I won the Most Enthusiastic Award in second grade, so I come by my career as a motivational speaker honestly. Back when I was eight, I had to ask my mother if being named Most Enthusiastic was a good thing or a bad thing, to which she replied, “Teeter, that’s a VERY good thing. Someday you’ll appreciate it.” Ma was like me: a single mother working her tail off as an entrepreneur in order to provide for her precocious daughter.
Now that I am essentially enthusiastic for a living, I totally get why staying positive is not only good for your health but also good for business. (As we know, people refer to and buy from people they like.) I thought I’d share some seemingly silly but ultimately incredibly powerful tools you can use to feel better and do more every day.
By the Bed
Have your current Statement of Intention on an index card near your bed so you can read it and charge up your vision every morning and evening.
Write in a notebook or your Gratitude Journal just a few words every day that take you out of your head and into your heart for even a few moments.
Read an actual book before you go to sleep, preferably one that motivates you, inspires you, or taps into your imagination.
In the Car
Create a positive road experience through your conscious driving (turn signals are your friends, people), chilled-out approach (opt for calming music over upsetting news!) and even your bumper stickers! (I have one that says, “What Are You Grateful For?")
Install a CarMoji in the back window to acknowledge kind gestures from those around you. It’s a light-up smiley face emoji you can activate with a remote control when someone is considerate. And no, thank goodness, they don’t make any with angry faces.
On Your Phone
Change the label on your alarm to say something affirming, starting every day out in a positive way (Mine says, “Good morning, Gorgeous!” for the first alarm, and “Create an amazing day!” for the snooze alarm.)
Change your wallpaper image to one that makes you smile each and every time. When you grow tired of it, change it up to another pic that boosts your mood.
On Your Body
Wear accessories (jewelry, scarves, ties) that have some supportive meaning to you, whether it’s heart earrings, palm tree necktie, or a mantra bracelet.
Stamp your skin with empowering temporary tattoos to remind you of your awesomeness! (While wearing my “Do It Now” tattoo earlier this week, I finished a major writing project. Coincidence? I think not.)
Let your clothes do the talking for you. Instead of wearing that boring workout shirt to the gym next time, think about wearing something inspiring instead. I’ve got a half-dozen tanks adorned with positive messages. It makes me feel stronger while putting a smile on the faces of those sweating around me. My current favorite is “The force is strong with this one”. (RIP, Leia. May the Force be with you.)
In the Home
Don’t settle for your Wi-fi network being named cg235nsk456lxhs. You have the power to change your router name, so change it to something that makes you happy. My current router name is “LifeIsGood”. Because it IS. (One of my all time favorite network names I saw was “YOU SHALLL NOT PASSSS!” I don’t know who owned that, but I want to buy that person a beer at the Prancing Pony.)
Among the magnets, kid art, coupons and family photos, leave some room on your refrigerator door for your vision board! Even better, add positive quotes or other inspiring messages as well. Every time you open that door, you’ll get a shot of positive mojo that will remind you of how utterly fabulous you are.
Tape another copy of your current Statement of Intention on your desktop monitor to continue to remind yourself of what you are working towards. You can also add meaningful quotes, pictures of your dream home, specific financial goals or anything else that will keep nudging you closer to your fullest potential.
What other simple but powerful ways can you bring more positivity into your life? If out of sight means out of mind, then within sight must mean that it will also be in our minds. And when strong messages of empowerment, encouragement and compassion are in our minds, we make better choices in support of ourselves and those around us. The small steps we take today help us manifest the big changes we create over time.
What words surround you? What can you do to mindfully bathe in power and positivity?
Theresa Rose is a business motivational speaker, award-winning author and expert on mindful productivity who helps organizations and their teams have more time, get more done, earn more money and have more fun. For more information, visit TheresaRose.com.