Do You Think Positively – April Newsletter Feature Article.

Wasn’t the weather in March phenomenal? Not only did I enjoy the beauty of the early arrival of Spring, but I also learned that I need to focus more on thinking positively.

I can’t believe how many people (and I admit I caught myself a few times) who said:

” Sure this weather is great but how long can this last?”

or

“But, we will still get some more snow!”

or

“It is way too early and everything is going to die when it gets cold again”.

Sound familiar? The more I heard and even said these types of remarks the more I realized that we don’t observe and enjoy the true beauty and value of what we are presented in our life. I began to tell myself and others – “Just live for the day and enjoy the beauty of this gift we have been given. The birds and animals are, the trees and flowers are, so why can’t we?”

I am not saying that we won’t feel bad if the weather turns severe enough to harm the plants and animals. It is just that we can’t do anything about it, so why fret?. Mother Nature is in control, not us. Give up worrying about something you have little or no control over. Step back and enjoy the beauty that is available to you in the present moment.

I ask you to be more observant of the things around you and your reaction. Ask yourself; “What was my initial reaction? Why did I react that way? Did I see the positive in what was presented to me? How else could I have looked at this? Would I have reacted differently? ”

As you consciously repeat this exercise, watch for trends in your thought patterns. Do your responses represent your values and ideals? Is this how you want to be seen by others?

I recently attended the Motivational Speakers Series at the Windermere Manner and heard Marc Lacoursiere speak on; “How to Connect in Business in 90 seconds or less”. Although he was talking about connecting in business what he had to say also pertained to our everyday lives. Did you know that within 2 seconds of meeting someone we formulate our opinion of them? This means that in just the blink of an eye we have already formed an opinion! We then spend the remainder of that first 90 seconds using our senses to validate or change our opinion.

Think about how you want to be seen and what you want people to hear? By practicing being positive in your everyday life, it will become part of who you are and how others see you. Being mindful of our reactions and thoughts will help us to grow and develop into the person we aspire to be.

Take Care and Keep Smiling,
Elizabeth

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