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Your Future Self Will Thank You For Starting To Do This For Only 10 Minutes Every Day

Your Future Self Will Thank You For Starting To Do This For Only 10 Minutes Every Day

“How’s your day?” People ask us about our day all the time. Sometimes, you brushed it off because you know these are just small talks. Often, you had a really bad day and wanted to de-stress. Or maybe, you didn’t even bother to answer. Everyday, we fill our 24 hours up with an extensive to-do list — daily routines, work, sleep, eat, and other miscellaneous, arbitrary things. But have you ever sat down and taken a minute to reflect on your day? If not, here is how and why you should.

When we start to reflect daily, we learn from the little things we experience.

Life has its learning curve. We learn from others, our pasts, our failures, our surroundings, and we adjust our lives and grow from them.

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Take 10 minutes before your bedtime, sit at a quiet spot and analyze your day from the moment you wake up. What did you do? Who did you meet? Where did you go? Was there anything special or rare happened? Ask yourself questions to piece the scattered memories of your day back together. We tend to forget what happened after a short period of time, so writing down your experiences is also useful.

After you have gone through your day, start listing the things you feel like you could improve on, and even think of solutions or approaches to avoid the same mistake from happening.

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  • Was I too emotional when handling this conflict with this person?
  • Was I slacking off at work?
  • Did I rebuff my parents because I was too tired to talk to anyone?

So you may think it’s time to go to bed, but no, you should also list the things you think you managed well that day. Give yourself a pat on your back and tell yourself “I can do this”.

  • I was on time for work today!
  • I helped an old lady with her groceries!
  • I did everything I planned to do today!

Give yourself a confidence boost before you go to bed, and you will be ready to take on the world after a good night’s sleep.

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It’s just 10 minutes a day!

This doesn’t take long, you only need to spend 10 minutes before you go to bed. Separate a private time for yourself, analyze your day, repeat this every night, your outlook and approach to life will certainly transform!

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Last Updated on September 17, 2019

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

1. Spend Time with Positive People

If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

3. Contribute to the Community

One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

8. Offer Compliments to Others

Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

10. Practice Self-Care

Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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