“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.” —Paulo Coelho
By Elizabeth Stincelli, DM
Life can be long and tedious when you get caught up in negative thinking. Negative thinking leads to negative energy and negative energy NEVER leads to success. So, how can you cultivate positive energy?
Denis Waitley tells us, “Relentless, repetitive self-talk is what changes our self-image.” Words have power, especially self-talk. Start by getting rid of all the “have to”, “must”, and “should” talk. Stop telling yourself that everything has to be perfect. Tell yourself that you are equipped to overcome the obstacles you are likely to encounter. Decide that you will maintain a positive attitude despite what comes your way. Recognize and then eliminate even the slightest appearance of negative self-talk.
Marianne Williamson explained, “Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it.” Recognize that in life very few things in life black or white. Learn to look at situations from other perspectives and reframe the way you define your circumstances. Find the positive in people and situations. Focus on the things that make you healthy and happy and reframe to develop a positive, yet realistic view of the world.
Bo Bennett said, “Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” What better way to foster positive energy than to know you are growing every day. Focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t do. Connect a positive meaning to the goals you are pursuing. Emphasize continual learning, growth, and real engagement in your life. Develop positive relationships that offer support in your constructive endeavors. Figure out who you are when you are at your best and then strive to be that person 100% of the time.
You Have It
Hayley Hasselhoff believed, “People dwell so much on the little things, but why should they hold you back when you have the big things to look forward to? By exuding positive energy when dealing with your problems, you will exude it in your being in general.” Focus on positive self-talk, reframe situations to view the positive, and concentrate on your personal growth. Practice small, positive steps every day. Express gratitude for who you are, your opportunities, and your experiences. Where’s your positive energy? I know you have it so let’s see it.
© 2015 Elizabeth Stincelli
Elizabeth Stincelli is passionate about recognizing and inspiring the leader in each of us. She is the CEO of Stincelli Advisors where she focuses on helping organizations engage employees and improve organizational culture. Elizabeth holds a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership.
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