Be a Better You in 365 Days Challenge – DAY 13: Be Positive

This is Day 13 of How to Be a Better Person in 365 Days (365 Challenge) October 2011 Challenge. View list of tasks: 365 Challenge Overview

G’day Everyone! Welcome to Day 13 of 365 Days of How to Become a Better Person in 365 Days Challenge (365 Challenge)!

“Attitudes are contagious.  Are yours worth catching?”  ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Being Positive is actually a lot easier than many people choose to realize. It starts with a decision, a decision to enjoy your life and experience life at your best.

It’s a simple decision, but it’s a decision we must remake every single day.

Being Positive has its definite challenges; there’s no doubt about that! But the advantages are so profound and so far reaching that they boggle the mind. Permit me to explain if you will, an image of a world where everywhere you go you are greeted with smiling faces, eager to see you, delighted at your every request.

Imagine this place where co-workers, or fellow students all know your name and each time they see you they smile at your approach, welcome you, and continually offer to help and support your every endeavor. A world where the gas station clerk smiles at you and calls you by name, a place where the coffee shop barrister greats you with a delighted look in their eyes and serves you your regular favorite drink with delight and vigor.

Yesterday’s task of 365 Challenge (see overview) we talked about Declutteringand how it effects you in your environment.

It was amazing on what I found that I do not need, use and have stored away thinking “Oh I will need that (someday).” I decided to throw that idea out the window and ask myself “Do I REALLY need that?” and “Do I use that regularly enough to keep? Will someone else benefit from it as I once did?”

I can imagine the challenge was huge and deterring but, we managed to put through and declutter – for good. I loved every moment of it. Why not see our comments on the challenge… I am positive it will help you push through the headache of junk.

Without further ado, let’s explore: BEING POSITIVE today.

Marcus Aurelius said, ” A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.”  Think about this for a moment … Interesting, isn’t it?

As you awake in the morning, your mind races ahead of your body with all kinds of * stuff * pouring in and out.  All your thoughts, ideas, chores, and worries that you might have. No wonder you’re tired before your feet even hit the ground. Before you realize it, you’re up and running here, running there, going through your morning, unaware of how you even apply the toothpaste on your brush or what body parts you wash first.  All the while, stuff is pouring into your head from everywhere, ideas, chores, appointments, commitments, relationships, conversations, past events, the future.  This self-talk, we all have it.  Random thoughts: worries, fears, negativity, frustration, happiness, joy, freedom, inspiration, and light bulb ideas.

Oh, and the nighttime thoughts that keep you from falling asleep; sleep you so badly need and yearn for.  The tossing and turning because you can’t seem to shut off the clutter of self-talk that invades your brain, such as the got to do’s, forgot to do’s, want to do’s and could haves, and should haves.  The what ifs, wishes, and dreams. Let’s not forget the recreation of past conversations and events.

What are you thinking, or are you?

Whether it’s your fears, destructive thoughts, unhappiness, or things you have no control over, dump ’em!!

One way to STOP you brain clutter is to dump those thoughts onto paper.  Get the clutter out of your head, and your heart.  Stop the clutter within from building up inside you, clogging the passageways to your heart, and your spirit.

Whatever is bouncing around in your head and heart, let it flow from your pen, dumping your “brain clutter” onto paper. Don’t think about what you’re writing, don’t stop to analyze your words, to plan, to prioritize, if it can be or can’t be accomplished, undone, or changed.  Just write.

Dump your anger and fear.
Dump your frustrations and impatience.
Dump your wanting and sadness.
Dump your judging and prejudices.
Dump your anxieties and boredom.

For now, dump your happiness and joy.
Dump your love and gratitude
Dump your affirmations, your prayers, and your songs.

Empty all the clutter and noise out of your head and heart.

It’s there.  Look deep and let it out.  Take a deep breath, and let it out.  Do this several times, concentrating only on your breathing.  Look at what you’ve written and SEE the things you have written.

Writing all your brain clutter down can help you understand and see what is going on inside of you.  What are you giving your attention to?

Who or what are you angry at?
Who or what do you fear?
Who or what are you wanting?
Who or what are you judging?
Who or what are you bored with?
Who or what is taking your attention away from you, your spirit?

Look inside, let it out..

Who or what makes you laugh?
Who or what fills you with love?
Who or what are you grateful for?
Who or what brings you happiness?
Who or what beings you joy?
Who or what are you giving your attention to?
Who or what feeds your spirit?

Norman Vincent Pearle suggests “that if you fill your mind with spiritual words so that they sink from your conscious to your subconscious mind by a process of spiritual osmosis, you will so condition your personality with spiritual power and sensitivity that God’s will can operate in you.”

Find all the positive and joyfulness on your paper and bring them back into your heart and mind.

As Joan Lunden has said, “Positive thoughts are extremely powerful.  They become our inspirations; negative ones become our roadblocks.”

Circle the items on your paper that you can take action on, want to take action on, and items that you have control over. All the negativity, sadness, fears, frustrations, the things you have no control over, let them go, repeating the verse, “Renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

I love what Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Every night when you lie down to sleep, practice dropping the day into the past.  It is over, finished.”

Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)

Source: Janet Luhrs (link below)

The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs has been a wonderful guide to me and hopefully you!  You can purchase this book HERE

Day 13 Reflection for 365 Challenge

Is there anything you learned today?

If so, what is it? Write it down.


Share Your Answers!

Share in the comments, then live true to this trait for the whole of today. Report back at the end to share your progress!