With all the negative talk going on out there it sometimes is very difficult to keep your mind and attitude focused on positive things. I’ve found a few ways to do that and thought I would share those here.
First, I make it a point to find good books, I look for good reviews by peers and by speakers as well as often go looking online to see what books are available that can reinforce or even motivate and inspire me to keep mentally alert and positive. An example of a good book I just found and devoured was “Leadership and Self Deception” by Arbinger Institute. A great read with plenty to help keep me focused on making my inner-self better able to fend off some of that bad stuff that’s out there floating around.
Second, I use positive affirmations to reinforce my goals. I know there has been a lot of making fun of this process even back to the “Saturday Night Live” bunch but in reality when I write them out everyday, I find it does help me focus more on my purpose as I go through the day.
Third, I take time at the beginning and at the end or each day to enjoy some quiet meditation time. I first tried this when it was suggested in the book “Seven Spiritual laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra. First it was hard to get through the uncomfortable silence, but I soon came to enjoy it and I now look forward to this time.
And finally fourth, a great retreat for the mind is a regular exercise routine. Ya I know there is a lot to be said about that, and I’m certainly not the definitive word, but when my body is feeling the affects of a vigorous workout, my mind is clear and free from other entanglements.
By keeping alert and mentally active, by making time for both quiet and exercise, I can deal more effectively with all the clutter out there. Give it a try! All you have to loose may only be stress.