I’ve been trying a lot more to maintain a positive attitude which, for a perpetually pessimistic (and occasionally, outright bitchy) person like myself, takes a lot of effort. Like a lot of people, I get stuck in feeling sorry for myself. I want everything to be going wrong so that I have an excuse for when things fall through: “It’s not my fault, everything was going to shit before this anyway.” It’s a way I’ve managed to get through life and, up until recently, I haven’t had many problems with it.
It’s not like I’ve had some major epiphany that I need to change my ways of thinking. More so that I’ve come around to the idea that if I want to make things happen, it’s a twofold process. First, doing the actual things that I need to do to get where I want to be. So I can’t say I’m a blogger if I never write blog posts. If I want cool vlogs to happen, I have to actually go out into the world and vlog. But secondly, I need to have the mindset to persevere when things do go wrong, despite my best efforts. Because there’s always setbacks, even when you’re working your ass off.
I’ve tried incorporating little things into my routine to make this thinking come more naturally to me. It’s still an effort, but slowly I’m hoping it becomes second nature. If you’re needing a little kick in the rear, I hope that these three tips give you a bit of help.
Daily dose of ear wisdom. I subscribed to the Optimal Living Daily podcast, which is a 10ish minute long daily podcast that gives you a little bit of wisdom, inspiration, and self-reflection. I try to listen to it as I’m making breakfast or coming home from my runs to set me up for the day. Even if I don’t think about the message for the rest of the day, I at least took 10 minutes to listen to something important. You can also do a similar thing with TED talks on YouTube if that’s more your speed.
Quotes. Basic as it may be, quotes can do a world of difference. I keep a quote on my letter board (check it out in my last post) and I wrote some inspirational quotes on decorative paper and hung them in my living room to see as I pass through. Find a quote that really sticks with you and make it your mantra. It might feel hokey at first, but put it somewhere you can see it all the time. This way, you don’t even have to think about reflecting on your quote, but rather it will just be a constant reminder.
Do the damn thing.* The best way to live your best life is to actually do it. There is nothing holding you back from doing what you want to do, or at least taking a step in the direction you want to go in. The more you think that you can’t get somewhere, the more you will block yourself from getting there. Your own ambition will be the only engine that gets you going in the morning.
*This is my actual mantra. It works pretty well.