You may not even realize how many negative thoughts you let creep in. Sometimes they even hide behind positive ones. When’s the last time you gave someone a compliment (“What a great dress!”) and felt the tug of competitive self-doubt? Challenge yourself to look at the world and see out the positive.
If you can rephrase your inner monologue, your outlook and your outer world are going to get better. Learn how, here:
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” –Willie Nelson
Acknowledge any lurking, nasty underbelly–know it’s there and call it what it is–jealousy, or anger, or fear. Then let it go.
Meditate for a bit and come up with three satisfying memories, three positive thoughts and/or goals for today, and three totally out-there wild hopes for the future. Let yourself smile. Then pick one thing you are not looking forward to doing today and find a way to think about it in the most positive light possible. Instead of picturing the pile of laundry, remember how good it feels to slip into clean, crisp sheets at night. And let yourself smile.
Adapted from Half Full, by Mina Parker (Conari Press, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Mina Parker. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Half Full, by Mina Parker (Conari Press, 2006).