I love spring. I love hearing the birds sing, I love the promise of longer and warmer days, green grass, planting my garden, and the overall newness that it represents. What I didn't love was waking up to more snow this past weekend, if you live in Alberta you know what I mean. I had to be very mindful this past week not to let it ruin my mood (and no, it wasn't easy and no, I wasn't great at it!). A question that I get asked a lot is how do I maintain my positive thoughts when things don't seem to be working out? It is not only a great question but it is critical if we want to experience a different result in our life.
This quote is from one of my favourite books, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles:
“To think what you want to think is to think TRUTH, regardless of appearances.
Every person has the natural and inherent power to think what they want to think, but it requires far more effort to do so than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by appearances. To think according to appearance is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious, and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work one is called upon to perform.”
It is very easy to look at the facts around us and allow that to determine our state of mind, to get caught up in the circumstances or in what other people are doing or saying. However, if we want to produce a different result we must be able to hold our vision strong even in the face of a snowstorm. As Wattles says, this requires a lot of work so be kind to yourself when you falter. Here are 4 simple strategies to help maintain that positive thinking in the face of adversity (or a snowstorm):
- Connect with Your Vision - if you are building a business, looking for your soul mate or getting your health on track, connect with that vision, imagine yourself experiencing the results, remember why you set that goal in the first place.
- Remember Your Successes - this is both a fun and a powerful exercise, sit down and start listing all of the times that you were successful, felt proud and loved. These could be memories from your childhood or this morning, pay attention to how you feel as you relive those memories.
- Gratitude - When the skies are grey it's easy to forget all of the good that you have in your life. Take a breath and bring to mind what you can be grateful for in this moment. Gratitude is such an expansive emotion and is a great way to shift our thinking.
- Do Something Physical - if you are sitting down stand up, play music and dance around, go for a walk, take a few deep breaths, make a phone call - take some sort of action to help signal your mind and body that you are ready to move on. This is the strategy I employed this weekend, we made a snowman, went snowshoeing and sat by the fire - like the old saying goes when life hands you lemons make lemonade!
On May 8th at the Vision Workshop we will work on developing your vision so you have a place to connect with in the 'grey sky' moments and explore these ideas in depth. If you are ready to experience a different result in your life register by clicking here.