Creating a positive attitude (Part 2)
Friday, August 24, 2012
The connection of positive self-talk to a happier person is stronger than majorities of people believe or even admit. We all say, “Yeah, yeah” and not give it a second thought. Consider your opinions towards somebody who talks down or poorly of you or your work (or children). The blood may begin to boil and even constructive criticisms become hard pills to swallow. So why should you be any different?
Indeed, our internal critic comes out quite frequently, and surprisingly often unchecked. These raw words often denigrate us more than we realize. Our egos are more fragile than we concede. Constant badgering or negativity is not good for anybody.
So, check your tongue and thoughts, for it begins in the latter of these. An exercise I use is, physically talk positively to myself each morning in the mirror. Tell yourself the things you need to hear. Set your day in motion and remind yourself those things you know are going to happen. Keep all of the words in a positive tone and address yourself as the responsible adult you know yourself to be. As silly as this activity may sound, it works.
I look back on the blogs I have written over the past several years at Sparks and I can see the difference in tone and pace. Perhaps it is maturity. I believe it is learned discipline of checking my thoughts and words (okay trying to most of the time). I still do it some days. Now I vow to recommit and move this activity to everyday, right before stretching, in the morning.
Be at Peace