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Who You Are is NOT Who You Were

Who you are today is NOT the same person you were ten years ago, six months ago, or even yesterday.  Don’t let yourself get caught in the trap of defining yourself based upon your past.  It’s foolish…you have the ability to change who you are.  We are constantly evolving and changing.  Instead of getting stuck living your past, instead choose to live your dreams.  Take your dreams and goals and live them instead.  You can be whoever you want.  Your future is only limited by the scope of your dreams.

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What Makes a Leader

I was talking to a couple students the other day about  class officers at my school the other day about the various positions in their class office and what they think each position is supposed to do.  One of them told me that so and so would be a great president because they are so good at telling people what to do.  My heart broke a little bit in that second because that is NOT what makes a good leader.  The best way to lead is by example.  Instead of telling someone what to do, show them what you’re doing and they can emmulate your actions.  A true leader has the ability to encourage people, to help them realize their potential and to go further than they ever thought they could go.  That is what makes a leader, not the ability to tell someone what to do.  And don’t forget to look to others for the leadership they can provide to you.  We can’t all be leaders all of the time.  Sometimes it’s okay to allow others to lead and encourage you.

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Diminish Fear

I’ve been thinking a lot about choices lately, and how nervous scared when I have to make a big one.  The little ones are a piece of cake, but the big ones can send me into a total freak fest.  But once I make a choice, that fear seems to dissipate.  It may not go away entirely, but once I’ve committed to the decision, the fear is a lot easier to deal with. The big question is, how do you make that decision and get over the mind wrenching fear.  I’m finding that most times, my initial reaction (gut instinct if you will) is usually spot on and it’s the best way to go.  So when you’re faced with a choice, listen to that inner voice that says which way to go, and commit to it.  You’ll probably be 100% happier.

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Creating Tomorrow

I was talking about time travel with my students not too long ago – well more the ramifications of time travel.  If you go back in time and stop Hitler, will somebody even worse rise up tomorrow.  It was a good discussion and they really got into it.  From there we moved from the choices we make in time travel, to the real choices we make right now and how they influence our future.  Sadly, that’s where I lost them.  Its kind of hard to realize that every single choice we make and every single thing we do today is impacting our tomorrows.  So what exactly are you going to do today to create the tomorrow that you’re dreaming about?  Are you going to just keep dreaming about it, or are you going to start doing things to make sure it happens?  If you’ve always dreamed about being a writer, are you just going to sit there and hope the story comes out of your head and appears on paper, or are you going to start writing?  The things you do, the life you lead today brings you to the tomorrow of your dreams.  So start making the choices and decisions that will make your dreams come true.

It’s Time to Channel Your Inner Elsa

Let’s talk about grudges, and the uselessness of holding on to them – in the wrong way.  If somebody does you wrong, it’s going to make you angry, or disappointed.  Those are two of the knee-jerk reactions you’re going to have, and you can’t really do too much about it.  It’s going to happen.  It’s what happens next that matters the most.  You can hold on to that anger, and disappointment and let it fester inside of you.  And it will fester, and it will be festering in you.  It’s not going to do diddly to the person that you’re angry with.  They’ll just go merrily on their way while the hate and anger eat you up from the inside.  We all already know that is what is known as “NOT GOOD!”

Now imagine taking that anger and disappointment and letting go of it.  Like I said in the title of the post, channel your inner Elsa and just let it go.  Take the initial feelings of anger, rage, disappointment, whatever and acknowledge them.  They are real, they exist and to ignore them would be silly.  So acknowledge them, yeah, and even put them to work for you.  Use them to move away from the disappointment.  Take that energy to move forward and show the world you’re the bigger, better person.

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Don’t Just Phone It In

Life can get crazy – house, work, family, it all adds up to make us go kind of crazy.  We can start to focus on one aspect of our life so much and kind of just coast through the rest.  Or worse, imagine this, life is going great and we’re so busy keeping it going great, that we forget to just enjoy it.  I think it happens to all of us more than we realize.  We get up in the morning and go to work, driving in the dark (especially in the winter).  We spend our day working, and then drive home in the dark.  We fix dinner for the family, oversee homework tuck the little ones into bed and collapse in front of the television for a few hours of well deserved zoning out.  Lather rinse and repeat day after day.  All those things have to get done on a daily basis, I’m not disputing that, but instead of doing them on auto pilot, why not stop and really pay attention to what you’re doing.  You may be doing a report for your boss that is tedious as heck, but take a second and think about how that report is helping.  It’s helping you keep your job, it’s helping your boss, and it’s helping a client, which in turn could be helping other people.  Spending time overseeing your kiddo’s homework isn’t just an exercise in sheer frustration because you don’t understand the math.  It’s an opportunity to spend time with your amazing children, and see the world through their eyes.  Even that time spent zoning out on the sofa….it’s not just a time to catch up on the Bachelor or Survivor….it’s a time to recharge your batteries and enjoy time with yourself, and with your sweetie.  So don’t just coast through life…live it!

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Dominant Thoughts

This is so very true – and it seems especially true when you have a negative thought in your head.  It can just grow and grow and is so hard to get rid of.  The trick is to take that thought (and yes, smash it like an icky bug) and replace it with something more cheerful.  However that is incredibly hard, but no matter how often those negative thoughts keep creeping into your head, your job is to keep replacing them with positive, happier thoughts.  Eventually those happier thoughts will take root and you’ll find things improving.

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Forgiveness

Simply put, if you’re going to forgive somebody, you need to mean it.  It can be, however, harder than it seems.  It’s super easy to pay lip service and say you forgive someone.  The struggle comes in really doing it.  It’s hard to let go of hurt feelings, and disappoinment.  I know it’s a challenge for me.  Holding a grudge, however, is probably the worst thing in the world you can do for yourself.  It just fills you up with bitterness, and that’s not a good thing.  Work to let go of the negative feelings you may have for people.  Really release it and let it go – let love fill that space in you instead.  Maybe not love for that person, but for yourself.  Use that love to erase the negativity that was inside you and then start working toward directing that love toward the person who disappointed you.

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Test of Courage

I love listening to my students talk about how tough they are – to them, tough means brave.  They think they’re all that if they walk down a street in a sketchy area at night.  They haven’t learned what real courage is yet, or if they have, they certainly haven’t exhibited it yet.  Real courage is not giving up in the face of adversity.  Real courage is never giving up, no matter how hard something is.  Trying again and again, no matter how many times you get shot down.  Real courage is that inner strength we have to grab on to and hold tight when we’re faced with insurmountable odds.  It’s not easy, but it’s so worth it.

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Mistakes

I think everybody is afraid of making mistakes.  That’s perfectly normal and natural.  The problem is that when we’re SOOOO afraid of making a mistake that we don’t even try.  When I was younger, I used to ski, and for me a successful day was at the end of the day, when I could say that I didn’t wipe out at all.  Falling to me, meant failure.  But now I realize that by playing it safe, I didn’t ever really improve.  I’m not saying I should have gone full speed down a black diamond trail, or taken risky chances, but I probably could have tried a little harder, pushed myself a little harder and become an even better skier.  This quote also calls to mind, kids in school who NEVER raise their hand because they’re afraid of being wrong.  Guess what, it’s okay to be wrong, and it’s okay to make mistakes – as long as you learn from those mistakes.

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