It is great to form good habits. It is also important to have habits that serve a purpose.
I believe in the law of attraction, particularly in your thoughts. There is biblical scripture about it as well. There are some things that I do to enforce that. I have a few tips that I feel keep my thoughts positive.
Life is unpredictable and there will be days that will challenge you. Everyday won’t be perfect, but it is important to not allow your thoughts to linger in a dark place. Often I use a few little reminders to keep my thoughts positive.
I like to make my passwords means something to me as a little reminder of something I want to accomplish or a goal I have set for myself. It could also be the name of a country you have always wanted to visit as a reminder to yourself to plan for your dream vacation. As you will be logging in many different devices and/or programs, this is a perfect opportunity to repetitively introduce positive language into your mind.
I love journaling. It is a way to organize your thoughts, brainstorm ideas, or just doodle and have fun. I have a daily gratitude journal and I write down the things I am thankful for in it. It is small enough to carry with me, so when something happens that I am particularly thankful for, I write it down.
Public Displays of Intention
I love inspirational quotes. I display them in my office and in my home, but I don’t like for them to be completely obvious to everyone else. Sometime I display them in different languages or in some code that only I can understand, but they serve a purpose for me. They remind me to keep my goals in mind throughout the day and to stay positive.
The most important thing is to have periodic reminders to ourselves to not only look for the positive in all things, but to not lose sight of our goal and to to be in a constant state of gratitude and growth.
There are times when you question what’s appropriate. The way we dress, act, and everything else is sometimes based on what we feel is appropriate. We sometimes go against what we love and desire to fit into some predetermined guidelines. I personally feel like personal happiness should play a major role in your decision making.
My seven-year-old son wanted to wear flip-flops, a polo shirt, jeans, and a tie to go out to eat. At first I thought that my cute little boy would look strange in this getup. After considering the time and effort he had put into planning the outfit and actually tying the tie himself, I let him wear it. I let him wear it because it made him happy. My decision was confirmed by the multitude of compliments he received at the restaurant. He got so much attention for his little ensemble. He was so pleased with himself. I also bragged to the diners that he had also tied the tie himself and they were even more impressed. My son had the biggest smile on his face. I even got a few compliments for allowing him express himself.
Now there are times when you have to look out for your best interests. I wouldn’t have allowed my son to wear flip-flops on a cold and rainy night, but I had no problem with his outfit as long as it didn’t harm him or anyone else. The fact that it made him so happy was an added bonus. We did get a few looks from some people, but my son’s main concern was that he was wearing what he wanted.
I would like to challenge all of us to do something that makes you happy regardless of how inappropriate it may be considered to be. As long as you are not hurting yourself or anyone else, it is appropriate.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham