Updated: Jun 30, 2022
Bryan Robinson of Forbes says: "Focus on the solution, not the problem. You’ll feel more empowered to cope with pandemic curve balls when you step back from the problem and brainstorm a wide range of possibilities. Your negativity bias will direct you to zoom in and focus on the problem. But when you broaden your perspective, your wide-angle lens will help you see potential in the big picture. What possibilities do you see for 2021?"
Will you choose to have a good attitude right now and have a productive day? Yeah, that's sometimes easier said than done. Each day we battle with our own thoughts. Am I good enough? Am I going to mess this up? Will people not approve of me?
We have up to 60,000 thoughts a day, according to the National Science Foundation, and 80% of those thoughts are negative and 95% of those thoughts are repetitive. Unbelievable! We are at war with our own minds! Well, if our thoughts help mold our reality, how can we create positive thoughts? I struggle with it as much as the next person. My Mom passed away last year, my Dad passed away a couple of years before that. On a daily basis, I battle physical pain from past injuries. I have my own self-doubt, just like any other creator and the business owner does.
So what do I do?
I pray. Read the Bible. Go to church (virtually when we can't make it in person). I also meditate. I journal, write my thoughts down. I write positive affirmations and incantations. I make lists, goals, and plan. I drink lots of water and fight to get enough sleep. I take walks in nature. I unplug. I have conversations that don't have to do with work or serious life issues. I give thanks every day, for my wife, my life, my mind/body/spirit, my family, my business, my home, nourishment & sustenance, my friends, my creativity, entertainment, my opportunities, my network, and for technology...I am blessed to love what I do and have the ability and determination to follow my aspirations.
I read. A lot. I write. And I listen to podcasts, watch videos, take classes, focusing on personal development and financial education. I love and recommend Patrick Bet David's "Valuetainment", Lewis Howes' "School of Greatness", Tom Bilyeu's "Impact Theory", and Robert Kiwosaki's "Rich Dad Radio".
All our us will naturally have negative and repetitive thoughts, but we have to work on having positive and new ideas, experiences, and dreams.