Are you looking forward to the week ahead and what’s possible for your creative business?
This week’s Monday Motivation Mantra is Think Positive.
Studies have shown that thinking positive can have tremendous healthy benefits like:
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Building a business is stressful! Anything you can do to help manage the overwhelm and stress and to increase productivity is worth giving a try, isn’t it?
It might feel easier said than done when the weight of your business is bearing down on you on a Monday morning.
What can you do to start thinking positive?
First, remember this is a practice. It’s not about adding more to do your to do list or getting it right, it’s about tapping into your inner well of faith and optimism on a daily basis.
Second, smile more. Remember how last week I shared that you should write your mantra in your journal and/or on a sticky note to post on your bathroom mirror? What if you printed out the image above and taped it in various places around your home/workspace? Everytime you see it, smile. A smile instantly boosts your mindset and it’s almost impossible to think negatively when you are smiling. Or try watching humorous YouTube posts for a boost a few times a week.
Third, reframe your thoughts. Here’s a great example from John Hopkins Medicine: Instead of stressing about a traffic jam, for instance, appreciate the fact that you can afford a car and get to spend a few extra minutes listening to music or the news, accepting that there is absolutely nothing you can do about the traffic.
Fourth, practice positive self-talk. The Mayo Clinic suggests, “Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you. Think about things you’re thankful for in your life.
Finally, my favorite way to think positive is to celebrate the small wins. It can be easy to forget how far you have come when there is still so far to go when growing your creative business. It’s important to pause and reflect on what is going right and what you have accomplished. You can do this by sharing your celebrations, big or small, in our Facebook group Productivity for Creative Entrepreneurs here. It’s no fun to celebrate alone, let’s do a happy dance together.
Here’s to a productive and positive week!
P.S. Want even more motivation and productivity tips? Need more accountability for getting things done? Join us in our free Facebook group: Productivity for Creative Business Owners