Abuja - In life, we have many different kinds of experiences – good and bad, and it's up to us to create our own experience of the various situations we find ourselves in. This is why it's important to have a positive mindset, to make it our intention to live life positively each day.
To live a positive life you need to create positive habits so that you are able to focus on what truly matters. Here are ten simple ways to inspire you to do just that:
1. Celebrate being alive
Live your life as if you are the most fortunate person! All you have to do is make it your intention to remind yourself how fortunate you are and to apply it to everything you do. It really is as simple as changing your mindset.
2. Become aware of your thoughts
When you consciously become aware of your thoughts it's easy to spot the negative ones. Make it your intention to replace them with positive thoughts. You might be thinking that it is easier said than done, but with lots of mindful practice it will become second nature.
3. Stop comparing yourself to others
We often feel down and out when we start comparing ourselves to others. Remember, it's all relative - you don't know the journey of another person – you don't know what they are going through. Respect and accept it for what it is, but most of all, accept yourself as you are because you are amazing.
4. Surround yourself with positive people
Positive people are contagious! Get out there and mingle with them. The technologies of today are also making it possible to connect with positive people from all over the world through social networks, blogs and websites. Subscribe to motivational newsletters, read articles, and bask in others' positivity!
5. Stop complaining, take responsibility, and smile more
When you find yourself complaining, it means you are not taking responsibility. If you want something done, just do it! But remember to do it with a smile.
6. Focus on what you have, not on what you don't have
As the saying goes, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer”. When you focus on abundance, more will be given unto you. You will attract more into your life by focusing on what you have, and in so doing, the universe will give you more of it.
7. See failure as a stepping stone to success
Failing at something doesn't mean it is the end of the world. Embrace the failure and know that a few weeks, months, or years from now this will become an inspirational story to tell others one day when you have achieved your success! Also remember that failure could mean the birth of something new, and better for your journey.
8. Be grateful for the things you already have
When you feel grateful for the little things, you will instantly feel shift in your mood. When you wake up, start counting all your blessings, no matter how small – be it the toothpaste so you could brush your teeth, the bread on your table, or even the mere fact that you have a table to put your bread on! Remember, you are fortunate – someone else doesn't have these little luxuries. Don't take anything for granted. You are lucky.
9. Stop allowing criticism from others to get you down
When someone compliments us, we don't remember it. When they criticise us, we have sleepless nights trying to figure out how we can fix it! Accept that it is just one person's opinion – take what you need, and move on. Don't allow it to control you otherwise you'll just end up losing getting yourself down and it's just not worth it.
10. Realize that you have a choice to be positive today
It's a simple intention you set for yourself each day. When you open your eyes in the morning, make it your intention to say "Today is a great day!".
Remember, it's up to you to create our own experience.