How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?
Whenever I feel like I'm slipping into a negative, I remember all those that I have met or read about with greater challenges than I have. There is always someone else with a larger burden than yours and how they carry it with grace and dignity soon can change one's outlook.
When you are down don't forget to reach out to your Spark Friends and Teams. I always feel better if I give out some Goodies and leave positive comments for my friends.
Remember, it isn't about perfection; it's about persistence.
Don't do it for someone else, do it for yourself. You deserve it.
I have a daily goal: "Envision positive outcomes for the day." Whenever I catch myself rolling my eyes or thinking negatively, I pull that goal out of the back of my mind and focus on changing my perspective on whatever it is I'm feeling negative about.
Remember, two steps forward and one step back is still one step forward. As long as you keep moving forward, you're winning. No one is perfect -- forgive yourself, learn from your experience, and soldier onward.
Progress, not perfection!
With all of our stats here public, it's only natural to feel embarrassment when we stray or jealousy when others post huge weight losses. Everyone is different, and everyone is here to get fit and healthy! Keep it public, stay accountable, celebrate victories, and bolster others' spirits as well.
Sometimes things get to be too much, A friend suggested this and it works. Just Breathe. You can do this right how, no matter how stressed you are feeling.
When I am down, to change my outlook, I sometimes challenge myself to a week of daily affirmations. I try to give myself genuine compliments for a week... sometimes it takes more than a week, but I eventually start seeing things in a positive light.
I've learned that the best way for me to move past things that are hindering me is to write it all down and post it. For me, it's not responses from others that are the biggest help (although they are awesome!) but just the simple act of putting feelings into words. The bad stuff loses its power!