The world feels heavy, we have all been through a lot in 2020. It seems much easier to give in to the weight and enormity of the problems and challenges being experienced. However, it is in times like this that it is even more important to ramp up the effort to stay positive and motivated.
This is important, vital even, because from a positive state of mind, you are more likely to find solutions to your problems and identify ways to overcome challenges. Further to this, a positive state of mind makes you more appealing to others. Connection to humans is important for our souls and also for growth in various areas of our lives. Being a person that people want to connect with and engage with starts with your positive mindset. If you make an effort to inspire through your positivity, you will find that your network will grow and people will be more open to helping you and even connecting you to opportunities.
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What if you are feeling super negative right now?
The good news is, irrespective of where you are in your mindset right now or how you feel, your positivity levels can be increased. A simple, yet effective way to boost your positivity levels is to take pleasure in the simple joys in life.
Find and focus on 5 little things that made you smile today. (if you can't find 5, find 4 or 3 or 2 or even 1, start somewhere).
Five things that brought you some level of happiness.
Keep it small.
We often have the notion that to be happy and feel positive, everything needs to be going our way, everything needs to be perfect. But, it does not have to be that way. Find happiness in the small things. This will feed your positive mindset and in turn, will bring you more to be happy about.
Once you get this kick-started, you will see that the pace at which you shift into a positive state will increase. It will become easier and as you create habits that contribute to your positive mindset, positivity will soon become the norm in your life.
We are often so caught up in our hunger for the major wins, the things we believe will make us happy, that we forget out about the many little things that bring us joy each day.
This is a reminder to you:
Delight in a little something or something little every day.
For me, it's a hot cup of coffee in the morning, it's hugs with my children or "convo-time" with hubby.
What is yours?
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About the author:
Usha Maharaj CA(SA) is an Executive and Leadership Coach in South Africa who went from small town trainee accountant to Director in a Big-4 audit firm. Her 16+ year corporate career had all of the highs and lows of a high performing workplace where she shattered setbacks, crushed challenges and conquered fears to enjoy a highly successful career. She now inspires ambitious individuals and executives to reach their own highest level of influence in corporate South Africa.
Find out more at www.ushamaharaj.com.