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Your 5 Day Plan For A More Positive YOU! Take The Challenge!

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Make a Plan for Using Positive Words



 

Set a Date Because Here’s Your Plan: Start Reaping Your Rewards!
When I’m not in my right mind, my left mind tends to get rather crowded, so I have to make some real effort to be positive if I really want to see results. A lot of people say they want to be more positive, but how many are willing to take a serious, measured approach toward obtaining this very feasible goal? In order to succeed with anything in life, you need a plan. Especially for someone new to the idea of using positive words, visualizations and positive affirmations. This can be a challenging process, but it’s also very exciting, so try this 5 day challenge! By formulating a secure strategy right now, you have a much better chance of reaching your goals. Let’s look at some tips that will help you accomplish your objectives.
 



Day 1

 


Sit down, either on your own, with your partner or anyone you trust, and set several SMART goals you want to achieve. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym we like to use, meaning:
Sis for specific.
M is for measurable.
Ais for attainable.
Ris for relative.
Tis for time bound.

To determine these goals, you need to effectively and honestly evaluate your current emotional state of mind and select several areas in your life upon which you want to work. Alot is being said about emotional intelligence these days, so it is an important measurment to calculate into your plan of action when remembering to keep S.M.A.R.T. vision for your goals. You might choose to start with your goals for creating greater levels of emotional intelligence so that you will be assisted by that power in achieving your professional, personal, or social goals. Write your goals down, remembering to include a time frame in which you can realistically complete your goals.
 


Day 2

 


Get online and select several positive sayings or affirmations you will use from this point forward. Also, set priorities that are in harmony with your new plan. For example, if motivational stories help you, then place finding 3 motivational stories as your priority. Some people are more moved by inspirational movies, so find a few of those to watch during your weekly scheduling of activities. Whatever your source, find your fuel for positive action and set it as a priority in your life.
It is good idea to start your day with at least one positive affirmation. Repetition is most effective, so you may choose to have a particular affirmation for each given day. For example, on Monday you may opt to have work-related quotes, on Tuesday those relating to relationships and so on. If this is the first time for you to actively approach this idea, then you might choose to start off with 1 basic all encompassing affirmation and memorize that to utilize for your daily nutrition of positive words. Yes, we use the words “daily nutrition” because just as we take vitamins for our daily health nutrition, it’s a good idea to think of the positive words we need for our mental and emotional nutrition, as we have daily requirements for those, as well. This type of nutrition has enormous impact for your self-image! Remember to repeat your positive words throughout the day, as well. The more repetition you can give to these inspirational sayings, the more power they will have to be reflected in your life!

 


Day 3

 


Start to keep a journal of the positive events that occurred throughout your day. You may have completed a project at work or gone that extra mile at the gym. Perhaps you and your partner worked through some emotional difficulty without yelling. At first this exercise may seem stilted and forced, but over time it becomes easier to find successes to chart. The key is to seek positivity in your life and writing down the positive events in your life directs you to give focus to them as you write. It also gives an enormous boost to your self-esteem as you begin to tangibly see in black and white all of the positive changes that are taking place in your life. It enhances your gratitude and an attitude of gratitude will undoubtedly bring you more happiness and appreciation in your life as you continue to move towards your goals. Actually, these things give you the necessary fuel to accomplish new goals. This is a great way to keep your fuel for positive action at high levels.
 


Day 4

 


Continue to use your affirmations, and take another look at your S.M.A.R.T. goals. Will you need any help to achieve some of them? Would a mentor, coach or partner help you stay on track? Could a class give you some additional skills to make one or more of your goals more attainable? We have found a program for improving computer skills online and since it’s helped over 1 million people around the world, it could be useful for you too: Click Here!. This is a good time to find new tools that you will use to help you live a more positive life. If taking an new course would help, there are many you can try, for example: 360training.com- Leading Provider of Continuing Education, Certification & Career Skills and Compliance Solutions This is also a good time to properly assess how these new ideas fit you and your life. Do you see your positive outlook on life changing the way you face life? Have you been consistent with your application? If not, look for ways you can improve on that aspect. Look for how these positive words are reflected in your daily life and remember to enter them into the journaling process you started on Day 3.
 


Day 5

 

 


In addition to the rewards you will receive simply from living in a more positive way, what kinds of tangible incentives would help you keep on track? Small indulgences are wonderful motivators and, if you select the right ones, can actually increase your success, so it’s important to remember to reward yourself. If you have a goal of always looking professional at work, then rewarding yourself for a week of consistent journaling with a new tie, a manicure or a new day planner is a great idea. A book of positive self-talk affirmations by your favorite author may be your reward for facing and conquering a challenge successfully. These inspirational sayings can do alot to keep you on track, so it’s a good idea to surround yourself with them. Again, writing down your plan will help you stick to it and reach the goal. This act of writing is also a form of practice, focus, and consistency.
 

You’re Done and On Your New Path In Life

The process of changing how you react to life’s tests is a gradual one. In a way it is like cleaning out a particularly cluttered basement. The space has a great deal of potential, but you have to do the work to get all the old junk cleaned out before you can enjoy the new rewards and reap their benefits. Whether you are cleaning out your “vocabulary closet” or your “pessimistic attic”, give yourself credit for every little step, no matter how tiny it might seem. If this 5 Day Plan is a bit fast, then give yourself 1 week for each daily activity and make it a 5 Week Plan. The core issue is to get started and give yourself the time you need to implement these activities as consistent aspects of your daily routine. The kinder you are to yourself by using positive words and images, the smoother your transformation will be into this new optimistic you!

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Creative Visualization: Your Tool To Relieve Stress and Gain Success!

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Creative Visualization:


A Stress Management Tool:
Pave Your Way to Success

The use of creative visualization left the Ashram, which was a place where the gurus used to go for their religious retreats and instruction in Hinduism, a long time ago. And thank goodness for that because today, creative visualization is used in corporate settings, in sports settings and for tons of people like you and I as a way to help people move along a desired life path.

When used in conjunction with other stress management techniques such as positive affirmations and of course, positive self-talk, creative visualization takes on even more enormous power as a tool for both individuals and groups doing business as a team. This is an extremely effective tool for anyone who would like to learn how to manage stress effectively and live a happier life.


Why and How Visualization Helps Create a Positive Attitude


Medical doctors tell us that any skill requires a neural pathway be formed in your brain. Some examples of this are looking at the time and practice it takes to learn how to consistently score a free throw in basketball or the same kind of work it takes to routinely feel comfortable giving a public presentation; situations where there is also a high level of pressure. Athletic coaches have discovered that by including visualization techniques they can improve the success rate of their athletes in a wide variety of actions and they’ve proven that with their scores.

It is particularly interesting to notice that simply through the process of imagining yourself accomplishing your goal, you then get the help you need to achieve that goal. Creative visualization increases your optimism towards any goal or objective and this gives you more power to see the actions which keep you in harmony with making your goal a concrete reality.

How To Manage Stress:Use Creative Visualization ImageThis quote from CNN Health explains it well in this quote “Optimism can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe in a positive outcome, you are more likely to act toward it.” Part of the reasoning behind this is that you can visualize a perfect performance thousands of times in your mind without experiencing any physical fatigue because you are laying down. However, your neural map is taking notes of everything that you visualize and that is what moves you towards your goal in a kind of “auto-pilot” simplicity.

There are several steps you can start working with today in order to accomplish this process within your own neural map.

For the purpose of demonstrating the steps, we will use the goal of you making a successful public presentation as our example. But understand that the same steps apply whether it’s your performance on a court or a stage, your dissertation, your job interview or any activity where you would like to ensure successful results of all of your capacities.

Step One: Dissociated Visualization is the Beginning of Positive Thoughts

Close your eyes and look at your objective from a third person perspective. See yourself as a spectator would see you, giving your important presentation without getting flustered. Being part of the audience, you see how others are responding to the speaker (you) with nods and smiles. Everyone is attentive to what you are saying, your notes are in order, and your PowerPoint presentation is attractive and timed perfectly. You see yourself (from the spectator’s point of view) speaking smoothly and fluently from beginning to end. The audience applauds and moves eagerly into the Q and A session.

Positive result: Your brain (neural map) has now begun to lock into place the skills necessary for you to project this effect and feeling upon the spectators of your presentation.

Step Two: Associated Visualization Leads to Positive Thinking

Now see, or creatively visualize yourself as the presenter. Feel your confidence and surge of positive energy as you step up to the microphone! Imagine the notes in your hands, the projector next to you at the right distance, the lighting is correct and everyone is sitting attentively. You take a few deep, relaxing breaths and start speaking. Your tone is firm, smooth and fluent. Your audience laughs at the jokes you’ve prepared for them. They are clearly enjoying your talk and responding to you in a positive manner. You wrap up your speech confidently and answer questions without hesitation, accept the applause and step off the stage successfully.How To Manage Stress:Use Creative Visualization Image

Positive result: You have just trained your mind (neural map) to focus on all of the positive energy that you will emanate during your speech. Your actions will now find new focus and new inner guidance towards fulfilling that which your mind has now set as the desired result, your successful presentation.

Step Three: Intensified Associated Visualization Provides Stress Relief


In this phase you’re going to expand upon your second exercise. Take it to the deepest level of observation that you can think of, remembering the 5 senses of sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.

In this case notice the way sound carries in the room. You might hear a cough or two, hear the rustling of papers or other common sounds. Do you tend to chew gum or a mint right before making a public presentation? Well then, taste the flavor of the gum or the mint. If you are familiar with the room you will be using, you can imagine yourself standing in that space. How does the carpet feel to the touch of the soles of your shoes?

The goal is to make the whole experience familiar, comfortable solidly imprinted in your neural map so that when you do get there, your stress level is so low that you are able to tap into this enormous reserve of positive energy you have built up while doing this exercise.

Positive result: You have solidified your neural map and your auto-pilot function now goes out to bring in everything that is conducive to your achieving your objective.

Learning How To Manage Stress In Your Daily Life Routines: Applying Creative Visualization

If you find that you experience tension or stress every time you perform a certain task, then take note of the fact that creative visualization has the power to alleviate that stress before it starts. Practice going through these steps, starting with just a few minutes for each step. As creative visualization becomes more and more of a habit, you will find it easier to stay focused on the positive picture of you accomplishing your goals a lot more easily.

Here is a diagram to help illustrate how this process works. You can double click it to read the process up close:

How To Manage Stress:Use Creative Visualization Image

Creative visualization gives you more power to reach your goals while eliminating stress and tension, as well.

As researchers on creative visualization at Vanderbilt University advise, there is no perfect right way or wrong way to practice creative visualization, so try practicing your use of this great tool in a number of different ways. You can try creative visualization practice while lying down, while sitting in your favorite chair, with your eyes open, with your eyes closed, in silence, with the stereo on. What’s important is that you practice it. Then with practice, you will gain experience in what suits you best.

It’s quite normal if at first, things like the traffic outside, your neighbor’s barking dog or even the usually pleasant sound of the birds chirping, tend to enter your mind before the sounds you are now choosing to pre-create by living your ideal situation before it happens. That’s ok, just don’t give up on it. Persist with these steps and you will find it easier and easier to block out all of the sounds which don’t pertain to your creative visualization exercise.

How Do You Stop Worrying? Use Creative Visualization

“Why spend time worrying about what you don’t want” ?

You can also look at it this way: how much time do you spend worrying about the outcome of making that presentation, giving that dissertation, or going to that job interview? A friend of mine said something that’s very true and I’d like to share it with you: “Why spend time worrying about what you don’t want” ?, which seems to sum it up in a nutshell….makes a lot of sense, too.

I don’t know about you, but most often, when I spend time “wondering about” the outcome of any given situation, I don’t always tend to see it in the best light. Often, spending time “wondering” is what opens the gateway for fear because wondering can easily turn to worrying. Creative visualization is a tool that will help you to eliminate the fear and help get you into the action of doing what you want to do. By living your actions of accomplishment first within your mind’s neural map, you have built-in images of relaxation toward your goals, instead of fear or tension.

Do you ever wonder about how some moment in time will turn out, then find yourself imagining the worst possible scenarios? I think we all do this from time to time, so this is why taking action to set up a positive path for your mind to follow will help you so much. It will kick in just when you need it!

Begin Practicing Your New Stress Management Skills Today!

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Action has always been and might always be one of the best sources you’ve got within you to defeat fear, so take positive action and let creative visualization help you by keeping you focused, inside your mind and outside by leading you to the right actions to take and the right way that you would like for your 5 senses to react. With practice you will be able to face even your most difficult challenges with equanimity, peace and vitality.

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Here’s to your creative visualization success!
P.S. Be sure to check out: How To Manage Stress 101: The 5 BEST Ways To Ruin Your Career Fast! because a part from the comical twist, you’ll find some people who used creative visualization to create success, and it might just surprise you! :-) !

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