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THE DAILY PRACTICE OF POSITIVE THINKING
(also known as LOOK AT THE DOUGHNUT, NOT THE HOLE!)
Adapted from the works of Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.
If you are reading this, chances are you are on a path to live your best life, connected to your Higher Self. Even if we have been working for years on being positive and saying yes to the universe, we all still have days when things become too much - when we see the hole, not the doughnut, as Susan would say. That is why daily reminders are an important way to stay on track.
As Susan wrote in Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, "I can't stress enough that positive thinking needs daily practice. I've been practicing it for years, and still spend some time each day focusing on the elimination of negativity from my thinking. If I stop completely, as I have on occasion, I know my good feelings will slowly diminish. Thankfully it is easy to get into the swing of it again simply by following the program. I always ask myself then, 'Why do I stop doing something that makes me feel so good?'"
Why do we? Everyday life - the hurry up and wait; the misunderstandings; the pressures to get "everything" done - keeps us preoccupied with the needs of the Lower Self. It is hard to keep in alignment with our Higher Selves in the hustle and bustle of checking off our To Do lists. For all these reasons, daily reminders become a necessity.
Susan was full of great ideas for giving ourselves reminders. Here are some of her favorites:
- Create a list of quotes, sayings, or affirmations that you find inspiring. Write them on index cards and keep them nearby for a quick reminder anytime you need it
- Leave your "reminders" in places where you will be sure to see them, such as in the bathroom, on your nightstand, someplace on your desk. Susan always kept a mug on her desk that said, "It’s all happening perfectly!"
- Create and decorate a poster with your favorite affirmations or sayings and hang it prominently where you will see it often
- Keep on hand Susan’s books The Little Book of Confidence and The Little Book of Peace of Mind. These are great to keep in a desk drawer or a purse or work bag for a quick little pick-me-up when things get frustrating
- Every day, pick one affirmation and write it at the top of your planner or daily schedule. Or you can even program your computer desktop with the words displayed prominently. If you leave it on your screensaver, you will see it every time you turn on your computer
- Use an app on your mobile phone to send you inspiring reminders. You can even schedule them into your calendar so that your phone dings to remind you to stay positive and be inspired
- Here is a new one: subscribe to Twitter users that specialize in being inspiring. You can even get a daily affirmation and motivating quote inspired by Susan by subscribing to her Twitter account (twitter.com/SusanJeffers)
Look at your quotes and inspiring affirmations often throughout the day. It’s important to be consistent with your reminders just as it is important to say an affirmation ten times in a row to help it really sink in. By regularly focusing on things that make us feel good, it helps us to bring blessings into our lives. As Susan wrote in The Little Book of Confidence, "YES, LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE. As you adopt a more positive approach to life and as your confidence grows, you are automatically drawn to and attract a different kind of person...The Higher Self kind."
Creating daily practices for helping ourselves to align with the highest part of who we are is just as important as good hygiene and getting enough sleep. Susan wrote, "We don’t get centered and stay there for the rest of our lives. In this chaotic world, it is so easy to be pulled out of our center. But it is very reassuring to know that we always have the tools to bring ourselves back into a place of power once again. We only have to notice when it’s time to pull ourselves together again, and again, and again, and again."
Finding inspiration every day helps to keep us focused on our Higher Selves, and staying on our spiritual path. It is alright if we forget here and there, as long as we get back into the habit of the daily practice of positive thinking and of working towards being the best of who we are.
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