Motivation Monday: Don't Give Into the Negative Challenge

Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going!

This week, we're challenging you to turn that frown upside down. To make lemonade out of whatever lemons you're handed. To look on the sunny side of life. Too much? We get that it's tough to be positive sometimes. And no one wants to come off as a naive Pollyanna. But thinking happy thoughts can help decrease your stress, increase your energy levels, and just make you feel better in general. It can also help you truly see the things you've got in your life that are worth being thankful for.

To simplify and solidify things a bit more, let's break down a plan for the week. If it helps, start by thinking about what area of your life you find the most challenging right now. Or to put it another way - what do you find yourself griping about the most? Maybe it's your job. Or perhaps it's parenting. Maybe it's feeling overscheduled, not getting enough sleep, an annoying neighbour, a troublesome relationship, or your overall health.

Once you've winnowed it down to one area, focus your energy on looking at the bright side. The next time a coworker starts griping about something, resist the urge to join in. Instead, mention a positive counterpoint to your colleague's complaint, or try changing the subject altogether. If you're sitting down with friends and they ask how work is going, be honest and straightforward about what's challenging you at the moment, and then if you can, try to highlight any positive happenings this week. While your loved ones are there for you, they also don't want to be dragged into whatever is making you feel down - keeping complaints to a minimum will protect your relationships. 

And newsflash! If you can't find anything positive to say about the dark patch of your life, then perhaps it's time to take a step back and evaluate what you need to be doing differently, especially if it feels like there's no end in sight to whatever is troubling you. Maybe it's time to move on from a job, break things off with someone, or change your habits. Perspective is a gift - and it's one you can gain through this bright-eyed challenge.

August 17, 2015 7 tags (show)

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