8 Ways to Be More Positive in 2021Jun 06, 2021
How's your positivity? What grade would you give yourself? In this episode, I share 8 ways to be more positive in 2021 and beyond.
What kind of grade would you give your positivity right now? Let's go old school on this; A, B, C, D, or an F? Think about it just for a second. Got it? Alright, so I want you to keep that someplace in your mind. Or you can write it down in your bullet journal or your notebook or your planner, or put it on your phone. Because it's really important, to know where you are right now.
And let's be honest: positivity ebbs and flows. You'll have days when it's really easy to be positive. And you'll have days when negativity is running around rampant and is affecting your mindset. This is going to be a moving target.
But I want you to think about the eight ways I'm going to give you on the show today on how to be more positive, I don't think you can just be positive by being reactive; I really think you need to spend the time focusing on being intentional when it comes to positivity. And I've got eight ideas on how you can be more positive in 2021 and beyond.
Number one: focus on the good things. Let's be honest, if it bleeds, it leads, not only on the news but on social media. Have you looked at a Twitter feed lately? I haven't, because I deleted Twitter a couple of months ago. But things that are negative seem to get the most engagement, I don't care what that thing is. They get the most engagement.
If someone shares something positive or says something like it's a good morning, a good day, a good week, or they celebrated a birthday. We're like, yeah, who cares?
So I want you to intentionally focus on the things that are good. Now, if you are listening to this podcast, you can hear. If you are using an iPhone, a desktop, Spotify, or Pandora, you have intelligence, because you can operate that particular platform or that particular device.
So these are good things. You woke up today. That's a good thing, is it not? You can breathe. That's a good thing. is it not? It's pretty important for sustaining life. I want you to focus on the good things.
As a matter of fact, what I want you to do is start writing these down. I don't want you to just think about them. I don't want you to meditate on them, although you can do that. I want you to get a notebook. I love using the bullet journal, you can use anything you want to use and write down good things, especially when you're not having a good day. I want you to go to your journal. And I want you to write down a couple of things that are good.
I want you to realize that a lot of good is happening in your life.
Way number two to be more positive in 2021: practice gratitude. What do I mean by this? Well maybe if you go to a restaurant, you tip more than you usually do. Maybe you're friendly to the waitstaff we seem to think well, they're just our servers. No, they're human beings. Do you practice gratitude? Do you engage in conversation when you are at the checkout line or you're at the bank? Do you smile at the person do you thank them for what they're doing? Practice gratitude and going along with that.
Number three, is keep a gratitude journal. Again, like I mentioned in point number one about focusing on good things, it's really important that you write them down. Don't just think about how you are a grateful person, write down the things you are grateful for. And here's the thing, don't just focus on the big things. Focus on the tiny things. Like you got the chance to take your dog for a walk or you got to watch your favorite TV program. Keep a gratitude journal.
Number four, open yourself up to humor. Now, when I say open yourself up to humor, I don't mean picking on someone else and laughing about it and making fun of them. I'm not talking about that. I'm just talking about humor in general. I remember once I heard Tony Robbins say the fastest way to change your state from one that is negative to one that is positive is to do a big belly laugh. When's the last time you had a big belly laugh, so hard that snot came out of your nose and you almost peed your pants? Okay. Take up the practice of humor. Self-deprecating is okay but don't use someone else as your target.
Number five: spend time with positive people. In our world, there are those who are negative. And there are those who are positive. And there are some in the middle, you can't understand what they are. But I want you to spend less time with negative people and more with people who are positive. Now, I don't mean just in person. Think about social media. Think about the books you read, think about, you know, who you hang around with, whether it's at church or synagogue or mosque, you know, think about, are they positive, or are they negative? If they're positive, spend more time with them. If they're negative, spend less time with them.
Number six, practice positive self-talk. How many times have you caught yourself saying things like I could never do this. What's the point? I'm a loser. I'm a jerk. I'm stupid. I can't figure it out. No, no, no, no, stop that immediately. What I want you to do is say things that are positive; I am awesome. I am a great person. I am a loving person, I can do it. Even if you can't, say you can do it, self. Practice self-positive talk, it really matters.
Number seven: identify your areas of negativity. You know, those people who are negative, you know, those things you're doing that are negative. Identify them and spend less time with them. Make sense? Pretty simple.
And the eighth way to be more positive in 2021. Start every day on a positive note. you have the most control of your day then. First thing in the morning when you wake up, you have a choice. How are you going to start the day? Are you going to start the day by saying, man, it's morning already? I had to get up to go to work and my alarm is blaring. Or are you going to start the day on your terms, intentionally?
I want you to set yourself up for success for positive success by starting your day on a positive note. Now that may mean reading the Bible, reading the Quran, reading something from Dale Carnegie, or some other inspirational book like Tony Robbins, maybe you go for a run, maybe you go for a walk. Maybe you have breakfast with your family without technology at the start of every day. On a positive note.
These are eight simple ways that you can be more positive in 2021 and beyond just take one idea, implement it, and then come back and implement another one. It's not that hard.
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