1. Appreciate everything around you! People often want appreciation from others. Instead, start to appreciate everything around you, for example:
– How easy it is to get healthy food and our unlimited supply of drinkable water
– Your health and fitness.
– The people around you. Your friends, family, co-workers and any strangers you walk by everyday
– A good TV-show, a movie or a song on the radio
– A good conversation.
– The roof over your head and the clothes you wear.
– All the great things you can find online (including my blog of course!)
– Yourself. If look closely, there is a lot to appreciate about yourself (this is a tough one for most people)
These are just a few things you can be grateful for, I’m sure you can think of many more! Practice doing this everyday, even write a few things down when you wake up or before you go to bed (keep a Gratitude Journal). It’s a quick way to turn a bad mood into a more positive and productive one. Just try if for a minute and see how it changes the way you feel. It’s a win/win situation and I promise you, more people will want to be around you if you appreciate them more and think this way!
3. Self educate and explore yourself!
This is something I am constantly doing. Whether I want to learn more about myself, the people I interact with, the fitness industry, my business, areas of my life that I want to improve on, I take responsibility and seek out the resources that I think will help me become better! This is one of the keys to a better life! We can never possibly know everything so it is so important to constantly look for ways to educate ourselves. One of the best things I ever did to learn more about myself emotionally and spiritually was to do a 200 hour hatha yoga teacher training program. It was one of the most intense 8 months of my life but the end results have changed the way I view myself and the world around me. I have become much more self aware and kinder to myself and those around me. I am also constantly looking to learn more about my career in fitness, whether it is related to programming for my clients, nutrition information, injury treatment and prevention, how to improve someone’s behavioural patterns, etc. I’ve read books, articles, attended seminars, talked with experts, and I have also learned a lot through my own self discovery. I still have so much to learn, I am a lifelong learner! Find out what area of your life needs improving and start to seek out the resources that will help you to achieve what you’re looking for! This is also a great way to get to know yourself better and understand why you think, feel and do – or don’t do – the things you do. And knowing yourself better – and other people too, since we share so much that make us alike – is pretty useful if you want to improve your life and lives of other’s too.
5. Improve your social skills!
This is such a big part of my life! Not only is my job VERY social but when I am not at work I surround myself with many different group of friends! So much of the happiness, value and fun in life comes from my interactions, experiences and relationships with other people. Improving those interactions and your communication skills can greatly improve your life. Sometimes, when we spend too much time alone that we become overwhelmed by our thoughts (and most times the negative ones and those feelings lead us to feeling more self conscious!) so if we surround ourselves with positive people we can focus our attention outward. Most people have a hard time living in the present as they are too preoccupied thinking about what happened yesterday, or last week or last year OR they are worried about what will happen tomorrow, next week or next year. We must practice focusing on what is happening right now! If you can’t enjoy the present moment, when will you be able to enjoy the future? This is the joy of having great friends and a busy social life!
To all my positive friends and followers out there, do you have any other tips to share that can help someone who is looking to live a more positive life?