I want to share four specific ways I’ve combatted negative thoughts, created more positive habits, and thus, bettered my creative work.
Here are 4 ways to boost positivity in your life:
1. Flip the script.
If you’re a risk taker, entrepreneur, or a business owner, you likely experience some measure of failure on a daily basis. While challenges and failures are both essential to growth, training your brain to be positive in the face of these circumstances is the ultimate key to success.
It is not uncommon to experience self-doubt in the face of failure, but we were not created to stay in it. Often times, we let fear take over and we become our own worst enemies.
In these moments, it’s important that you start telling yourself a different story. Trade in your self-doubt for story with a positive future. The best way to do this is with positive affirmations (short and powerful statements about your character and strengths). You’ll be amazed at how quickly positive affirmations start to shape your reality. The more you focus on positivity, the more you become aware of your negative thoughts and begin to proactively combat them.
Here are some great examples of positive affirmations you can practice.
“Focusing on the good isn’t just about overcoming our inner grump to see the glass half full. It’s about opening our minds to the ideas and opportunities that will help us be more productive, effective, and successful at work and in life.”
― Shawn Achor
2. Let go of deadweight.
Let go of the things that are not adding goodness to your life. This applies to relationships, activities, projects, and especially what you do for a living. What lights your fire? What’s adding joy to your life? And what’s only adding guilt, anger, sadness, or shame?
Remember: If what we do gives us joy, we become distributors of joy, and our world needs more distributors of joy.
3. Learn to accept the things you cannot change.
Positivity meets us in self-affirmation and letting go, but it probably roots deepest in our minds once we begin to accept the things we cannot change. We’ve all experienced how devoting attention to our frustrations and confusion is toxic and exhausting. We expend emotional and mental energy that would be much better utilized elsewhere.
Accepting that there are certain things we cannot change does not make us complacent. Instead, it constitutes a leap of faith and an ability to trust that frees us up to focus on the things we can change.
4. Build a routine around the good.
What are the rituals or activities in your life that energize you? Creating a powerful morning routine can fill you up with positive energy and leave you clear and focused entering the day ahead.
This is what a morning routine looks like for me:
Yoga comes first. After that, I drink a warm glass of water with lemon. I journal, have quiet time, and make sure to write down at least three things I am grateful for. I write down one big goal and an intention for the day ahead. Then I take a few minutes to focus on positive affirmations like the ones I linked to above. Once I’ve finished up with that, I eat a nourishing breakfast—all before I dare check social media or email.
Please don't read this as a holier-than-thou statement. This habit took me years to form - and it's now become sacred. This is the routine that works for me. Yours might look totally different—maybe it's just 10 minutes of light reading or making coffee or listening to music and stretching. The only thing that matters about your routine is that it fills you with positive energy. So ask yourself: What gives me energy in the morning? What drags me down? And start tomorrow with a new routine.