How to Stay Positive

We live in a negative world. Turn on any news channel, and you’ll be bombarded with one negative story after another. Sometimes, they will throw in an occasional positive story. But, on the whole, it’s all bad news.

This negativity starts when we are kids. We learn it from our parents, our friends, and in some cases, our teachers. It’s not that any of these people had ill intentions. It’s just that they too, are a product of their environments. They read and heard bad news when they were kids, etc.

It’s easier to come up with excuses for why things won’t work. When we do this, we can defer the responsibility to someone else. Your boss calls a meeting to ask about a problem at work. One team member offers a solution and several other projects why it won’t work. There is some use in this exercise. However, the negativity can overwhelm the process to the point where no solution is found.

Having a positive mindset is not easy. Too many people will work to bring you down. But, if you can get past these negative people, you will start to find changes are easier to implement. People will like to be around you because you offer a fresh perspective. You may need to reduce the time you spend with negative people and start gravitating towards the more positive ones.

You do need to be realistic, however. There are times when being overly positive just for the sake of staying positive can come across as pretentious. You don’t want to placate people. If the negative concerns are justified, you need to figure out how to bring the situation in a more positive note, without being pretentious.

Sometimes, people can appear to be negative, when they are simply providing the facts. It’s important to realize the distinction. The facts are not always what people want to hear, especially when they are the opposite of what we initially believed. If you are presented with information that runs counter to your beliefs, you should specify that you want to take some time to consider those facts. Above all, be respectful to those presenting them to you.

You can stay positive by setting up a positive environment. You may want to stop watching the news as often as you used to, and keep away from television shows and movies that may project a negative view. It’s not easy, but it is worth it.

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Achieving Life Balance

Most of us have things in our lives we want to do, as well as those things we have to do. Perhaps you want to go to the gym more often, or you want to read more books this year. Like most of us, do you find yourself wishing you had more time to pursue the things you want to do as well as the things you need to do? 

Whilst time management is important to achieving these goals, some other steps must precede it. As you define these steps, preferably using a journal to keep track of what you discover about yourself, they will help you achieve that work and life balance that will enable you to do those things you want to do and achieve at this point in your life.

  1. List Your Goals

All of us have goals that change regularly and that reflect other things going on in our life at the time. List your goals and prioritize them from important to least important. Include not only the goals you have to achieve but also the personal goals you want to achieve.

  1. List Your Daily Schedule

Although we want more time in the day, all of us have 24 hours. We use some of these hours for sleep and some of these for work and recreation purposes. List down your daily schedule and include the things you must do because they are a commitment. This may include work commitments or school sport commitments with the children.

  1. Prioritize Your Personal Goals with Equal Priority as Work-Related Goals

Don’t minimize the time available to do the things you want to do, particularly if they are contributing to your life goals or wellbeing. Include family time and other essential life activities that require your time and attention.

Keep to the Schedule unless in an Emergency 

Most people who create a daily schedule, keep to it for a while, but not long enough for it to become a habit. Habits take around 3 weeks to form, so if you want your new approach to work and lifestyle to be maintained, you must protect it at all costs. If you want to achieve your own personal goals, you must protect them at all costs. Eventually, the changes you implement will become second nature, but until then, you need to stay in control of your time management. 

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