~ Diahana Barnes
How would you like a fun, easy and simple way to increase your energy and create positive change in your life? Instead of taking life day by day and just getting by, you'll find that your life can truly be exceptional when you focus on positive thoughts instead of negative constraints or challenges.
This 10-Day Positive Thinking Challenge is derived a bit from, “The Seven Day Mental Diet” by Emmet Fox, one of the most popular self-help authors and speakers of the early 20th century.
Here are the rules:
- If you break any of the other rules, you must start the 10 days over from the beginning. To get the full effect, you must complete 10 consecutive days. Thinking Positive thoughts and giving up negative thoughts might feel a bit like giving up a drug; you'll want to stop completely, or you have not truly quit.
- Take a minimum of 5 minutes each day to focus on the Positive. Ideally, the time would be longer but five minutes should be enough time to reap the benefits and get yourself in a positive state of mind. Ideas include, writing down what you’re grateful for, sending someone a random thank you note, recognizing nature, beauty, good in the world, etc.
- If negativity tries to creep in, focus on solutions. If a negative thought tries to sneak into your thoughts try to catch yourself and immediately start contemplating possible solutions. Spend your time solving your challenges instead of focusing on them.
- If you're like most people, you've probably had the same challenges for quite a while without resolution. It's time to focus on the positive and try something else instead of dwelling on what's wrong.
The concept is simple, easy and fun and when you dedicate time to it each day will be truly rewarding. Sometimes we tend to think that worrying helps in some way. It really doesn’t help, just increases stress and promotes negative energy and likely results in your worrying about a lot of things for a long time without any improved results.
When you're faced with a negative thought (and there will be many!), the best response is to think to yourself, "How can I solve or improve this challenge?"The point is to immediately begin focusing on solutions. When you ask a good question, you’ll receive good answers.
Over the 10 days, you’ll begin to form a habit of positive thinking - immediately recognizing a negative mental state and then focusing on positive self-loving solutions. If you continue the process after the 10 days are completed, you’ll develop an amazing positive thinking habit that might just increase your energy, self-awareness and joy in your life.
Here are a few ideas on positive questions you can ask yourself and focus on for five minutes each day:
- What's great about today?
- What do I like the most about this?
- What am I most proud of?
- What am I most looking forward to?
- What am I grateful for right now?
- How can I positively touch someone else’s life today
- How can I share kindness today?
- How can I be compassionate?
- How can I share love?
If you're filling your mind with positive thoughts, there's no room for the negativity. And since we can only consciously think about one thing at a time, making the most out of your thoughts really matters.
Try this 10-day adventure and see if it doesn't change your life. You'll be so amazed at the results! So start this process today and change your life for the better.
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Diahana Barnes, Simply Grace
Mom. Certified Health Coach.
Corporate Woman. Small Business Owner.
Diahana loves coffee (and a newly found favorite - tea), spending the day at the beach with family, and her iPad Mini! She loves to read, coaching others, being a cheerleader and being a positive influence to everyone around her.
Her formal bio includes a Master's Degree in Organizational Management & Development, eLearning Certification, Health Coaching certification while currently authoring a book called, "Design Your Bliss at Work and at Home".
She also has over 20 years of experience in the Corporate sector, working in the technology industry in training & development, sales strategy, marketing, and communications. She has been a speaker for the ASTD, Training Magazine, eLearnting Guild and the Learning Consortium.