Do the little things in life make you unnecessarily stressed?
Do you feel a nagging sense of dissatisfaction with your life?
Do you struggle to see other people’s point of view?
If you answered YES to any of those questions then I am writing this for you! One of the 2013 promises I made to myself was to work hard to change my perspective and be more positive. The older I get the more I realize the quality of your life solely depends on how you choose to see the situation you are facing.
If I am constantly running towards the negative in everything then every situation will in fact turn out negative. Don’t worry……this isn’t one of those articles that is going to tell you to positive talk your way into a good parking space (it doesn’t work…I’ve tried) but these are just a few examples of how you can change your negative perception of a situation and make it a little more positive. Little changes like this will not change your problem but they will definitely change your perspective.
I have written these four promises down in my journal to help me remember daily how I can work towards a positive life perspective.
Ask Yourself “Will it Matter in Five Years”?
When I’m anxious about something, this is what I often ask myself. Almost always, the answer is that it won’t matter in a week, let alone in five years. Most of what we worry about is fleeting and trivial.
Draw or Write About a Situation
Maybe you’ve got a big decision to make, or a big problem to confront. It might have been on your mind for days or weeks; it could even be something that you’ve talked about (or argued about) with your partner.The problem is, you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. You’re just as uncertain or anxious as you were before. This is a great time to grab a pen and paper. Either write about the problem – perhaps in the style of a journal entry, or as a list of ideas – or draw something which represents the current situation. By doing your thinking on paper, you automatically start creating structure and order, allowing you to see things from a new, clearer, perspective. Chances are, you’ll find several possible solutions.
Change the Scenery
Sometimes the best way to get out of a funk is to step away from your surroundings. If it’s work, get out of the office. If it’s problems at home get outside. Take a walk at the park or better yet head to the gym to clear your head.
Listen to An Argument for The Other Side
Most of us have deeply held beliefs on some subjects – perhaps religion, politics, morality, social justice, or similar weighty issues. You might find it very hard to understand how anyone could be so crazy as to support the “opponents” of your particular viewpoint. It’s an interesting exercise to read or listen to an argument put forwards by a group which you’d normally totally disagree with.
You certainly do not have to change your views or compromise your values. But I am suggesting that you recognize that there are intelligent, thoughtful, good people who have different opinions from you. You might well disagree with them – but it’s useful to see where they’re coming from.
Some of these ideas came from TheChangeBlog.com. Give them a read! That have a lot of great ideas on how to make changes to your life.