Have you ever went into an event convincing yourself that it will not be good? Or, started an exercise/nutrition regime believing it will not work?
You were probably right!
However, could these have had a positive outcome if you went in believing they would work?
Your headspace dictates so much of your external environment. We have all been in a situation when someone’s negative attitude has brought the whole mood down. Negativity attracts more negativity.
A positive outlook creates more positivity and contributes to a better lifestyle for yourself and the people around you.
During the summer, I witnessed this first hand. We had just touched down in Croatia for our holidays, glad for the break and excited to see people when had spent time with in ages. It was raining when we landed, nothing heavy but definitely not the glorious sunshine we hoped for. The guy behind me commented on the weather as soon as he stepped his foot out of the plane. “I didn’t spend all that money for it to rain!” His first thought about his holiday was negative! The guys he travelled with were visibly pulled down due to his negative outlook. Instead of being excited for their holiday, they all looked like they would rather have stayed at home. Even just overhearing this started to bring negativity into my outlook.
While I do not know how their holiday went, I know it would have been very hard to shift the negative feeling that started on the plane.
Within the gym, we see how perspective affects people on a regular basis. Those people who bounce in, looking forward to the challenge and are willing to give everything a try will always achieve better long term results than those who don’t.
If someone drags their heels coming in, complains at the thought of trying something or speaks in ‘Can’ts or Won’ts’ will always struggle to create the changes they want to see.
To see positive results you must create change; in training, nutrition and mindset!
You need to create a positive mindset and outlook.
1.FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT
Pretend to be more positive. Actively look to find the positive to every situation. Like all habits this will become more natural and will stop being an intentional thought. Choose positive words and try to take a plus away from every situation.
Brighten someone else’s day by complimenting. Not only will they feel better, but you will too. There are massive benefits from something really easy to do. Try to compliment 5 people a day. Be genuine.
3.SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE
Positivity breeds positivity. Spend time with people who elevate you and reduce time spent with those who drag you down. This can be a difficult thing to implement, however, it will have the most profound change in your life if you can do it.
4. BE GRATEFUL
Take a few minutes everyday to reflect on your day/ life/ situation. This will help highlight how great your life really is, or will help you look at situations more objectively and make challenges easier to over come. Remember that the grass you stand on may already be pretty green.
“ If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
Roald Dahl, The Twits
Think good thought and lets always look lovely!