How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?
I always try to remember that i am the person God made me to be. I am the person He wants me to be and that no person on earth can make me in to anything less than that. To me that is Self-Esteem, which comes from the inside, so don't let people get under your skin and take that away!
Doing well at being positive is accepting that we can't be that way 100% of the time. We just need to practice bouncing back from the negative times.
No matter how you feel on the inside, if you dress to look great on the outside, people will respond to you with positive comments. That will feed you with positive reinforcements, and you will feel better on the inside and about yourself. Your mood will lift.
On weeks that I know I've made healthy diet and exercise choices, but the scale isn't showing me results, I change up my exercise routine a bit. Do a house project; painting burns up a lot of calories. Try a Zumba class, use different muscles. Next week, you'll see results!
When I read blogs and profiles, it really bothers me when people says such horrible things about themselves. STOP IT! Never say anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to a friend. Even if I still weighed 268 or if I gained another 200 pounds, I would still be a good person.
If you catch yourself with negative thougts counter them with positive self talk. Don't dwell on the negative.
Too often we give ourselves to everyone or everything else. Our families, significant other, jobs ... we need to remember to put the same effort into ourSELVES. (At least I do!)
HAD MY 6 YR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER AND I WORKED OUT. BEFORE SHE CAME I SPENT 2 HOURS IN THE GARDEN PLANTING ALL THE VEG & FRUITS, WATERED AND WEEDED. WHEN SHE CAME WE PICKED STRAWBERRIES 6 QUARTS, CUT ASPARAGUS. MADE DINNER, CLEANED KITCHEN AND BOTH HAD A SHOWER. RELAXED. PLAYED GAMES AND ATE POPCORN.
In a world that bombards us with negativity, added to our own internal messages, it takes practice to switch directions. I stay mindful of every negative thought and balance it immediately with it's opposing positive one. With practice, the positive direction will take-hold.
One of the hardest things I have ever done is staying positive. I would believe anything bad about myself (stupid, fat, ugly etc....) until I met my wife. she was harder on herself than I was on myself. and that would tic me off. We finely talked before we got married and I told her that hearing her