So the next question is...How do I think positively when many things in my life are negative right now?
The answer is purposeful mental distraction.
I have written some articles previously about using Mental Distraction but hadn't put them in exercise forms so I will do so now.
It is almost impossible to go from a very negative vibration to a very positive one. It is simply too big a jump. As you have probably also discovered for yourself, it is much harder and it takes a lot longer to accomplish any task you might need to when you are in a negative state as opposed to a strong positive one.
Therefore, it is reasonable to say that it is in your best interest to put yourself in a more positive place mentally before trying to tackle any important task. For the good of you and for the good of the task.
While there are many different ways to accomplish this mental transition, I am going to offer a quick and easy one that you can do in as little as 15 minutes.
You can either grab a pencil or paper or go right to your computer and open a word processing sheet.
The exercise is to write down 100 things that you enjoy doing. That's right enjoy doing. Not a list of what you would like to accomplish in the future (that is another exercise), but simply write down things you have enjoyed in the past and currently.
1. Going to your favorite restaurant and enjoying your favorite meal.
2. Having a night to yourself to read a great book
3. A large snowstorm that gives you no choice but to cuddle on the couch and watch television all day.
4. A walk on the beach at sunset.
5. Bowling a great game with your teammates cheering you on
6. Winning even the smallest amount of money in a casino
7. Having a great laugh with your friends
8. Cheering on your favorite sports team when they make an unbelievable play
9. Singing and dancing around the room when no one is watching to your favorite song
10. Spending a solid hour on YouTube watching people do things you would never attempt doing
11. Getting into a warm bed on a cold night.
12. The first night with newly laundered sheets on the bed
13. Enjoying relaxing in a spotlessly clean house
14. The first taste of that hot cup of coffee in the morning
15. The refreshing taste of that tropical drink on the beach, or that cold beer after a hard days physical work
Anyway, you get the gist of it. The point is to write down things that cause you to say "Ummm, yes I do love that."
You will be surprised how much calmer and appreciative you will feel after you have mentally relived this feeling 100 times over in a 15 minute period.
The next steps are to:
1. Save the list so you can go back to it anytime you need a mental boost or when you remember something that you would like to add
2. Pick one or two that you will do in the next few days as a reward to yourself for the tasks you will accomplish today.
If you can't think of 100 things at this moment, even better. Because that means you can spend all your mental time coming up with more. Instead of thinking about upcoming bills on your ride home tonight, come up with more things you love to do. Instead of thinking about being angry at the kids for leaving their jacket in the middle of the floor, come up with more things you love to do.
The most important part of this exercise is not the actual list mind you, but the exercise of consciously redirecting your thoughts to positive things as opposed to negative. Retraining your brain, if you will.
So go now and write your list. Change your negative thoughts and thereby your negative vibrations right now. You might be surprised at the difference in the way that you feel from such a simple process.