Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Keep Calm

It's easy to dwell on life's negatives. A negative thinking will never give you a positive life. Striving to switch your mindset could help you overcome negatives feelings or disappointments when they don't go the way you had planed. If you get this right you'll feel more engaged by life. This improves many things, including our powers of motivation.

When faced with a daunting task, ask yourself:

* What can I focus on to make this less stressful?
* How can I engage more with this?
* Is there a way to "sweeten the pill"?
* Can I enjoy the progress I'm making?

Such approaches can be very effective. With practice, anyone can become "tunnel-visioned" enough to focus on the positives. Action becomes easier because you enjoy it more and ultimately, consistent action translates into steady progress.

It's not all rainbows 

Of course some tasks are impossible to love – e.g. doing home work or filing tax returns. However, even here you can soften the blow. Music  often helps, as does acknowledging and enjoying the progress you're making.  As with all things, practice is key.

So, next time you have something daunting to undertake -- relax, focus on the moment and give it a go. You have nothing to lose.

It you feel your thoughts often makes you feel helpless, get help and don't let is swirl out of control. 

Sherldine Tomlinson.