1 of 8 Ways Positive People Improve Other People’s Outlook

1 of 8 Ways Positive People Improve Other People’s Outlook

“Positive people help to remove or subdue stress,

improving your outlook and your health.”

~ Tom Corely quote

The above quote is from this post by Tom Corley. In his post, he’s talking about toxic people and then contrasts them with positive people. He suggests we surround ourselves with other positive people.

Tom’s post got me thinking… there are at least 8 ways positive people help other people’s outlook on life. (I’m guessing they’re more than eight… maybe you can add some.)

Rather than overwhelm you with all eight right now, the rest will come to you one every day for the next eight days. Little bites to consider.

There’s every chance that none of us will be good at all eight – even if we are pursuing positivity. No worries. Optimists always know there’s room for improvement.

Here we go:

#1 of 8 Ways Positive People Help Other People’s Outlook

1 – Positive People acknowledge the truth and manage the overflow.

There are some truly overwhelming events which cause ripples of anxiety, fear, pain and doubt in every life. Not every happening is good.

A positive person can see and determine the truth in these events while (eventually) putting a plan in place to handle each ripple.

These plans help other people’s outlook because everyone feels better when there’s a plan. A direction or plan adds a feeling of hope. Positive people find hope even in the worst circumstances.

Is finding hope in a difficult circumstance one of your strengths?

If you can acknowledge the truth, make plans to manage the overflow and find hope… you might be a positive person!

Are you a positive person? Positive people help to remove or subdue stress,improving your outlook and your health.

 

A Real Dream Needs A Real Plan

A Real Dream Needs A Real Plan

We all have dreams, don’t we?  But are our finances in line with our dreams?

If you are going to have a real dream, you need a real plan.

~ Chris Hogan quote

Chris Hogan is a representative of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace program and helps spread Dave’s message of financial hope to audiences everywhere.

Even if you find talking about finances and budgeting an uncomfortable subject, gathering financial wisdom and putting it into practice can be a powerful tool on the way to your dream!

What needs to happen in your financial life as you meet goals and work toward your dream?

If you are going to have a real dream, you need a real plan.

If you are going to have a real dream, you need a real plan.

Optimists know it’s OK to say NO

Optimists know it’s OK to say NO

Optimists know it’s OK to say “No.” 

Don’t let yourself believe that being a positive person means you need to be a “yes-person”.

Though “yes” is a powerful way to navigate life, there are also times where a well-placed “no” is completely appropriate for an optimist.

Positive people say “no” to:

  • being stingy
  • impulse buying
  • being comfortable in their career
  • going it alone
  • hating their job
  • believing in fate
  • staring mindlessly at the TV
  • being goal-less
  • fear
  • letting emotions reign over behavior
  • eating mindlessly
  • and more – this is the article that inspired me!

I have a friend who uses a humorous response when he doesn’t want to participate. He says, “Count me out!” And then he smiles, because he’s not being negative, but rather leaving the space, funds and time for those activities which align with his chosen values.

What are you currently saying “no!” to?

What would make you healthier, wealthier and wiser if you did say “NO!”?

Optimists know it is OK to say NO

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A Budget Tells Your Money Where to Go

A Budget Tells Your Money Where to Go

Budget. (Is that a difficult word?) 

Dave Ramsey has focused for years on providing options for those who want to have peace with what some call the “money monster”.

Our family has a favorite classic movie called  “My Man Godfrey”. We often reference one part when we talk about money…. if you’re in a hurry then skip to minute 1:03 (And if you can’t see the video player – try this link directly to YouTube.)

We are joking, of course, when we reference money as the “Frankenstein Monster”. Well… sort of.

Anyway.

Budgeting is one part of that peace with money. But not all of us see the idea of budgeting as a positive idea.

How about you? Are you comfortable with working within the boundaries of a budget? Whether it’s an old-fashioned pen on paper, a spreadsheet, or an app, have you found a way to:

  1. Write down your total income.
  2. List your expenses.
  3. Subtract your expenses from your income.
  4. Track your spending to see if your spending is aligning to your plan.

These four steps are expanded here. And there’s an app for that budgeting idea also. I’m sure there are many ways to make and follow a budget… just try searching for “How to make a budget.” and you’ll be reading for quite a while.

I think the last part of this quote by Dave Ramsey is poignant:

A budget is telling your money where to go… instead of wondering where it went.

If you wonder where your money went at the end of the month – or when you fill out your income tax forms – perhaps it’s time to discover – or re-discover – what working with a budget might feel like. Maybe it won’t be as bad as you might think?

How do you feel about using a budget?

A budget is telling your money where to go

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Use Money As a Tool

Use Money As a Tool

Do you know what you really want? I’m referring to the things you want to own, the places you want to visit, the activities you’d like to invest in, etc.

Consider: If you were to make a list of these items and divide them into three columns,  “must have”, “should have”, and “be nice to have”, what would the ratio be? 30/30/40  or 80/10/10 or…

I challenge you to try this exercise. You might be surprised. And I’m guessing that if you looked at your list when it’s complete, you might replace some of the words with other words, and you might erase some items all together.Use Money as a Tool - A list exercise - download a pdf to explore your wants

Here’s a little PDF to download with those three columns – click HERE – and print!

Why am I suggesting this activity?

Too often we have these unspecified “wants” floating around in our head, and it leads to feeling dissatisfied with where we currently are.

Here are 3 ways you might combat that feeling of dissatisfaction:

From reading and experience, I’m realizing that

  1. defining your needs versus wants,
  2. learning positive personal finance habits,
  3. and being thankful for exactly what I have right now

are powerful tools in the fight to feel a positive movement forward in finances. Am I there right now? Nope. But I’m progressing.

Personal Finance: It isn’t about getting rich. Learning personal finance is about using money as a tool to get what you actually want.

What about personal finance “teachers” or models?

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace program is a valuable tool to move forward in your personal finances.

I receive an email every day from an accountant who focuses on Rich Habits. He describes what he has discovered after years of researching the daily success habits of his wealthiest clients  Nothing he suggests is woo-woo or get-rich-quick, rather the habits he suggests are quite logical and do-able for anyone at any age or stage. I’ve also read a couple of his easy-to-read books. I’m guessing it’s nothing we’ve not heard before, but he does have a very down-to-earth way of stating things. And his habits encompass much more than doing stuff with dollars and cents. But it all makes sense.

Do you have any personal finance people you’ve learned from and would recommend?

Could you share what you like about those people/programs? This is an area in which I’d like to grow in a positive way, and maybe your recommendation could add value to all of us! Please leave a comment!

However, just to be clear, security does not come from money, rather we should seek God’s wisdom.

Those who trust in their riches will fall,
 but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

Proverbs 11:28 NIV

Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, 

for wisdom is more precious than rubies,  and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Proverbs 8:10,11

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No One Becomes Poor By Giving

No One Becomes Poor By Giving

No one has ever become poor by giving.

Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who spent two years in hiding during the Second World War, had many wise insights. This quote is from “The Diary of a Young Girl” a book published from her diary in 1947. As a girl born into a practicing Jewish family, Anne would have been familiar with the Old Testament concept of tithing – giving a 10th of everything to God. (Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18:21-24) Of giving thanks to God with what they had  – Deuteronomy 14:22-27, and giving to the poor every third year – Deuteronomy 14:28-29. The Jews were taught that they would prosper if they tithed. Jesus and His disciples expanded on giving by suggesting we should give anonymously, voluntarily, expectantly, with joy and thanksgiving, and to raise our own sense of why we give. 

In addition, science has data to support the idea of giving or altruism as a good way to improve our lives:

And then there are the intangible benefits like feeling thankful for what you have, connection to something greater than yourself, and setting a good example for the next generation.

The act of giving provides much more than the little we give away. 

Consider what you’re giving now.

Do you want to feel happier, healthier, have better relationships, provide a greater example of good, become connected to something greater than you are and be even more thankful?

Maybe it’s time to add to what you give away…

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