Becoming a More Positive Person

Reflect and Refresh gives some great insight and tips to changing your mindset to be more positive. The last sentence deals with something I have said before: volunteering will change your mindset.

Reflect & Refresh

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Sometimes life will serve us all with conditions that may seem impossible to think positively about, but this is almost rarely the case.

I know this because within three months of each other, both of my childhood dogs and my music teacher, who was also a close family friend, passed away.

However, in the midst of school resuming, I had no time to devote to truly getting over these things, and depression and anxiety soon dominated my life.

I began to see a therapist because I knew I wasn’t feeling up to par, and she’s taught me how to change my negative thought patterns and to put things into perspective.

We could all stand to be more positive, so here are some tips for doing just that the next time you start to see a little too much of Holden Caulfield in yourself.

#1. Observe.

The first step in becoming a more…

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Mindset is EVERYTHING

This is a new blogger I am following and this post is a homerun!!!! The list exercise at the end is one I have never used but it makes so much sense and helps to train the mind to be more positive. I loved this post!

healthy. hapa. chick.

My boss always talks about the concept of mindset and how in everything you do in life, your mindset about it will affect the outcome. He surrounds all of his employees with positive affirmations and promotes the idea of a can-do attitude. We sometimes laugh (even cringe) at the different things that come up on our daily calendars but as I’ve started to get into coaching and really think about my own life and my own weight loss journey, I am starting to really believe that mindset is EVERYTHING.

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Why I Am So Positive: My Life Ain’t That Bad

I had a question posed to me this week: how are you always so positive considering you have secondary progressive MS?  Well the truth is I don’t live my life in a continuous state of positivity.  I write a blog that focuses on learning how to transform oneself from an under-achiever, non-doer into a personimages (1) of organization, purpose, plan and action; full of desire and ambition.  It takes a lot of work to remain positive.

Honestly, I am more positive now in life because the alternative is not acceptable.  I will not allow myself to go to the dark side and focus on how crappy life can be, how crappy people can be, how I hate my job, how life just keeps putting it to me.  I just refuse to allow my mind to think it those terms.

Why?  Because I choose to focus very little on the negative, while focusing heavily on the positive as I work toward achieving my goals.

This does not mean I am not aware of the negatives.  I do not live my life with my head buried in the sand.  I simply will not allow myself to use valuable life energy to focus on negatives.  It is not productive, thus I find productive things on which to focus.

It is not easy and takes much effort to live a life focusing on the positive.  Part of me wants to give in and just become negative.  I do not talk about my MS, too often.  I do not complain about my MS pain, too often.  I do not complain about not playing golf anymore, too often.  I do not complain about having to take my Copaxone shot 3 times per week, too often.

I think many people would understand if I did complain.  AND I know a lot of chronic sufferers that complain incessantly, most of whom I give a hall pass because I know what it feels like to hurt.  But I will not give in.  I will not relent.  I choose to fight.  I choose to stay positive.  I choose my mentality.  I choose my future!

I am positive because it is the one thing I get to control. 

To those that live a life of negativity I say: suck it up buttercup.  I bet there’s a kid in a third-world country that would give a limb to switch places with you and do it without hesitation.  We have it easy in civilized societies; we are so incredibly spoiled. Most of us suffer from first-world problems and act as if the world is coming to an end.

ProblemsWe don’t have to walk 5 miles one way to carry back dirty water to our families.  Water that will kill millions of kids each year.  We don’t have to worry about polio, AIDS, diphtheria, measles, deadly enfluenza, lions, tigers or bears!  Seriously, the next time you start complaining, stop and listen to yourself.  What are you complaining about?  Take action, change your position, change your future.  You have the freedom to do so.

You ARE the answer to your own problems; start acting like it.

Why do I choose to remain positive?  Because I live in a country that allows me to write a blog to help others.  I live in a country where I can speak to MS patients and let them know someone cares.  I live in a country that allows me to turn my life into whatever I want it to be.

Why do I choose to remain positive?  Because when all is said and done, my life ain’t that bad!

Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.

For many of us, achieving a fresh start starts with a renewing of the mind and fresh new, positive thoughts!

(as always, please be mindful to leave your comments with the original blogger as well.  Thnx Danny)

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Are you ready for divorce?

You guys might recall me asking you if you were the type of person that entered a discussion with the willingness to have your opinion moved or changed. Read this…

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Wait! Wait!

Don’t tell me that you are not married!

Don’t tell me that you love your spouse so much that you’ll never divorce her or him!

I am not talking about dissolving marriage.

I am talking about your readiness to listen, to think, be flexible, to part with your opinions if it makes sense.

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Several weeks ago a couple of friends visited us in Pocono Manor. We had a very nice time together and we discussed different topics. They mentioned that their grandson (who is a college graduate) had opinions about everything and became angry and rude if somebody had expressed a different opinion.

It did not surprise us. We hear very often that students and professors are against discussions in universities, that they simply vote against allowing people with different opinions to speak on campuses.

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Your thought for the day

Changing opinions only requires a sharp blade and a surgeon with a brain donor! Great line. Opinions, opinions everywhere…

C.T. Curio

Throughout our lives our experiences and social interactions shape our modes of being and our opinions. For some of us these opinions become rigid, mentally isolated from the flux of being which originally gave them form. This inflexibility will cause conflict to arise in this shared world of ours – but do not fret. It is not difficult to change somebody’s mind. All you need is some patience, a little time and a mad surgeon with some serious blades and a co-operative or sufficiently restrained brain donor. Never give up on people. And if you’re really ambitious you can follow Ghandi’s advice and “be the change”. Change a mind, change a life (or two).

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“Well, what if you can’t?”

A great post about having the mindset of “what if I can.” Some people see obstacles, while others see opportunities.

crosseyl

“Well, what if you can’t?”

This is a question I have heard many times before. As I hear the question in a sneering and a negative tone, I cannot help myself but think of the worse. What if I can’t? What if I can’t graduate, due to either money issues or other outside factors? What are my plans then? I have a whole life at college that I surely do not want to lose. I don’t want to lose the friends I have made, the connections I have gained and earned, or the lessons I have obtained or could even possibly learn. What if I can’t return? Not only do I think I will be heart broken and defeated, I do not even think I could go back to school right away. I would be too heartbroken and simply defeated.

What if I can’t get a job? I know many…

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12 Tips to Live a Passionate Life

imagesThese are some fantastic tips on learning to live a life full of passion.  You must develop an open mind and welcome new experiences.  It is through new experiences that we learn about ourselves, the world and those around us.  It will change your perspective.

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/12-tips-to-create-a-peaceful-passionate-life/

9 Suggestions to Help Find Your Passion

imagesI am beginning to change my thinking about success, life and fulfillment.  I am leaning towards discovering a life passion and giving back to others as the path to fulfillment.  I am going to continue researching, but my mind is favoring this 2 prong attack on life!

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/how-to-find-your-passion.html