There are a lot of misconceptions about positivity. I know this first-hand because long before becoming a life and business strategist, I created a global online community called Positivity Nation; for several years, my online persona was ‘Positivity Lady’. During this time, I routinely encountered people who had skewed perceptions and expectations around the topic of positivity. To be sure we are on the same page, I want to take a moment to talk about what positivity is and isn’t before sharing practical steps for infusing more of it into your business relationships.
A powerful skill to have in our toolboxes is the ability to reframe our thoughts. When we grab on to a negative thought it’s incredibly easy for that to spiral into a whole narrative that pulls us down instead of lifting us up. It’s not a skill that is exclusive to business but it’s definitely one that is beneficial to hone and apply in that part of our life.
As I opened my email today the first subject line I saw across the top of my screen was: “Go after what you want before it’s too late.”
While I am a whole-hearted advocate for going after what you want and believe we should absolutely live our life with a sense of purpose and urgency, this headline just didn’t sit right with me. In felt like an urging to talk to you about subjective timelines and the notion of expiration dates on our goals and dreams, so here it goes…
I don’t know about you but I’ve been hearing lots of people talking about the importance of morning routines. Everyone has their own take on what makes a good one and I’m not going to debate or endorse any of them right now. Instead, I am going to focus on two things you can do at NIGHT to make your mornings even better.
Need a little stress relief? Try a dose of gratitude. It may be just what the doctor ordered. I’m not talking about white-washing difficult times and pretending things aren’t tough when they clearly are. I’m suggesting you find something in the chaos, confusion, and pressure that you can be thankful for.
Business is a serious thing, I won’t argue that. What’s also true is that you don’t have to be serious all the time to be good in business. I’ll even go so far as to say, your business will benefit when you take time to play.
I remember a time when my network was almost non-existent. I didn’t put myself in the position to meet new people because frankly, even the word, networking, made my skin crawl. That’s because I didn’t have a good example of what true networking looked like. Fortunately, with deliberate attention, that changed. Today I’m grateful to be able to say I have a vibrant & supportive global network… one that has been a joy to build.
We set goals and never acknowledge or celebrate the small steps we take that move us closer to where we want to be. When you stop and think about it, this actually shouldn’t be a surprise. Even when we accomplish a big goal, it’s not uncommon for there to be an absence of celebration because of the feeling that there’s no time to ‘waste’ before moving on to the next thing.