Negative Free Zone
Could you be positive for 7 days in a row?
One night last week I woke up in the middle of the night. After lying there for a bit I grabbed my iPad to help me fall back asleep (yes, I know probably not the best option).
The first thing to come up on You Tube was a Tony Robbins audio from a few years back called the 7 Day Challenge Against Negativity. The funny thing was that it reminded me of his Infomercials in the middle of the night from years ago.
Before drifting back off to slumber his words deeply impacted me and got me thinking about the negativity that had been slipping into my life.
The next morning when I woke up I decided to take those words to heart and start looking at the sources of negativity that I had allowed into my mind. I took with me these five keys that Tony recommended:
Key 1 - Decide to create the habit of what is right in your world
To do this he recommended taking the 7-Day Mental Diet Cleanse. Basically it is this: when a negative thought comes your way and it will, find within yourself a way to let it go. Start to avoid the elements in your life that you have allowed in that are just too negative. Keys 2 through 5 will help you with this.
Key 2 – Become curious instead of judgmental
Understand why others do what they do. Notice what you do have in your life versus what you don’t have and what that person you might be judging doesn’t have. In other words, judge less and perceive more.
Key 3 – Appreciate where you are right now
Do some critical thinking and allow the positive and negative to balance seeing the good in something that hasn’t been working for you and how you can change it. Take an inventory of what is great and what isn’t.
Key 4 – Decide not to be perfect
Perfection is hard if not impossible to achieve – it is an ever-changing slippery slope that causes pain and negativity along with it. Especially, if you are continually beating yourself up for not being perfect. Doing your best in this day is all you can ask of yourself.
Key 5 – Use the F word: Faith
Create certainty inside of yourself with the power of faith, going beyond fears by using your courage (remember we talked about this several weeks back). Whenever a negative element arrives say to your self, “This too shall pass.”
What I discovered was one of my big sources of negativity was getting myself in the habit for the first time in years of watching the “news.” The constant negative spin from all sources was really getting to me.
What I realized was that I can’t change the news rhetoric, but what I could do was change my contact with it.
Letting go of this “need to check in” on a constant basis allowed me to get my positive mind back and put me in a more enlightened Negative Free Zone. Now when I do hear bits of news I know not to engage with the negativity.
Entering the Negative Free Zone requires taking the first step. I would love to hear your progress. If you have the courage, write a comment of one negative thing you will commit to let go in the days ahead.
As you move into the days ahead keep a journal and each day write about your positivity level and how best to create your unique Negative Free Zone.
Be Positive! Be Free!
by Donald Miller
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