1. Start with 15 minutes of positive input:
It's easier to achieve and maintain a positive attitude if you already have a
"library" of positive thoughts in your head. This will give you a lot of great inspiration to draw upon throughout your day. Start each day by reading your Bible, an inspirational book, or an positive thought. Also listen to encouraging music as you get ready for your day and on your commute.
2. Tie your work to your life's goals:
Always remember that there's
a deeper reason why you go to work and why you chose your current role.
Maybe it's to support your family, to change the world in some way, to help your
customers, to make a difference: Whatever the deeper motivation, remind yourself
that today is an opportunity to accomplish part of that deeper
and more important goal.
3. Use your commute wisely:
Most people waste their commute time. In
fact, your commute time is the perfect time to get yourself pumped up for the
day, and there's no better way to do this than to listen to music that truly
inspires you and gets you in the right mood.
4. Put a smile on your face:
I've mentioned this one before, but it really works. Even if you're not completely feeling it, stick a smile on your face anyway. It doesn't matter if it feels fake or silly. Research has shown that
even the most forced of smiles genuinely reduces stress and makes you
5. Express a positive mood:
When most people are asked questions like "How are you?"
or "What's up?"- they typically say something neutral like "I'm OK" or maybe even something negative,
like "Hangin' in there." Instead we should say something positive and enthusiastic, like:
"Fantastic!" or "I'm having a wonderful day!" This will help program your brain for positivity.
Do the important things first:
If you will go ahead and do the important things on your list first, you'll
get more done, get better results, and reduce some of the stress you feel by putting those things off until later.
7. Avoid negative people.
You may not be able to avoid all negative people, but you can try to find something else to
do when they start complaining. Surrounding yourself with negativity will only bring down your own mood; so start surrounding yourself with positivity and watch your week improve.
8. Don't work long hours.
Working long hours, after a short burst of productivity, actually make
you less productive.
9. Wind down and relax.
Once you're done with the workday, fill the remainder of your hours with
nonwork-related activities that bring you joy and help you relax.
10. End your day with 15 minutes of gratitude.
Exercising your "gratitude" is the best way
to make certain that you experience more success. Before you go to sleep, record everything that happened during the
day about which you are grateful.
You'll sleep better and be ready for tomorrow--which will probably be even
more fabulous than today.