Get Positive — One Step At a Time!

“Kelvin, are you real?  How do you stay so positive?”  “I knew you’d have a positive take on this for me. Thanks!”  “I’m glad I saw you; I needed my Kelvin fix…”  “You’re just naturally positive…”  I get that all the time! I love it.

Truth be told, however, I’m not just naturally positive — at least I wasn’t in the beginning. I used to be grumpy; I used to always wait for the other shoe to drop.  But I changed.  I became positive, first, by decision, and by choice.  And over the years I’ve conditioned myself to cultivate my positive outlook!

Anthony Robbins says, “nothing in life has any meaning, except the meaning you give it. So you can choose to give life a meaning that empowers you, rather than cripples you.”   Zig Ziglar says that “positive thinking won’t let you do everything; but it will be let you do anything better than negative thinking will.

So how did I do it?  Here’s the short list of what you can do to become a more positive person, if you want to.

1. DECIDE!
Yes. DECIDE to be positive. How many happy, negative people do you know? Choose to be positive, uplifting and forward looking, and your life will change immediately. Make the decision to do what you need to do, to cultivate your winning attitude and mindset.

2. Turn off the news ! All of it.
I took a challenge — maybe it was a dare — about 30 years ago to stop listening to the news — radio, tv and newspapers. We are assaulted daily with all the bad news there is from around the WORLD.  You wouldn’t sit and consent for someone to constantly hit you with a stick; it would hurt.  It will have an effect on your attitude.  The NEWS is a stick; a constant barrage of negative delivered with intensity and emotion, 99% of which you have zero ability to affect.  Turn off the news, and tune in to your own power.

3. Positive People — Period
Birds of a feather flock together. It’s hard to fly with the eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys. Associate with people who love life and who focus on the possibilities in life — not the liabilities in life. Seek them out! If you need help finding some, follow my Twitter stream or tune in to http://www.facebook.com/intenselypositive.  Those are good starts :-)

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Motivation, the Other White Meat

Hello! your awesomeness!!   I say that a lot, because most people are way more awesome than they give themselves credit for, and people won’t usually know how awesome they are until someone tells them.  Be sure to tell them if you know someone who is.  Of course, all my Vitamin K readers are awesome, and I assume anyone taking the time and attention to read these posts is also awesome — birds of a feather, you know.

MOTIVATION — the other white meat!  It’ll make you climb mountains, run races, run into burning buildings, jump out of perfectly good airplanes! It’ll keep your nose to the grindstone, keep you focused on a task, make you step outside your comfort zone, if it’s strong enough.

Last week I just thought I’d ask our Vitamin K readers how they stay motivated.  I’m publishing the responses I received.  Maybe you’ll identify with some of their responses, or you can add what motivates YOU in the comments.  Your words may give someone else a new perspective.

I’ll start it off.  I’m a motivator. I believe we have power over our own lives and the power to make positive changes.  I read and listen to positive things, associate primarily with positive, forward moving people.  I STAY grateful.  One of my greatest joys is receiving positive responses from my writing and know that I’ve helped another person feel better about themselves and life.  THIS keeps a tiger in my tank ;-)

Peg Haust-Arliss, Central New York
“I know my leverage. For me I think of the consequences of NOT staying focused not going for my goals and dreams. What will the result be then? Pretty scary!  I also know my “big why” Why do I want this goal? What is my real intention. I use my vision board daily and I pay it forward daily to keep momemtum going.” Read more about Motivation, the Other White Meat