Sticky Positive Thoughts

Sticky Positive Thoughts

What sticks in your brain? Have you ever heard a melody and it kept going ’round and ’round in your head for the rest of the day (or night)? If you like the song, then that’s OK – but if you don’t… well, it can drive you batty!

And it’s the same with our thoughts. Sometimes the thoughts we think are helpful for our behavior, and sometimes they aren’t.

Wouldn’t it be good to have sticky positive thoughts going ’round our head rather than those stinky negative ones?

Sticky Positive Thoughts

Let’s get some sticky positive thoughts into our brains… Do any of these resonate with you?

  1. I’m loved and wanted.
  2. My time will come – I can be happy when others succeed.
  3. God supplies all my needs.
  4. I am able and capable. I can.
  5. If I fail, I’ll fail forward.
  6. Positivity is my first choice.
  7. I’m thankful for all things.
  8. I have a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
  9. My goals are my focus – I don’t play the comparison game.
  10. If I’ve learned something then I’ve succeeded.
  11. Stopping to smell the roses is a joy in my life.
  12. When I give, I do it with my whole heart.
  13. Excellence is my calling.
  14. The peace of the Risen One abides with me.
  15. Challenges are opportunities to grow and improve.
  16. Feelings are not facts – I stop and think before I speak and act.
  17. I have all the time I need.
  18. Being organized is fun.
  19. I have hope for the future.
  20. I have great value.
  21. I’m thankful for now – I can see the joy in today.
  22. Prayer provides my strength.
  23. I invest in relationships by celebrating the little things.
  24. My waiting is never wasted.
  25. It’s OK to say “no”.

What do you say to yourself to think positive thoughts? Take a couple from the list above and write them down – put them in prominent places around your space to nudge you into optimisic thinking.

(I have three sentences on my night-table. They’re Scripture verses – ones that hold great meaning for me. They adjust my thinking when I find myself sliding into a negative spot.)

Find some sticky Positive Thoughts and nurture an optimistic outlook!

(It can’t hurt, can it?)

Optimism and  Achievement

Optimism and Achievement

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.

Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

What an insightful quote from an amazing woman! I think we all can agree that Helen Keller’s ability to achieve, regardless of the social era and her physical challenges, is startling.

  • she was the first blind and deaf person to earn a bachelors degree in 1904
  • authored 12 books, an autobiography, and numerous articles
  • the originator of a non-profit foundation and a prominent role in the American Foundation for the Blind
  • a political and social activist
  • world traveler and speaker – visiting and speaking in more than 35 countries
  • reading English, French, Greek, and Latin in braille
  • received the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • and more… (including being friends with Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin, and Mark Twain and meeting /conversing with 10 presidents.)

Just ponder these power words from her quote on optimism:

  • faith
  • achievement
  • hope
  • confidence

Helen Keller‘s life embodied these words! Read her biography and letters to understand more about her achievements.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.

What do you need to do to feel a sense of achievement?

How’s your sense of hope?

What’s your confidence level on a scale of 1 to 10?

Optimism = the quality of being full of hope and emphasizing the good parts of a situation, or a belief that something good will happen.

Cambridge Dictionary

Find your optimism for what you need to achieve – and your hope and confidence will follow!

Achieving a goal.

I’m working on a goal. Am I confident I’ll achieve it? Hmm… I do hope so! Over the next 30 days (April 2019) I’m participating in a writing challenge and if I look at all Helen Keller achieved, I have no excuse whatsoever! So, I’ll adopt her attitude and begin.

Who inspires you?

Perhaps a mentor? Or a historical persona? Do you have people you’d like to emulate?

Leave a comment – let’s inspire each other!

Need more encouragement for achieving a goal? Below are few articles to prompt some optimism – click the links on the images.

Our view shapes our ability.

Our view shapes our ability.

Is it going to work out?

It depends:

Do you think it will?

Our view shapes our ability.


If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.

Henry Ford

I’m not suggesting everything is possible, or everything will happen the way you think it will…

It isn’t. It won’t.

But.

But, if you start with the belief it won’t work out… it probably won’t.

Why? (here are few ideas – I’m guessing you’ll catch my drift.)

  • you won’t keep trying after the first negative, because you’ll feel like you were right about the end result not working.
  • the level of energy you’d bring to the experience will be decidedly less than if you believed it would work out. Why put energy into something you don’t view as possible?
  • chances are, those who would help you… won’t… if you don’t believe it’ll work out. Why should they? All they can hear are your complaints and doubts, and see you giving up.

Optimism shows up to change the game!

This is where optimism shows up to change the game because it changes our view.

And our view shapes our ability. If we believe we can…

We move forward, even if we’ve failed before. We try again if we believe it’s possible.

Others hear us talking about our task succeeding – they see us trying again and again – they experience how we reach out and ask for help… and they’re much more likely to help us!

We renew our energy for the task – by being our own best friend and take care of our self.

Optimism is a tool. Use it!

Optimism doesn’t change the world – but if we USE it as a tool in our own life, then we’ll start seeing the world around us change.

Overwhelmed? Don’t know what to do next? Read this!

Be thankful for the one. It starts with one.

Be thankful for the one. It starts with one.

Be thankful for the one. One step forward, one page written, one child encouraged, one heart strengthened, one person eating well, one bed made, one load of laundry folded, one desire fulfilled, one prayer answered, one smile, one…

Never underestimate the one thing.

Every book began with a page of writing, and every blog began with that first post. A relationship begins with a smile between two people. The knowledgable person began their journey with one item of information. New forests begin with one tree. (I was reminded by this post.) Revolutionary technology begins with an idea. Each business starts with one client.

One. It could be the start of something big!

I’m encouraging you to be thankful for one thing – that first item, or the next one thing on your list. Why? Because it has value. (And yes, I’m talking to myself also.)

It’s so easy to gloss over what you’ve already accomplished because you’re desperately focused on all you have yet to add to your resume.

Consider this tweet from Simon Sinek:

One way to appreciate the “joy of the start” is by being thankful.

Be thankful for the one thing.

I challenge you to write down what you’re thankful for – today. The one thing. Just one thing. What one action have you taken that holds value? (And value is subjective – you decide.) Here are some ideas on how to record it:

  • write it on your bathroom mirror (I like these kids’ washable crayons.)
  • use a sticky note and put it on your microwave (’cause we usually stand in front of it as we count down the seconds)
  • get the 365 gratitude app for your phone

Maybe you already do this “being thankful” in some form? 

If so…  YAY you!  Leave a comment on how you’ve developed being thankful – where do you record it? Do you add those items that you’re accomplishing?

Or leave a comment on what your ONE thing is that you’re thankful for doing today!

Let’s all celebrate – together – taking one action to move forward.

… and then record it again tomorrow.

And the day after.

Consistently.

Until your microwave is filled with sticky notes or your app has 365 notations, or you can’t see yourself in the bathroom mirror anymore because it’s so full of those “one” actions!

Be thankful for the one. It all begins with one thing - one action forward. Consistently. #positivethanksliving #positivity #optimism #thankfulness #gratitude

You can. Yes. It’s just that simple.

Do not wait for the right moment. Do it now.

Do not wait for the right moment. Do it now.

Wait. Hang on. Hold up. Pause.

Why? Why wait?

Will the moment ever be right? And if we’re waiting for that mythical just-right moment, how much will we miss?

(Oh, yeah. I’m preachin’ to the choir here. Waiting is my pass-time. I’ve spent 50+ years practicing the art of waiting. <sigh>)

“Do not wait for the right moment.”

NOW is the right moment.

Or it could be if we don’t let it pass.

Let’s get real here: sometimes it’s just laziness that has us waiting.

Or maybe it’s just me?

Am I the only one who is waiting and it’s not a good thing?

Let’s spark some urgency with a few questions:

Imagine all the good stuff we could miss out on…

  • What won’t be birthed if we wait?
  • Who will be impacted negatively if we pause?
  • Where won’t we go, should we hang back?
  • What won’t we experience if we sit tight?
  • And if not now… then when?

If not now… then when will the “right moment” come?

Probably never.

Take action. Do it NOW!

Imagine if you couldn’t fail – what would you do right now?

What if you could positively impact a whole group of people (or maybe just one precious soul). Where would you take action today?

There are amazing sights, sounds, fragrances and experiences about to be added to your history…

Go!

Do not wait for the right moment. DO IT NOW!

Benjamin Franklin didn’t wait.

I’m participating in a challenge to write every day – in this challenge I’ve also been reading other posts. The second item in a post on Benjamin Franklin sparked my thoughts today, “Benjamin Franklin never waited for the right moment. He took action when he had an idea… ”  I think we’d all agree that he accomplished quite a bit in his life. Right?

You are capable of so much.

Set yourself up for success. Choose something to pursue that will be easy to reach – at least in the beginning. And if you have a large goal in mind, then divide it into smaller bits and pieces. You are capable of SO much!

Do not wait for the mythical right moment - do it now #optimistic #thankful #positivethanksliving

Want to be prompted to be optimistic? #positive #thankful

Forward is forward – your speed is subjective.

Forward is forward – your speed is subjective.

Forward is forward. 

Yes, you need to know your trajectory, but try not to get hung up on your speed. There’s always a pace you’d rather be experiencing, but it might not be what’s really happening. At least right now.

Forward is forward – your speed doesn’t matter.

Speed is personal. What I think is fast might not be fast to you – and vise versa. So, maybe, if we champing at the bit or feeling “less than”, we all need to do a little insight gathering.

What’s insight gathering? It’s reaching out to others to learn on a topic that’s relevant to you both.  It could be formal, or informal. It’s often used in business and marketing. Do you have a group of peers with whom you share? Maybe a little chat is a good thing if you’re hung up on your speed. Just remember – you are unique, so stay away from comparing.

Give yourself a break.

Forward is still moving toward the direction you’ve chosen. Your speed will vary according to the season you’re in… some seasons don’t lend themselves to a fast trajectory. And sometimes, unbeknownst to us, a slower pace will get us further. You may be gathering speed for a future burst!

Graphing your progress – an idea:

I’ve been learning about bullet journaling, and there’s an interesting graph concept used in this process. It shows pace over time… take a look at what I mean when tracking healthy habits or for business tracking.

How have you dealt with moving slower than (you or others) expected in an area? Any advice? 

Leave a comment and share – (see… that’s me, asking for insight! LOL)

Forward is forward - your speed doesn't matter. #positivethanksliving #positivityprompt #optimism #goals

Our inner push to set goals or our outer need for achievement and affirmation can poison our current spot. How to deal with the issue of comparison-itis? Read this… 

Speed is subjective - Forward is forward. #positive #optimistic #goals #thankful #positivethanksliving

Beautiful Destinations

Beautiful Destinations

Beautiful destinations.

We all want to reach that desired outcome, don’t we?

However, how willing are we to travel the bumpy road that’ll lead us there?

Giving up is easy, but giving up rarely leads to where we want to go.

Hang in there – persevere.

Have faith that the road is worth the effort.

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

Do you have a goal you’re pursuing that’s leading you up a difficult road?

Hang onto your vision – that idea of what the end destination will be like. (You have imagined it, haven’t you?) Write it down. Share your struggles and desired end with a trusted friend.  Persevere.

And most of all, notice the difference your struggles are beginning to make in your character.

Yes. It’ll all be worth it. In more ways than you’d imagine…

Beautiful desintations - Difficult roads often lead us to beautiful destinations.#positivity #optimism

suffering produces perseverance;

perseverance, character;

and character, hope.

Romans 5:3,4

Read more about perseverance and positive people here.

Getting Started – Anytime is a good time.

Getting Started – Anytime is a good time.

The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

That’s a quote by Mark Twain.

Is he right? Maybe. Maybe not. From my personal experience, finishing is more difficult than starting… but not everyone is alike. For some it’s starting that’s a barrier. Either way, to finish anything you do need to begin.

As I write this note to you, it’s a popular time of year to start something. (New Years.) Each year I choose a particular word to focus on during that year, as opposed to resolving to do something new or different. What do you do?

Not everyone is a fan of resolutions at the beginning of the calendar year – of getting started on better ways of living because of a date on the calendar. Regardless of your opinion of resolutions, I wish you happy starting, continuing and finishing.

And just remember that anytime is a good time to start!

Happy New Year.

Is there something you’re starting, or you’ve begun that you’re keen on continuing? Leave a comment… 

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. #optimism #positivity #positivethanksliving #thankfulness #gratitude

(For me, I’m not even starting a new “word” this year – I’m doing a second year on the word “thankful”. It feels like that’s a big enough word to last two years! )

Need some encouragment on getting started?- read this!

But as you start, just remember:

from Ecclesiastes 3…

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

We don’t need a new year to hope for something new to begin – true hope is found in the One who makes everything new. 

You can. It’s just that simple.

You can. It’s just that simple.

You can.

Sometimes it’s just that simple.

You can - it's that simple. #positivity #thankfulness #gratitude #optimism #positivethanksliving

Maybe you need to get out of your comfort zone.

Perhaps it’s time to find your fixed point and stop going around in circles.

Could you ask an optimistic person to come alongside you?

Remember – YOU ARE CAPABLE OF SO MUCH!

Yes. You can.

It’s not too late. You’re enough.  You’ve done enough preparation.

Begin.

(I’m cheering you on!)

Remind yourself – click HERE to download the wallpaper photo below for your smartphone.

You Can - PositiveThanksLiving - Phone Wallpaper


I’ve been reading this book… and that’s what has prompted today’s post. Our inner dialogue impacts what we begin and finish. One of Neil Fiore’s suggesions when  you find yourself overwhelmed by a task, perhaps feeling unequal to all the effort it’ll take, is to work on the project for a half hour, and then record on your calendar your progress. It’s part of taking credit for the work you’ve done. You’re proving to yourself that you can.

Reach out to share your wish and obstacle.

Reach out to share your wish and obstacle.

Isolation is the dream killer. Reach out!

Reach out to share your wish and obstacle.

Then surround yourself with people who are dedicated to helping you overcome your obstacle.

These are Barbara Sher’s ideas. She says that, as humans, we are problem solvers. Even if we don’t like a person, should they pose a desire and an obstacle, we look for a solution to the obstacle. Isolation is the dream killer.

So.

Reach out to share your wish and obstacle.

Do I agree with everything she teaches? Not fully. But it is interesting. And I do agree that being isolated doesn’t help overcome an obstacle.

Her stories are humorous and wonderful! Below you can watch a TEDx video of Barbara telling some of those stories. It’s an encouraging way to spend 20 minutes of your life. It’ll make you smile at the very least. (She’s an excellent story-teller.)

What’s your wish? What’s your obstacle?

Leave a comment – let’s see if we can help each other!

If you can’t see the video player below – go ahead & click HERE to go to YouTube to watch the video of Barbara Sher talk about how isolation is the dream-killer and you need to reach out and share!

Want more about achieving goals? Read THIS or explore this POST.

You are capable of so much – now go do it.

You are capable of so much – now go do it.

You are capable.

It’s time to stop thinking you can not  – and step up.

Move on. Reach out. Push forward. Lean into…

You are capable of so much!

Set your achievable goal. Make a plan. Now go do it.

And don’t discount a small goal. They count. Even if it’s a small goal, you’ll feel so much better about everything in your world when you reach it. And then you’ll be ready for the next small goal.

Set yourself up for success. Choose something to pursue that will be easy to reach – at least in the beginning. And if you have a large goal in mind, then divide it into smaller bits and pieces.

  • Want more business? Call one person and demonstrate you care about their needs. Keep track of your calls every day in a bullet journal. Lori Winslow, owner of The Organized Solopreneur has a course to get you started with Bullet Journaling. (I’ve purchased it and am going through it as part of my fall 2018 business learning.)
  • Do you need to move your body? Find one short exercise video on YouTube and move along with it. Now. (I like this one.)
  • Need to clean up? Gather all the garbage you can find and take it out. It’ll feel good. Subscribe to The Flylady. She provides a great framework to make cleaning and organizing easy.
  • Seeking a better relationship with someone? If you see them every day – smile at them. Or use these 10 ideas to celebrate as ways to connect.
  • Building a career? Get a library card and start reading. It’s free. Most libraries even provide access to digital books so you can read on an app on your smartphone. Ask someone with the career you want, to recommend a book. or a podcast, or a website they admire. Start a journal (or a bullet journal) to keep track of all you’re learning and want to learn.

Yes. You CAN. You are capable of so much.

Go get it. One small thing at a time. 

You are capable of so much - now go do it

You’ll see a change if you make one.

You’ll see a change if you make one.

You’ll see a change if you make one.

What are you waiting for?

If you’re waiting for something to happen in your life, maybe it’s time for you to take action.

Chicken or egg?

It’s so easy to look at our life and think it needs to change. That’s as far as we go.

And yet, we are the only ones who can make that change… take that action.

Maybe… you’ll see a change if you make one?

And we don’t need to be radical to see change. Start small. Really.

What one small change could you make?

  • if you’re waiting for better health… maybe eat something green every day?
  • what if you need more money in your bank account… maybe find something to sell?
  • what if you need more purpose in your life… maybe read a bit on the topic or seek a coach?

I know these little examples seem trite.

So what?

Sometimes a change starts with something small and insignificant. And many small, insignificant, seemly trite changes, add up. ( Read how thankfulness will make a change HERE. )

Then you’ll finally notice that positive change you’re seeking!

You’ll be the one taking action to make it happen. Instead of waiting.

(For me – writing a little bit every day for 30 days on living thankful and positive really adds up and hopefully, I can encourage many to be a bit more positive.)

You'll see a change if you make one - start small.

But what if this time is a time of waiting? Even in a time of waiting you can read, ponder, and pray. Those are actions, you know.

Where in your life could you make one small change?