Over the past few weeks while I was visiting family and friends in the USA, I noticed that many of the people I encountered were not living a Positive Lifestyle. What do I mean by Not Living a Positive Lifestyle? In our fast-paced, competitive culture, we tend to notice and worry about what’s lacking in our lives. Because of our drive to succeed, we focus on what stands in our way. We tune in to the things we don’t have — material items, body type, status, money, perfect relationships. But when we view our world from this perspective, we set ourselves up to measure our worth by our deficits rather than our successes.
I don't know about you, but I would rather choose to live a Positive Lifestyle. With that being said, let me share with you what I do to Live a Positive Lifestyle, and the benefits I derive from living a positive lifestyle.
1. Living a Positive Lifestyle is a Choice
Several years ago I had a setback. If you have read my book, then you'll know what I am talking about. I was at an all time low - I was 7 figures in the whole and homeless - even though I was working 2 jobs. But one day while I was out for a walk and I met a happy guy living behind a sign in an upscale community. He said that where he lives doesn't make a person happy or unhappy, but it's how you choose to feel about about your life. You can choose to let life get you down, or you can choose to count you blessings and be happy. As we parted, he told me to have a good day, and he shared a smile.
Try doing this exercise. It's easy and it's FREE. It's called smiling. Try smiling. Smile i contagious, and It will make you feel better (see my article on the benefits of smiling). If smiling doesn't make you feel better then it might make the people around you feel better. If it doesn't make the feel better, then at least they will either think you are a happy person... or crazy. My suggestion, give them reasons to think you are happy.
3. Put your Goals in Front of you
What I mean by this is write out what you want to achieve. I do this in several places - sometimes I even write it on the bathroom mirror with a bar of soap. But I will usually write out my daily goals and my longer term goals. I keep them in places where I can see them often so I can review how I'm doing. Sometimes I even rewrite my goals so I can prioritize them. I also add a check box or I cross them out after they are accomplished - this makes me feel better for accomplishing one of my tasks. But if you aren't sure what your goals should be, then let me give you a few that I think are a must & they are FREE:
4. The 3 R's
I'm not talking about reading, writing and arithmetic or what a pirate says. The 3 R's are:
Respect for Others is when you are being a role model for others. Consider yourself a promoter of a positive lifestyle. Promote who you want to be. Keep doing this until it becomes a habit. Then it will become a lifestyle. Remember, this is a choice you want to make.
Responsibility for Your Actions. As you know, you have the freedoms to choose. This doesn't mean that things are FREE. It means you are free to choose the path to success or the path to failure. It also means that you own the results from your choices. Therefore, choose wisely. But if you should happen to make a bad or poor choices, then take immediate steps to correct your poor choices.
5. Count What Counts
At the end of each day, I write down my daily successes. I also write down what I could have done better. Notice that I am not writing down my failures. Instead I am taking note of the positive things. Plus I am working on how I could improve. This way I focus on the positives, and it keeps me in the improving and constructive mode. Personally I feel better helping people, and I think people appreciate being helped too.
If you think my tips for a Positive Lifestyle are helpful, then please share them with others that you care about.
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