Here is a list of thought-provoking ideas to help create a more positive mindset and attitude
NOTE: These require using a little imagination, but it’s worth it!
– 90 years old yesterday.
Experience your own young age right this moment as if you were an elderly person just yesterday, and today you woke up with a complete new lease on your body. Just imagine how that would feel! Take a moment to deeply imagine that scenario. This will increase your gratitude tenfold. It will make you feel so much more physical energy and emotional enthusiasm, and it will give you a sense of opportunity – a “yes!” perspective.
– The Magic Wand
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with to-do’s and you don’t know where to begin, or if you’re just feeling down on yourself because you’re “stuck”, ask yourself what you would have happen if you had a magic wand to fix your circumstances. Specifically, ask yourself, “Ok, if I could have one little thing done, what would be the first thing I would use my magic wand on?” And then point your wand, item by item, and take care of those little things as you think of them. This is excellent for prioritization and decisiveness. This works especially well with personal care and things like cleaning & organizing. Don’t think of the big picture, or the collective to-do list, just think of using your magic wand on the little things individually as they need doing, then do those things as if they’re no big deal. If you imagine having and using a magic wand, it can help you refocus, simplify tasks, make decisions, and stay on track.
– The Million Dollar Challenge
This is to prove that your problems are almost entirely mental. If you’re in a bad mood, or if you’re tired and have no energy, just imagine if someone walked in the room and gave you 1 million dollars. Your mood would change instantly! This goes to show that when thinking “I just can’t“, or “I’m too tired“, it’s simply not the truth (most of the time). The truth is generally you “just won’t” because you’re unmotivated and have lost perspective. But don’t let a temporary lack of motivation fool you into thinking you physically cannot bring yourself to do something productive or improve your attitude. Again, imagine if a million dollars just instantly appeared in front of you – you would certainly change your attitude and become motivated to do just about anything.
– Silver Lining
There is almost ALWAYS some type of silver lining in a situation. Just imagine if an all-powerful being says, “Ok, if you can think of just one little positive thing that might come from this – one positive thing, even if it feels weird to admit and even if it pales in comparison to the negative aspects – then I will grant you significant relief and help you refocus on the big picture”. That would motivate you to come up with something, anything, that is positive – at least some type of silver lining in the midst of the hardship.
– Loved Ones
Imagine your loved ones are with you in spirit, right by your side in a difficult situation, cheering you on and completely supporting and encouraging you. Also imagine yourself as if you are cheering on and supporting your loved ones, and then treat yourself in that same way. Another: imagine your living loved ones had died and now they’re back to life – treat them with as much love & enthusiastic gratitude as if this was the case.
– Use of Limbs (full mobility)
[This will obviously not apply to handicapped or physically disabled individuals. Hopefully any handicapped or disabled individuals who read this can appreciate the intention of encouraging able-bodied people to not take their mobility for granted.]
Deeply imagine being paralyzed or immobile. Picture yourself severely physically disabled. Now notice your current health and mobility. Think how wonderful it would be if you couldn’t use your arms and legs and then all of a sudden you could. That’s actually how awesome it is to have mobility in general! Remind yourself of your healthy physicality as much as possible and be lovingly grateful – and go do something!