So this idea came into my head as I walked home after a morning run. I haven’t run properly in months and months. Whilst lockdowns lifting was exactly what I needed mentally, from a time point of view it hasn’t helped with my exercise routine.
A quick Google says I’m not the only person to think like this, but here’s what floated into my head at ten to seven the other morning.
“If we will allow a small mistake, mishap or negative comment to spoil our day, we have the power within us to make a positive experience improve our day too – it all depends which one you will allow to be dominant.”
A bad thing generally won’t last all day, but often we will decide to dwell on it, putting us in a bad mood, and throwing our day into a downward spiral. This might just make us grumpy or in my case reaching for the snack cupboard and a fistful of comfort food to help cheer me up.
Of course, if you already have concerns or confidence issues regarding weight or body image, this can become a routine of self sacrifice potentially only ending when positive thoughts dominate the negative.
So if an over reaction to a negative event can spoil your day, we need to start over reacting to positive things. That might be a smile from someone in the street, making a nice cup of tea or sandwich for lunch, or finding a coin in your coat pocket you had forgotten about.
If that doesn’t work, or if in all honesty nothing is worth celebrating in a day, consider starting each day with a moment of reflection and gratitude. This is something which I have learnt, through the medium of podcast, is practised by many successful people.
It might seem silly at first to be talking to yourself (either out loud or in your head) telling yourself what you are thankful for, because, surely you should know, but the truth is we take so many positive things for granted. If you have access to clean water you are already ‘doing better’ than over 800 million people on our planet, and if you are reading this for yourself, consider your sight a gift as almost 40 million people worldwide are completely blind, and over a billion don’t have access to glasses to rectify a visual impairment.
You’ll probably find yourself repeating the same things every day, but that’s ok. You can’t really do this wrong. No one need know you are doing it, in fact it often helps me to relax and go to sleep – a form of meditation I guess. The repetition of these positive messages will also help your subconscious to start recognising them as fact, leading to our goal of positive thought dominating our head.
So, that’s my plan. Celebrate the positives and hold on to them. As always, I wish you all the best and hope that my waffle inspires or at least entertains for a moment or two.
Take care. Andy