We all see them. Those positivity freaks, who ALWAYS seem to be generally happy about their life? Are you generally positive, or do you believe that those people that are mostly positive aren’t real? How do you deal with little things that happen? Drop a spoon on the ground, and lose your shit? Or just pick it up, put it in the sink, and get anything another one. After all, it’s just a spoon. Do you look at the scale, and see the number revert to something similar from last week, and want to cry. Maybe you just shrug it off, and understand what sort of week you have had, and how that reflects that number, and start to develop small changes for next week? I can be one positive charged individual, always attempting to lap from life’s positive drinking fountain, but I can also be a moody, self absorbed dick, when I let things, and people, get me down.
To me, a positive person is one that continues to look on the brighter and lighter side of life. They encourage and brighten up others day, and doesn’t allow negative thoughts stay too long. We all have shitty days, but a positive person knows that others are having a worse day. It takes some time to be continually positive, even on a daily basis, as well as in training. There are times when you feel like you are going backwards, and every time you do something you feel worse. There are no longer big additions of weight to the core lifts, but little incremental ones. Instead of getting down on yourself, tell yourself that these days are always around, and improvement is around the corner. Also remember where you came from, and how this weight was just a mere dream previously. It applies to anything you want to measure. Your weight, your running times, your calorie count.
Try to have one day a week for the first month, thinking of nothing but being positive. Wake up and tell yourself that today is going to be a great day. Someone takes your car parking spot think to yourself that there will be a better one nearby. If you forget your lunch, treat yourself for lunch. Forget to pack your exercise clothes. Grab an old podcast (for me it’s Zach’s discussion with the Ultimate Warrior) and get outside and enjoy the Vitamin D.
It is so easy to allow everything to get you down. After all, isn’t the whole world conspiring against you, and giving you nothing you want? It’s someone else’s fault you don’t get what you want, and how everyone just gets everything. To me that’s a defeatist attitude, an attitude of a spoilt brat. Take some responsibility for your actions, and what you have.
If you surround yourself with negative, difficult people you are more likely to become one of them. If you don’t believe me, try it for a month. Head into work, and have lunch every day with the most difficult and pessimistic people in your workplace. They aren’t difficult to find. They give off this presence, very similar to bad breath and body odour. If you let it, it will envelope and develop you. Same goes for your social media feeds. If you are continually looking at death, how shitty the world is, especially from a religious or racial view point, it will get you down. There is no doubt about it.
While my news feeds aren’t covered in unicorns and ice cream (mmmmm ice cream, f%^k you dairy free month), I specifically look for good news stories, ones that warm the soul, tickle the heart and allows a glow to appear over your body and mind. For me, this is what life is about.
Below are some examples are those that are my friends, mentors and pages who I look for those moments of goodness. Russell Hannah. All round good guy. https://www.facebook.com/Russellchannah https://twitter.com/russandcrew
Brad McLeod. Ex Navy seal, and creator of Seal Grinder PT. If you want to get the best of your body, then this page could be it. https://www.facebook.com/mbradmcleod https://www.facebook.com/SEALgrinderPT https://twitter.com/bradmcleod
Another Navy Seal, Mark Divine, also brings his knowledge and understanding of positivity here. Another one of those “good guys that can kill you with a stare” type of people.
Zach Even Esh. The man! The beast! The master of bodyweight training and leader in “f%^king your mind set”
Les Brown. If you don’t know who Les Brown is, take a look at his page and understand. He will make you understand how to become a better human, in your words and thoughts.
Tony Robins. No introduction needed.
ET the Hip Hop Preacher. His catch phrase “Thank God it’s Monday” resonates all across the globe come Monday morning, and for good reason. Monday is a day that most people hate with a passion, but for ET, and others like myself, it’s a day to start your week off on the right foot.
NDCQ. NDCQ stands for “Not Dead. Can’t Quit”, and should be the “go to” line for everyone who struggles with their life.
Dean Somserset wrote a pretty decent article also (yeah it could be better than mine, only because of Stephen Hawking), and it can be found here: http://deansomerset.com/positivity-mindset-goal-attainment/
Next post we will talk about your why. To us at the School, your “why” is, and should be, your main focus on life and your goals. Without your why, goals are just words.
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Remember. Strength is indeed life’s secret sauce.