How many times a day do you look in the mirror and point out all of your flaws, how many times do you remind yourself of all of the things you haven’t achieved? It’s time to start thinking not about what you haven’t done but just what you haven’t done yet.
Being critical will never get you anywhere, sure its good to be reflective and its always good to strive to be the best version of yourself, but punishing yourself when things don’t go to plan is the worst thing you could possibly do. Learning to maintain a positive outlook on life even when things aren’t necessarily going your way is not an easy task and it won’t happen overnight but small positive steps can work wonders.
#1 Pay yourself a compliment
People often disregard this as silly and rather odd, granted no one wants to be caught talking to themselves whilst staring into the bathroom mirror but honestly a little pep talk can really put a spring in your step. Every morning when you look in the mirror, before you go ahead and tell yourself that your hair looks as frizzy as a lion’s mane, try paying yourself a compliment. Looks are of course not everything but looking good ultimately results in feeling good, remind yourself that your are beautiful.
#2 Replace the negative with a positive
As they say, every cloud has a silver lining, regardless of the situation there is always a lesson to be learnt. It may not be fair, but unfortunately life isn’t always fair to us, learning to deal with bad situations makes us resilient. Bouncing back is the best thing you can do when things don’t go to plan, nothing good will ever come from self-pity or wallowing, pick yourself up, learn a valuable lesson and try again.
#3 Don’t always think the worst
Most of us are cup half empty sort of people, we give up before we even begin and admit defeat before things really get tough. Be the person who wakes up on the right side of the bed for once, tell yourself you can achieve and you more than likely will. With most things in life it’s mind over matter so once you start to believe in yourself you are often already halfway there.
#4 Don’t undermine the positives
We find it so hard to accept praise from anyone, especially from ourselves, we are quick to point out our flaws but never pay ourselves a compliment. Take a moment to think about something you have done recently that made you feel proud of yourself, even just a little. Was it when you finally managed to successfully change a light bulb or even when you woke up extra early and went for a run? It may seem silly, but they are all positive things that deserve way more praise than you give them credit for.
#5 Don’t be so hard on yourself
Remind yourself that you are human, you are not perfect and really no one expects you to be. Perfect is boring and who would ever want to be boring?
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