“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit” - Will Durant
Your perspective towards life determines your attitude. Depending on your perspective, you can be an optimist or a pessimist; it depends on what you focus more on. An optimist would try to focus on the positives, while a pessimist would give more weight to the negatives.
However, remaining positive throughout the day isn’t something that can be achieved in one day. Optimists aren’t born like that. Being optimistic requires personal discipline and a lot of energy.
While we talk about the importance of staying positive, it is important to remember that no one can stay positive all the time. A coin always has two sides, and so do our emotions. It is important to always express both happiness and sadness in our daily life. Bottling up any kind of emotion is never good.
Important: Creating a routine
Before you jump onto the ‘think positive’ train, it is important to create a routine that you can follow. Establishing a positive routine is important because it helps you in self-improvement. It gives you a base on which you can work and carry yourself throughout the day.
Here are 8 habits to create a routine that will help you stay positive in your life:
1.Start off your day the right way
Establish a meaningful routine by starting your day on a productive note. The start of your day sets the tone for the rest of the day. You may like to go for a walk or a run, or surround yourself with nature. This can help you kick-start your day and provide you time to collect yourself, reducing stress and mental fatigue.
2.Focus on the good things
Obstacles and challenging situations are a part of human life. You can't always control what happens, but your response to these situations make a huge difference. Always confront all challenges head on, but try to focus on the good things rather than the bad. This will help you focus more on solving the problem at hand.
Regularly practicing gratitude for the things you have helps you reduce stress, improve your self-esteem, and strengthens you internally.
4.Keep a journal to write your gratitude
In a research study, it was found that keeping a journal to write gratitude for the things you are grateful for improves your sense of well-being and optimism.
5.Learn to do a single task at a time
Statistics show that only 2% of people can multitask successfully. There is no necessary harm in multitasking, but it distributes your focus and contributes to mental clutter by making it difficult for your brain to filter out irrelevant information. So instead of trying to do many things at once, try to focus on one task and get it done before moving on to the next.
6.Practice positive self-talk
We all put pressure on ourselves to perform better and criticise our own weaknesses. Doing this can cause you to form a negative opinion of yourself, which can be hard to shake off. Therefore, it is important to practice positive self-talk.
7.Surround yourself with optimistic people
According to the famous American author Jim Rohn, you are the average of five people with whom you spend most of your time. It is true that the people you are surrounded with can have a huge impact on you. Choose those who lift you up when you fall and help you improve as a human being.
8.Read, read and read more
Reading books is the best way to gain knowledge and stimulate your creativity. This habit helps you reduce stress, calms you down, helps develop new ideas, and helps you sleep better.
Developing these habits will help you become determined, patient, and more optimistic. So, change your perspective on life and see the results yourself!