If you find yourself feeling negative about many aspects of your life, you have to realize that only you have the power to overcome the negativity and bring a new optimism into your life. While it does take some time and effort, each baby step you take towards optimism is a step away from negativity. Becoming an optimist is a process that takes small steps, not big leaps. If you want to succeed, you must take it little by little. When you start a new way of thinking, it is imperative that you bite off manageable chunks rather than biting off more than you can chew and getting discouraged. Taking it slow and little by little keeps you motivated, flushed with success, and able to continue with your transformation with fewer setbacks and disappointments. Using small, attainable goals is the most efficient and least stressful way to start your journey to optimism.
The first step you should take is to smile. As simple as it sounds, a smile on your face is a magnet for positive energy and good outcomes. Negativity is just as contagious as positivity and being the downer in the room is a huge turn off to family, clients, friends, and even strangers. Being the light, happy person in the room encourages optimism in everyone you come into contact with, especially you!
Secondly, find a way to be grateful for everything in your life. Don’t be envious about the things you don’t have, don’t be jealous of your friend’s car or your boss’s house. Drop your jealous and envious feelings and turn that energy into positivity. You have the ability to do great things if you are optimistic and go through life with an attitude of gratitude and positivity! Be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life. You have a job, friends, a home, transportation, and all the other things you have that make your life better. Even when you fail, feel gratitude for the chance you had to learn how to do better next time. Each failure is a life lesson that can lead to greater success! Taking the time to count your blessings will help develop your new optimistic attitude.
Look for ways to build up others, rather than be critical of them. When you look for the best in others, they often see the best in you, as well. Being positive about others’ abilities and attributes spreads your sense of optimism and confidence within your whole circle of friends, family, and colleagues. If you find yourself being critical of others or even yourself, find a way to use that energy to make yourself better. Read a book, take a walk, or volunteer to help a charity. The more you better yourself, the more you will see the good in others and yourself, increasing your optimism in the meantime!
Of all the baby steps you can take to help yourself become the optimist that you know you want to be and can be, exercising is one of the most important. There are many reasons why exercising leads to optimism. First, when you exercise, you release endorphins. These are the body’s natural “feel good” biochemical that elevate mood, decrease pain and stress, and generally make us feel better. When exercising, the release of these hormones makes you feel more positive and upbeat, ready to face anything. If you combine exercise with some of the other positivity building ideas outlined above, you become an optimism machine that cranks out zest for life, hope for the future, and contentment in the present.
Just taking these little steps day after day, you will see a real change in your outlook and attitude. Optimism is a process that can be accomplished with baby steps, motivation, and effort.