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Making Room for the Positive

woman being lifted away by a heart balloonSometimes I need to shut down my computer for a bit, just to clear out the clutter from past tasks and make space for new input. The circuits become overloaded with information that has to be removed in order to receive new data. My mind is a lot like my computer at times, and sometimes it’s almost as if The Beach Boys are talking to me about “Good Vibrations!”

I’ve found a simple exercise that helps me reboot my thinking process during hectic times like the holiday season, when I’m suffering from information overload:

Before starting, turn off your phones, television and computer. Tape a note to the doorbell that says, “Do not ring or knock.” Sit in a comfortable chair and just relax for a minute or two. Close your eyes, take three deep breaths and let them out slowly. Relax your muscles, starting with your toes and slowly moving up (feet, ankles, legs, hips, fingers, arms, chest, back, shoulders, neck) to your face. Sort of “melt” into the chair.

Now, picture tying a hot air balloon to a trash can that is tethered beside you. Imagine lifting the lid off and dumping into it all your “stinkin’ thinkin’,” as Zig Ziglar would say. Toss away your negative attitudes, resentments, “can’t dos,” self-deprecating statements and overwhelming feelings, as well as any blinders, switches or buttons — and toss them in as well. Now put the lid on tight! Untether the can and watch the balloon carry all that negativity away. Then take a deep breath, let it out completely and slowly repeat to yourself, “GONE.”

Look inside yourself and you’ll see lots of room that is ready to fill full of good vibes! The following actions for a positive attitude will help keep those vibes going.

  1. Balance your life. Though things in one area may begin to go bad despite your best efforts, concentrate on the positives elsewhere.
  2. Keep going. Don’t give up. We all have setbacks. Don’t think of them as an end but as a beginning.
  3. Make the most of it. If things are less than ideal, look for ways you can make them more pleasant.
  4. Engage in positive self-talk. Telling yourself you can do something will help you succeed.
  5. Visualize success. This will help make you more self-assured and comfortable in the situation when it occurs.
  6. Attack problems head-on. When a negative situation occurs, find a way to turn it around.
  7. Look on the bright side. Make a habit to look at the good in life rather than the bad.
  8. Maintain a sense of humor. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Look for the humor in daily annoyances.
  9. Make work fun. If you think your job is dull and boring, look for ways to make it interesting.
  10. Accentuate the positive. Concentrate on ways to use your strengths and abilities, and look for ways to improve your weaknesses.

I Care, Barb

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