Dr. Ted here. This week I’d like you to celebrate everything. I know, it sounds impossible, right? But truth be told, celebrating the events of everyday life is what gives life meaning. Celebrating life is the complete opposite of negative thinking, which in itself, is just a bad habit.
Training your mind to see the good in everything is a giant step toward creating an abundant and empowering life. It can start as simply as paying attention to what you say to yourself in the morning when you get out of bed. Are you focused on the things, which cause you to stumble? Or, are you focused on creating a feeling of joy and empowerment? It’s so much easier to give in to the negative thinking and live your life blaming others or feeling hopeless. But, if you challenge yourself to always find the positives, you will create your day in a way, which gives you pleasure and accomplishment. Once you begin the process, your life will suddenly create more reasons for you to smile and enjoy the journey.
I woke up early this morning, and on my way to the kitchen, I stumbled on one of our dog, Izabella’s toys in the darkness. Catching myself before I fell, I remember thinking some not-so-thankful-and-grateful thoughts! Then I re-focused on what had happened, the excitement Izzy had when she harmlessly deposited her toy near my bed, and how her constantly wagging, whip-like tail never stops. She embodies the idea of constant and consistent joy and excitement! I could focus on the stumble, or I could choose to think about it differently and train my mind to see the good. And, early in the morning is a crucial time for setting the day up for my “wins”!
So, when I hear disturbing news, – like a shooting, or a wreck, a flood or sudden death, as just some examples – I must choose to find and focus on something good that happened because of the event. People were brought closer together; lives were better focused; or people now can see the other side of the situation…these are all benefits of a “tragedy”. Whatever happens, I get to choose how I am and how I respond to the event.
For me, I’ve begun to incorporate some positive habits into each day. I focus on positive thoughts every morning before getting out of the bed. I am thankful and grateful for all of the blessings in my life. I do things that make me happy. And, when I have times of doubt? Well, I know that this, too, will pass, and more blessings are headed my way when I keep moving forward. It is always my choice how I am reacting.
Most importantly, I have made a habit of paying attention to, and celebrating, even my smallest of wins. I believe this practice opens up more room for more things to come into my day and my life to celebrate. And, who wouldn’t want that?! It’s your choice! Develop some good habits – ones that have you celebrating everything!