Life isn’t always what you expect it to be, is it? When the results you hope for don’t manifest, do you ever start questioning your self-worth or your abilities? Whether you wanted to lose weight, stick with your exercise program, or switch jobs to lower your stress, when your goal doesn’t happen, it can send the best of us into feeling discouraged.
The good news is that you can shift any feelings of discouragement into positive feelings!
Whenever you’re down in the dumps, it’s important that you first acknowledge where you are at. Then take some type of action to move you out of that state. Years ago I read something about giving myself a certain period of time to feel bad, or sad, or discouraged. Set a timer and sink right into all those emotions. But when that timer goes off, do something different to shake off those feelings.
Dwelling on the negative and remaining in a depressed state is unhealthy. After a while, you’ll feel like you’re moving backward instead of forward. This makes it challenging to get back to a positive mindset and to restore your belief in yourself.
1. Reflect on past successes. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll begin to realize that you’ve enjoyed many successes in the past.
2. Know that you’re uniquely created. You have a special blend of talents, abilities, personality, appearance, and purpose that is different from everyone else on the planet. There is no one else like you and that’s a wonderful thing!
3. Do something you’re good at. A sure way to boost how you feel about yourself is to do something you already know you’re good at. Having even a small success is a great way to build reassurance and focus on the positive.
4. Make someone else feel special. Making a positive impact on someone else’s life is one of the most empowering and uplifting experiences you can have!
Dwelling on any negative feelings about yourself is a waste of precious time. Instead, celebrate all the great qualities you have inside and share those with the world. Take the time to reflect on your blessings and you’ll begin to see for yourself how awesome and special you really are.