Manufacture Your Day by BELIEVING IN YOURSELF
Life can be tough at times and certain circumstances can really knock you down. If you don’t have supportive people around you, it can become very difficult.
Unfortunately there will be always parents, teachers, bosses, co-workers who are really good telling you what you can’t do. They may not know any better but they put you down rather than lift you up.
That’s reality and we all have to learn how to deal with it. Taking a more positive approach to challenging situations definitely helps. I do my best to tune out negative voices and have conversations with people who believe in me and my abilities.
Having said this, not everyone is like me and likes to talk things through. There are also people who are very private, maybe introverts and they don’t necessarily like to share what they are going through.
If this sounds like you, here are 3 things you can do:
1. Make sure to have some “me time”:
Do something alone that you enjoy doing (avoid screen time) to recharge your batteries – sports, dancing, singing, playing music, listening to music, working on a home or craft project, working on your car or in the garden. “Me time” is awesome to reflect and rejuvenate, and it will also help you to shift the focus of your mind.
2. Read more books:
Reading is so important and can spark creativity, positivity and inspiration. I truly believe there is a lot of magic in reading a good book. I enjoy biographies and books on how to better my life.
3. Practise positive self-talk:
Even if you don’t like to talk as much to other people, there is definitely a lot of chatter going on in your head. Are you aware of this little voice? What kind of story are you telling yourself about yourself and others? If it is negative self-talk, become more aware and change the story.
Do you know what I love most about my work? I think I have the ability to see more in people than they can see in themselves. Sometimes this is all it takes.
I encourage you to lift people to new heights. It will be a win-win for everyone involved.
Finally I would like to close with a little inspirational story:
The Deaf Frog
“Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs… who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.
A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants….
The race began….
No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower.
You heard statements such as:
“Oh, this is way too difficult.”
“They will never make it to the top.”
“Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!”
The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one….
Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher….
The crowd continued to yell, “It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!”
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up….
But ONE continued higher and higher and higher….
This one wouldn’t give up!
At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!
Then all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?
A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?
It turned out that the winner was DEAF!!!!
The wisdom of this story is:
Never listen to other people’s tendencies to be negative or pessimistic….. because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you — the ones you have in your heart!
Always think of the power words have.
Be DEAF when people tell YOU that you cannot fulfill your dreams!”
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
How easily do you allow yourself to become discouraged and give up on your dreams? Do you even allow yourself to dream?
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