Accentuate the Positive. One Thought at a Time!

"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit." - Helen Keller

Depending on where you are living, you could be waking up to spring daffodils and birdsong or, you may be shoveling out from the latest snowfall. Whatever your circumstances, this too shall pass. Change is around the corner.

How can you make the most out of what is right here, right now? You may not be able to change your circumstances but how could you change your attitude toward your circumstances? What if you were to flip whatever you are telling yourself and re-frame it so that it empowers you? For instance, try removing the words, should, could, can't or never from your self-talk. Replace these with words that build you up rather than tear you down.

We are all engaged in too much negative self-talk. Just look around and you will see it reflected back in the world. The more we talk about the high cost of fuel, the economy, the flu, etc., the more we collectively feed the thought pool of lack and limitation. Wouldn't it be more fun to feast on thoughts and words that accentuate the positive in our lives? We can all do this by paying attention to what we think and say.

As thoughts come up in your mind, notice how you feel. You can tell by the way you feel if your thoughts are uplifting or taking you in a downward spiral of negativity. Watch what you say. Your words contain powerful energy. Whatever you say out loud acts like a boomerang coming straight back to you.

The point is, you have the power to choose in each moment which path you want to travel through life on. You don't have to go it alone. Find others who are stepping off the beaten path to support you. There are many opportunities to do this on and off-line. You could even start your own book club or meeting and invite others to join you.

If you don't know where to begin, start by checking out some resources on affirmations. Louise Haye has a wonderful book, You Can Heal Your Life, which is full of positive affirmations. You can also visit hayhouse.com for books and products that are uplifiting, and  that accentuate the positive.

This spring, plant new seeds of positive thoughts and water daily with affirmations. You can change your life. One thought at a time.