I fully admit to being in a funk for a while now. Part of it I do attribute to feeling a lack of success in lots of areas (not just writing). But after Saturday's results, my heart has been lighter, the load I carry doesn't seem as heavy, and I am invigorated with energy. I even got outside yesterday afternoon and did some reorganization in the garage (the beautiful weather helped motivate me too).
Since I'm a fairly optimistic guy, it's safe to say that I'm not happy when I'm not happy. I don't like confrontation, I don't like whiny people, and I do my best to find whatever silver lining there is in a given situation. But lately I've been irritable and even downright grumpy. I know one of the reasons why (which I won't go into here), but though I had been concentrating on being more positive, I just couldn't get back to my usual cheerful self. I had actually been turning into one of those negative people I don't like to associate with. Yuck.
So how do I keep from letting myself devolve into an angry, grumpy mess again? I don't know, though I'm going to try to list a few ideas here and hope some of you have more ideas you can provide in the comments. Here are some off-the-cuff ideas for keeping a smile on my face.
1. Goal setting - I didn't used to be a believer in this, but recent evidence (and help from my graduation mentor) has turned me into one. Goals are a great way to provide us with success, even if they are just minor goals like finishing a chapter.
2. Pat on the back - Often enough, we don't acknowledge when we do something right or when we achieve a goal. It can be something as simple as buying ourself an ice cream or writing a celebratory blog post, but it's important that we do something.
3. Recognize the silver lining - It may sound silly, but we have to remember that things can always be worse. Part of being positive (for me at least) is recognizing that my life isn't that bad. Though I have just as many tough things to deal with as anyone else, I'm not that bad off in the grand scheme of things.
Okay, I could really only come up with these three so I'm putting it out to all of you to help me come up with some more. Let's get some lively discussion going. By the time we're done, we will have all helped each other. We'll all be walking around with Cheshire cat faces. So tell me, how do you invigorate your life with a little positivity?