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Give it Your All

When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable. ~Walt Disney

Give it your all.

What exactly does that mean? Basically, it means if you’re going to do something, or you’re going to believe in something, really do it. Completely and give it your alltotally, with all your power and ability.
Well of course, we all do that, right?

Give it Your All

Can you honestly say that you believe in anything so much that you give it all your focus? I think that yes, we all have something we believe in that much. It’s called passion, and I think we all have it for something. And if you don’t, yet that’s okay. You’ll find it.  Probably when you least expect it.

Give it Your All

When you believe in something, as the quote says, believe in it with every fiber of your being.  And the first thing you should believe in, the very first thing you should feel passionate about is yourself.  Believe in you!  With every fiber of your being, believe that you are amazing and incredible, because you are.  Before you can give your all to anything else, or anybody else, you have to give it to you.  And quite honestly, nothing, and nobody deserves it more.  And once you believe in you unequivocally, you’ll find out just how wonderful you are.  And from there, the awesomeness that is you will radiate out through everything that you do.

Give it Your All

That’s what thinking positively, or having a positive mindset is all about.  It starts with you.  Think about yourself in a positive way.  Believe in yourself and in all that you want to accomplish.  Believe in yourself all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.  Believe in yourself, have faith in yourself, and you will be able to move mountains!

Celebrate and Praise Life

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey

I’m having one of those days where the last thing I want to do is celebrate and praise my life. In fact what I want to do is put on my grumpy face and celebrate and praise lifegrumble and moan my way throughout my day.  And that want is precisely why I’m going to celebrate and praise life.

It’s hard when what you want to do, be grumpy in my case, is directly at odds with what you should do. Even though I am feeling like I have nothing at all worth celebrating, I’m going to take a step back and make a list.  Lists are a great tools.  I use them to get things done, but I also use them to help me see things in a much clearer way.  It’s good to have an arsenal of tools at the ready especially the multi taskers, and list making is a multi tasker for sure!

So what do you do when you feel like you have nothing  to celebrate and praise in life?  Well first, you’re alive, and that’s HUGE.  You may not think so right now, but trust me, it is.  You are special and you bring something special to this word, just by being in it.  So take a good hard look at who you are and what you’re doing.  You have plenty of things to celebrate and praise.  And do you want to know something that’s really cool? The more things you find to celebrate in your life, the more things there are to celebrate.

So even when you’re down and glum, or mad and angry, take stock of the good things in your life.  Be glad for them – and truly celebrate them.  You’ll feel better and you’ll find that you bring more happiness and joy to your life.

 

 

Make a Change!

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. – Jim Rohn

Take a look around you.  Seriously, take a good look at your life.  How are you feeling about it?  Are you happy?  If you are, that is fantastic and amazing.  If you’re not, then make a change.  It’s not rocket science.  If you don’t like something then you change it.

I can’t make a change, it’s too hard!

I actually had someone say that to me not too long ago.  I vacillated between sympathy and wanting to Gibbs slap them on the back of the head.  make a changeChange can be hard, and it can be scary, but it’s also necessary.  Imagine our world if everything stayed the same and nobody ever made any changes or took any chances.  I’d be chiseling this blog on a cave wall or a stone tablet.  We can’t stay stagnant in our lives, especially if we’re unhappy.  If you want things to be different, you have to make a change.

I’m stuck where I am, I can’t make a change.

Bull, it’s like the quote says.  You’re not a tree.  You are not permanently affixed to your situation.  You can change.  You may not be able to change everything and probably not all at once, but you can make a change.  You can do things differently.  Even a little change can make a difference, but you have to make it.  You can’t sit there waiting for the world to make a change for you. It’s up to you. In fact, your changes begin and end with you and you only.

I can’t change because of so-and-so.

Again, I cry bull.  Are you a prisoner?  No, then you can make changes.  If you have someone in your life that doesn’t support you making a change to your life, then chances are that’s the first change you need to make.  You don’t want people in your life who aren’t going to support you changing your life for the better.  I know there are some situations that make some changes really difficult.  You may not be able to pack up and move across the country if you’re caring for an elderly parent, or have children. But you can make some other changes.  Little changes count too.  Don’t limit yourself, and don’t limit your thinking.

You can make a change.  It doesn’t have to be a big one.  What’s holding you back? Is it fear?  That’s okay, it’s a valid emotion.  Acknowledge your fear and then move on from it.  Make one small change.  Just one.  Make that change a habit.  Then make another small one.  Think about a snowball.  They can start out small, but the more you roll it in the snow, the bigger it gets.  Changes can be the same way.  Start small and keep at it and soon you’ll be making the big ones.  But start, and start now.  Make a change!

 

Sometimes, I Wonder Why

Sometimes, I wonder why.  No that would be a lie, I wonder why, all the time.  I wonder why about a lot of things.  Today I am wondering why about Think Positive 30.

 

Why am I doing this?

That is a very good question.  I started out doing this for me, and for a dear, wonderful friend.  You can read the story in the about section, but the abridged version is we were whiny.  Our blogs were filled with negative crap, and she decided to post one positive thing a day.  Why?  Because all that negativity was bringing us down.

I made a blog specifically for that, and Think Positive 30 was born.  From the blog (not this one) it morphed into a website thinkpositive30.com, and a mailing list.  I loved the mailing list.  But my web host kept flagging me for spam, even though people had to sign up for the email list.  I loved the email list beyond belief. It was a lot of work, but I loved it. But the flagging made me look for a different way to do it.

I found the list I’m using now, Mail Chimp.  It’s an amazing list, but it’s not free.  To send the Daily Positive Thought out to my subscribers on a daily basis was going to cost money.  Lots of money. To send out the Daily Positive Thought it was going to cost me $15.00 a month.  I can’t swing that so I decided to send out one email a week with 7 positive thoughts.  One for each day.  It’s not perfect, but it works.

Why Am I telling you this?

Not to ask for money.  Just a little back story into my Why question for the day.  This morning I saw a post on Facebook and someone was saying they sent a hoodie from their store to a YouTuber who has over a million subscribers.  The YouTuber emailed back and said they were going to wear the hoodie on their show and give a shout out to the person on Facebook and his shop.  I think that’s great, and it leads into my why for this morning.  It’s a two fold why I think.

Why are some people more successful than others?

How does it happen? What do they do more successfully than other people do?  Why are they able to find their niche and help it explode into a way to make money?  Is it because they don’t feel like they have any other options, or is it because they think they have every option in the world?  I’m beginning to think it’s the second thing.  If you’re doing something out of a sense of desperation, you may be successful, but I think your fears and desperation will get in your way and you won’t be as successful as you think

If you approach something with the mindset that you have a thousand different options open to you, you’ll be more successful.  When you act like you have all these options available to you, all these options become available to you. Which brings me to my next why.

Why can’t I make this happen?

I’m a huge fan of the Law of Attraction.  I don’t think that’s a secret.  Simply put it states Ask (put it out to the universe), Believe (believe you’re going ask believe receiveto get it) and Receive (wait for it to come.)  There is a missing step, you can’t just sit there and do nothing. If you want something, you have to work for it.  Effort is required on your part.  You shouldn’t try and control everything, but you do have to put in effort.  I’m okay with that part.  I struggle with the Believe portion.

How do you believe you have a million dollars in the bank when you’re struggling to pay the bills?  How do you believe you’re driving the car of your dreams when your car is in the shop?  That how is my why.  I know these people who are super successful have always believed that they will be.  This all comes back to my little baby of a website ThinkPositive30.com.  Sometimes I wonder why I am doing it, and sometimes I wonder why people care.

Well the answer to the second question is, I don’t know if people care.  I don’t get a lot of feedback here comment wise.  I also have a facebook group, facebook page, and an instagram page.  None of them have a lot of interaction with people, a little, but not a lot.  Sometimes I wonder what I’m doing wrong that I don’t have a lot of feedback and then I realized something.  If I touch one person, help one person think in a more positive manner, it’s a win.  As to the why I am doing it, that’s easy.  I do it for me. To help me be a more positive person.

So I’m going to continue.  I’ll continue with the website and the facebook and instagram.  I’ll keep the mailing list going.  And more importantly I’m going to work on my believing in the believe portion  of Ask Believe Receive.  If I can believe in God (and I do) I can certainly believe that good things are coming to me and that I can and do make a difference with ThinkPositive30.com  And if I can do it, so can you!

Who Cares What They Think?

The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care the most about what everyone else thinks. – C. JoyBell C.

Who cares what they think?  Sadly, I think too many of us do.  I know when we’re younger (think school age) what our peers think of us matters more who cares what they think?than just about anything else.  We want to be liked and admired.  As we grow and mature, I’d like to think that feeling goes away, but it doesn’t.  What other people think about us matters.

Who cares what they think?  I do, you do, we all do.  But I think there are different levels to that caring.  As a teenager, most kids will do whatever they need to in order to fit in.  That’s probably one of the biggest reasons that teens make poor choices.  They want to fit in, they want to be liked and admired by their peers. I know I made my share of poor choices in high school and in college just because I wanted to fit in and be like everybody else.

Flash forward quite a few years, and here I sit, a full on adult, and I still care, to some extent.  I think most adults do  The difference for me is I don’t go along with the crowd, and I’m not afraid to speak my mind. I think we’re always going to want other people to think well of us, to admire us and what we do.  But we can’t let it rule our lives, we can’t let the opinions others have about us bring us down.  In the end, what really matters is that you are happy with who you are, how you act and what you say and do.

Who cares what they think?  We all do, but in the end, it doesn’t matter.  You’ll be happier if you care what you think rather than what they think.

It Comes From Within

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time. – Anna Freud

It comes from within.  That’s either a very profound statement, or the tagline for a cheesy horror movie. Since I tend to write about positive thinking, we’re going to go with the profound statement.

it comes from withinIt comes from within. What exactly does that mean?  To me it means that it’s up to you.  If you want to get it done, you’re the one who has to get it done.  That doesn’t mean you can’t get support from somebody else, or lean on somebody else. But in the end it had to come from you. Again, I’m thinking about the kids that I work with and their ever changing relationship statuses.  Their with somebody and he or she is their life, their world, their everything.  And then it ends, and for a few days I hear “I’m nothing without him/her.”  “My life means nothing.  He/She was everything to me.”  I’m not going to lie, I kind of want to smack them upside the head and tell them to grow up.  Then I remember, they’re kids and that’s what they’re doing. They’re growing up.

They need to learn (and so do a lot of adults) that who they are, and what they can do isn’t tied to anybody else.  Neither are their accomplishments.  Again that doesn’t mean you can’t work with someone, or garner support from another person, but in the end, you need to look to yourself. Reach inside yourself, dig down and find those reserves of inner strength and confidence.  If comes from within.

Dreams are Renewable

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. – Dr. Dale Turner

Dreams are renewable. I absolutely love that idea. I love knowing that no matter who we are, and where we are in our lives, we still have our dreams.  They are our own, and nobody can take them away from us.

dreams are renewableThat doesn’t mean people won’t try.  I have this one particular dream, and I made the mistake of sharing it with the wrong person.  They did their very best to point out all the pitfalls and errors in my dream.  Here is the thing.  A dream is a dream.  It’s not a goal, and it’s not a plan.  It’s a precursor to those things.  It doesn’t have to make sense, it doesn’t have to be logical, it just has to be.

Dreams are cool, and I hope to God I always have new ones.  I can’t even begin to fathom a life where I didn’t have dreams.  Sometimes dreams are all that we have to get us through the rough spots.  Don’t ever give up on your dreams and don’t ever give up dreaming.  Every dream we have is a seed to something bigger.  And just like the seeds we plant in the ground, not all of them will grow, but the potential is always there.  But if you don’t plant them, nothing will ever grow.  If you don’t dream, you don’t have the potential to create something bigger and better.  So don’t let anyone steal your dreams or stop you from dreaming.  Remember, dreams are renewable.

Take That First Step

The first step towards the solution of any problem is optimism. – John Baines

Problems, we all have them, and we all want to solve them.  To do so, you have to take that first step. It’s a big one to be sure.  You have to believe that your problem can be solved.  If you aren’t optimistic about it, if you don’t believe it, then it’s never going to happen.

I’m not going to say that optimism is a magical panacea that will cure all your problems.  I will say that none of your problems will be solved if you take that first stepdon’t believe that they can be solved.  At my place of employment aka school, we are going through a redesign process.  We are looking at what we do, how we do it and how we can turn it around and make it better.  As with most schools, we are not lacking in the problem department and this redesign process is our first step toward fixing those problems.

However none of it is going to work if we don’t buy into it and believe.  That’s the first step.  And if you think about any problem you may have in your life, it applies.  You can approach it any way you want, but if you don’t believe that you can solve it, you probably never will.  Honestly, if you don’t believe you can solve your problems, why would you even try?

How many times has a problem cropped up and your initial reaction was “I can’t fix this?”  I know I have thousands of times, and I can promise you that every time I did, I didn’t make any progress in correcting the problem.  But every time I encountered a problem and attacked it with the mind set that I could fix it or improve it, I was able to do so.  And I know there is someone reading this thinking “you can’t fix cancer with optimism,” I won’t disagree, but having a positive, optimistic attitude can and does make all the difference in the world when your body is fighting illness. Take that first step toward optimism when dealing with problems and see how much it helps.

 

Regrets are a Waste of Time

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

Bell’s quote is very interesting to me.  We’ve all heard the quote about one door closing and another opening, but Bell’s quote to me is talking about regrets.  Regrets are a waste of time.  Seriously. Don’t do it.

Decisions are hard and choices can be scary. Even the simplest choice like should I have chocolate ice cream or cookie dough can be a big one.  Why? regrets are a waste of timeBecause you get caught up in the fear of making the wrong choice and then come the regrets.  No matter how good that chocolate ice cream may be, all you can think about is how you should have had the cookie dough.  In the end, you don’t end up enjoying the yummy scoop of chocolate ice cream that is sitting right in front of you.

I realize the ice cream example is rather simplistic, but it works.  We can get so caught up in worrying about would have, could have and should haves, that we forget to enjoy what we have.  The same thing happens when a situation comes to an end.  We can get so caught up in missing what we used to have that we miss what may be right in front of us.  Endings are hard, and sometimes their painful.  It’s normal to want to look back at what you had, but when you do, you run the chance of finding something new and equally as wonderful, or maybe even better.

Regrets are a waste of time.  They don’t change anything.  They don’t make you feel better, in fact, they probably make you feel worse.  So don’t waste your time regretting what was.  Open your eyes and look for your newest adventure.

Be a No Drama Llama!

Don't be a drama llamaProtect yourself. Keep your distance from negative people and their drama. They have a problem for every solution. – Karen Salmansohn

I am not a fan of the drama.  In fact in my classroom,  I have a sign declaring it a Drama Free Zone.  To my way of thinking, life is challenging enough without dealing with drama from other people.  It comes at us from all sides.  It comes from our friends and our family, our co-workers and our neighbors.  These people are veritable energy suckers.  They can and do suck the life right out of us.  On a daily basis, I have students walking in to my classroom saying so-and-so said or did this, or he posted that on snap chat, or she said this about me in a text message.  Idon't be a drama llamat’s overwhelming and the drama llamas do their very best to suck us in.

Their drama can sometimes turn you into a drama llama yourself.  And seriously, do you have time for that?  I’m going to guess the answer to that is no you don’t.  Well guess what, you don’t have to deal with the drama llamas any more! It’s time to drop the drama!  Stop allowing crazy-makers, game-players, truth-manipulators, gossip-mongers, conflict-stirrers and bad communicators to drain you of joy, energy and time!  Plus make sure you’re not accidentally contributing to or prolonging any drama.  But how?

Karen Salmansohn is offering an amazing class called Be a No Drama Llama.   This course will help you you to not to associate with the drama.  It will teach you how to not invite the drama into your life, and more importantly how not to create MORE drama!  Don’t be a drama llama.  Find out how to stop the drama from taking over your life.  Seriously, do you have time for drama? No, of course you don’t.  Your life, your time is too important to let other people infect you with their drama and bring you down.  Check out Karen’s class.  This class regularly costs $149.00 but for a very limited time, she is offering the class for only $49.00.  It’s an amazing offer and too good to pass up. Click here to see everything this class offers. Get ready to cut the drama from your life.  Be a NO DRAMA LLAMA!

 

 

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