How to Stay Positive

When you’re building your business, you may face challenges. And that’s when you need to stay positive. A positive energy will help you be more resilient and creative to ride through your storms. Hi, I’m Cynthia, Founder of the Brave Zone. I will share with you 3 tips to help you set yourself up to have a positive mindset, that will lead to more fruitful relationships, higher productivity, and better ideas.

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First, decide on a useful identity for yourself. That is, decide who you are or who you want to become. If you don’t know who you are, you’ll be easily swayed by your environment. For instance, I decided that I want to be an optimist. That is, I want to believe that good things can be created even from bad situations. I am the type of person that will decide to believe in what’s possible, not what’s difficult. And because of that identity, “I am an optimist,” I am more sensitive to opportunities and can easily overcome challenges. I also surround myself with other optimist and repel those who just want to talk about doom and gloom. So set your identity. Who are you? What do you stand for? What do you want to believe about how life works? If you don’t decide this for yourself, then you’re allowing other people decide this for you.

Secondly, hang out with the right people that supports a positive mindset. Don’t try to be the saviour and convert the skeptics, because often times, they’ll end up converting you or you’ll be so frustrated in the process. If you want to have positive energy, your environment needs to support that. Now sometimes, you live with a negative person, and I’m not suggesting you leave your family. But limit your brainspace with them. Or see the positive intention behind their negativity. Perhaps they’re complaining a lot about life because behind it all, they’re really worried and afraid. And complaining is the way they ease their fear. Sometimes you’ve tried to help them but they are happy being negative. That’s when you need to step back and let them grow in their own time. If not, then you’ll exhaust yourself trying to develop someone who’s not ready. But through it all remember, it’s not about you… it’s about them. So give them space, but also make sure you have yours.

And third, create a ritual for gratitude. For me, I ask myself, “What was my highlight of the day?” and that triggers me to think of all the positive things that I can be grateful for. It’s a fun sharing to do with your partner and your kids as well, so why not make it a family ritual? Gratitude is important because at the beginning, it’s often easier to remember the bad things that are happening rather than the good things. And remembering the bad things stress you out, and can perhaps take you down the negative spiral. You don’t want that. You need that positive energy to stay hopeful and to do what it takes to achieve your dreams. So you want to take yourself up the positive spiral. And I’m not saying be in denial and avoid talking about negative things… I’m simply saying look at things in perspective. No matter how bad the day has been, I always manage to find at least 1 thing that I can be grateful for… even if it is as simple as … I am grateful that I made it through this horrible day and I am grateful that I can still make an effort to find what I’m grateful for. I invite you to make a gratitude ritual for yourself. It makes a lot of difference in how you see your self, your life, and your business.

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