5 Ways to Stay Positive

Updated: October 23, 2010

All-stars produce day after day
On a good day some baseball players can hit 3 homeruns, their feats are remembered and highlighted. But it isn't the 3 homerun games that make you a legend, that get you to Cooperstown (the hall of fame). It is the steady, day after day, year after year results that make you a legend.

At the end of the year, you look at the total. The best hitters in baseball are the ones who hit over 40 homeruns, get 100+ RBIs and hit over .300.

The same bodes true in all walks of life
The best salesmen isn't the salesman who has 1 great day per month. It is the salesman who has a great year.

It isn't the project leader who gets one project done ahead of schedule who is the best, it is the project leader who gets every project done by the deadline that the company trusts.

Some days, though, it can be tough. Some days it is hard to be positive and keep that high level.

These 5 tips will hopefully be able to help you, just like they have helped me.

1. Decide that you are going to be happy and let nothing get you down.
Your mood is your decision, your ability to control your mood is immense. If you decide to be happy, you will be. If you decide to be down, you will be down.

It is all about how you speak to yourself. Keep you inner dialogue positive and you will find it hard to be negative.

2. Write down everything you need to do during the day and start ticking off the list.
Having a clear goal for your day is a great source of motivation.
If you know what has to be done before you can relax you will be motivated to quickly start ticking things off the list.

If the day feels long and hard. Make a list and start with number one, until you are finished.

3. Give yourself a reward when you are finished with everything you need to do.
The human mind is in many ways a simple object. We love rewards. We will do almost anything for a reward.

If you start rewarding yourself for finishing tasks, your mind will become addicted. You will have to complete tasks and you will do it better and more efficiently then ever before.

4. Take a walk
Sometimes you need a break. Some fresh air. To step back and think about the problems you are facing. This is not a bad thing. Let yourself take that break so that you focus completely while you are at the office.

5. Call your spouse or a friend and ask for motivation
In your darkest hour. Call a friend. Ask for help and motivation. Make sure you call someone you know will help you and motivate you to get back to work and do it well.

If you call the wrong person it can have the completely opposite effect.

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