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A Positive Approach

Having a tough day? Week? Year?

It’s time to take back control of your life and create some positive change. Everything you do will benefit from a positive approach. Your business will thrive, your relationships will be better, your “you” time will be more fulfilling.

We’re all busy people. There’s no denying that fact. But we’re all human and we all have lives, and in theory we are in control of our lives. It’s time to put that theory into practice and take control!

Taking control will look different for different people, so here we will offer a few suggestions for things we’ve tried, in an attempt to give you a direction that might work for you. If one doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to try something else. The idea is to find something that works for you and stick with it. After all, life is short and we should enjoy it to the fullest, whatever that means for each of us.

Suggestion #1: Make a conscious effort to put a positive spin on everything you think, say and do. You’ll be pleased to see what a difference that will make in business and in life. Always frame things in the positive; always think about the outcome you want. If you have a deadline for a project, envision that project completed successfully before the deadline. Focusing on that outcome will help you to achieve it. If you feel a cold coming on, concentrate on feeling good and staying healthy. You may surprise yourself if you continually tell yourself you feel good and are staying healthy by feeling good and staying healthy! It’s certainly worth a try.

Suggestion #2: Take time off. We’ll say it again: Take. Time. Off. Feeling stressed about being too busy is counterproductive and can lead to inaction, missed cues and more. Not only does your job or your project suffer, your health can suffer too. Taking time for yourself … which can mean anything from a half hour for a walk, to an afternoon for a massage or to read a book, to a week or more away for true rejuvenation … can make a world of difference. You’ll gain new perspective; you’ll become refreshed and be able to put new energy into a project. Your outlook will improve greatly and you’ll be able to concentrate on suggestion #1, putting a positive spin on everything you think, say and do.

Suggestion #3: Talk to someone. Often we get so wrapped up in whatever we’re working on that we can’t see the proverbial forest for the trees. Talking to someone else, and getting a different viewpoint, may be just the thing to help you regain control. Whether it’s a co-worker or a friend or a partner at home or even your dog or cat or bird, verbalizing what’s bothering you or keeping you from moving forward may be all that’s needed to put you back in control.

Suggestion #4: Hug your dog or hold your cat on your lap. Feel their warmth and their unconditional love. Don’t have a dog or cat? Visit a friend who does and “borrow” that love for a while. You’ll most likely find yourself re-energized and ready for what lies ahead. You’ll be back in control of your life. Obviously if you don’t like animals this is not a suggestion you’ll want to try, but for the rest of you, give it a shot! Pleasant surprises may await you!

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