Remind yourself of what is going right
So often at work, in business, and in life, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves and let the negative things bring us down. It’s good to strive to improve our lives and ourselves, but if we only focus on the negatives and our weaknesses, then this will lead to problems like anxiety, low self-esteem, and low motivation levels.
Unfortunately, we generally find it easier to focus on the negatives than the positives, even when there’s a good balance of the two. Think about the weather in the UK as an example. We’re pretty well known for complaining about the weather here, as it’s often cold, grey, and rainy. Then, when it comes to summer, we complain that it’s too hot! When the sun finally arrives, we forget about the positives we’ve been waiting so long for and focus on the discomfort that the heat can cause.
For any aspect of your life, whether that’s your career, family, or the weather, take a few moments to focus on what’s going right every now and again. This can give you a fresh perspective on things and help to boost your mood among other benefits.
Here are some questions to help you reflect on what’s going right in your life right now:
- What can you celebrate?
- What are you grateful for you in your life?
- What’s the most important thing to you in life at the moment – or your career?
- What do you do on a daily basis that brings a smile to your face?
- What do people compliment you on? What do they recognise about you?
It has been found that people who practice gratitude every day experience numerous benefits to their psychological and physical well-being. You can start this daily gratitude practice by simply listing things in your mind that you’re grateful for, perhaps on your commute to work or when lying in bed before going to sleep.
So often we get caught up in the day-to-day and we forget to reflect on some of these simple, but powerful, aspects of our lives. Share what’s going right in your life by tweeting @SarahJ_Coaching.