Attitude: 5 ways to keep it positive

Lift yourself above the mundane

1. Goals. Goals. Goals.

Make them. Read them. Achieve them.

Firstly ensure you have written down what you want to achieve this month/this week/today. Secondly, read through your goals every morning before your day gets started. Be sure to do something every day towards your goals, be it a phone call, an email or some research. You will very soon see the difference.

Goals are dreams with deadlines.

 2. Support system

Surround yourself only with positive, supportive people. Happiness breeds happiness and negativity breeds, ……well you know what. On social media and in person, just mix with people who inspire you, support you and give you the inclination to help them too.

The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere – Dale Carnegie

3. Rewards

Promise yourself rewards every step of the way. Be it a biscuit with your coffee when you get a difficult morning task out of the way, a celebratory afternoon off for gaining an important order or an investment in art when you achieve a big milestone.

Tough days don't last very long, but tough people do.

4. Drink in the good news

Avoid the news and newspapers and just keep abreast of what’s going on with the world through headlines and social media.  Instead, substitute for inspiring biographies, magazine articles and blog posts keeping the really good ones handy to read again and again.

You can only have one thought at a time so make it a positive one.

5. Remember the good times

Print out a copy of your biggest order to date/press coverage/testimonials and pop up in front of you. Update your ‘good news notice board’ regularly and whenever you need to remind yourself why you are doing this, take a good long look and remember how good the success felt. Now get that feeling again.(See Rewards, above)

You can hit a target you can see.