating life and the world around us is a wonderful way to start feeling more positive and indeed blessed. It is also helpful to be grateful for the little things in life so that you will learn not to take the great things in your life for granted.

5. Say Positive Affirmations

I like to say two or three positive affirmations as a part of my morning ritual. Saying a few affirmations every morning is a powerful way to positively reprogram your brain. I totally believe that some of the most important conversations that we can have are the ones we have with our self. Pick two or three affirmations that totally resonate with you and say them out loud in front of the mirror in the morning. It might seem a bit unusual at first, but trust me, it is a wonderful way to start your day.

6. Be More Optimistic

Are you generally a positive person? Are you the glass is half full or half empty type? Having a more positive outlook on life is a wonderful trait to possess. Sure, there are times when life will throw some curve balls at you and really test you to feel positive about life. Make a conscious effort to banish your inner cynic and instead trade it for a more positive upbeat attitude, it will change the way that you see the world around you. Being more optimistic will also change how you will look to other people around you.

How To Be More Positive In 8 Easy Steps

7. Get More Active

When you start exercising you release serotonin in the brain, which is a wonderful way of boosting your mood. Also, when you start to exercise you will start to feel better about yourself. Coupled with a balanced diet you, will have more energy than ever before. When you start feeling and looking better you will start feeling more positive about yourself. Try exercising a few times a week. If you struggle to exercise, perhaps try something different, Yoga and Pilates are wonderful ways to improve how you look and feel and are easy on the joints.

8. Surround Yourself With Positive People

“You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with” – Jim Rohn

Once you surround yourself with positive people, their attitude and outlook on life will be infectious. Try to avoid or limit the amount of time that you spend with negative/toxic people, as these people will drain you of energy and they can leave you feeling tired and exhausted. By becoming a more positive person yourself, you will find yourself being attracted by other positive people. Avoid the gossips in the office and instead seek out others who want to help and see other people do well. Maybe it is time to take a look at the people that are around you and spend more time with people who will have a positive influence on your life.

I hope that you make the positive decision to incorporate as many of the above tips as possible into your life. Once you make the choice and take action to become a more positive person, it wont be long before you will start feeling better about yourself and the world around you.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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