From Negative to Positive

Before we even get out of the house in the morning, we are exposed to more negativity than we even realize.

At home, in the news, email, texts, social media, anticipating work and the challenges ahead not to mention how we are feeling that day.

A lot has been written about positive attitudes but they are still elusive in our workaday world.

We are more likely to be haunted by negative thoughts when we allow our brains to act like a sponge soaking up everything around us.

When we choose our thoughts, we are more likely to automatically be more positive.

Are you choosing your thoughts or just soaking up whatever is around you?

To the extent that you can decrease a wandering mind, you will take a step toward the kind of positivity that changes your day, improves relationships and makes for a happy life.

Just one thing – take control of your thoughts and filter out the noise that’s getting to you.

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Self-Doubt

Doubting ourselves is a form of self-destruction that is even worse than someone else’s insults or lack of confidence in us.

Yet, self-doubt is the most common form of sabotage that blocks success.

Changing the way we look at self-doubt is the first step to banishing it from our lives.

If you doubt yourself, how can you expect others to believe in you and your ideas? 

No one ever succeeded by doubting their heart and soul – why join THAT list?

If it’s worth dreaming, it’s worth believing in. 

If it’s worth believing in, it requires a little more self-love. 

To doubt yourself is to assure failure before you even begin.

When others don’t believe, you go first.

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NO and YES

No means no – it’s the best defense for protecting boundaries.

No should probably be used more often.

Yes means I agree and I will do what I have promised.

It’s easy to make a promise based on intent.  The trick is to deliver on the promise which then makes you effective.

The two most effective tools any of us have are the ability to reject or accept – that’s when we discover our hidden power.

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  • In the sales arena, no may mean “not now,” or “I can’t see the value,”or “I’m too busy.” Salesmanship begins when the client says no. What’s the why in the no? What can I do differently.

Breaking Routines

My students always sit in the same seat they become accustomed to sitting in from the first day of class.

I make the same walk to class every day.

Head to the same coffee shop on the way.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Discovery begins when we consciously disrupt our routines – even the ones we like – in the quest for new ones.

How can we expect a more interesting life when we refuse to take a few risks?

Break one routine a day and stimulate the ability to discover new and fascinating things.

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The Best Advice

The best advice is no advice at all.

When someone asks for advice, they just want you to hear them – to listen without judging or making it about you.

And be careful when youseek advice that you are just looking for a friend who will hear you out.

Advice isn’t about wisdom, it’s about the willingness to listen.

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