“I think I can, I think I can”- famous words that came from The Little Engine That Could. These are words that still get used to encourage oneself or a friend. What happens though when you start to believe those words? Do you actually do what you set out to accomplish?
Having a positive and encouraging mindset is key to living a productive and happy life. For some people this is second nature and others already think I am crazy! That is okay because I am going to share with you how this positive mindset has helped my family and I. And over the next few posts, I am going to share ways that you can bring this positive mindset into your daily routines!
While completing my master’s degree I had to read a book called Positivity by Barbara L. Fredrickson. When I first started reading the book I was feeling a little discouraged, I was over halfway done with my degree but still had a way to go. I was second guessing my decision to pursue my degree but was so far invested that it would have been a waste of money to stop then. So, I kept going. I am so glad I did because I got to read a book I probably never would have read otherwise. This book has been a great reference for me ever since and is the basis on these next few posts. I want to share with you some things that I took away from the book and I encourage you to get a copy of the book as well!
Waking Up Positive
Outlook 1: The alarm clock goes off and I am not ready to get up, it is easy to hit snooze, roll back over and grumble how tired I am still. Eventually I get out of bed and come down stairs to kids’ toys laying everywhere and dishes in the sink. I think how messy my house is and how I need a maid because I just don’t have time to clean constantly. After sending my husband off to work, all I want to do is go back to bed. Then I think about all the things I have to do- Bible study, blog, doTerra, shower, get the kids up and get them ready for school. Ugh, just thinking about it is exhausting! If I want to get these things done, I HAVE to stay up- time for coffee! I will think about cleaning later! Cleaning thought: I need to go through the kids toys, we have too many laying around. I need to sweep up all this dog hair! Oh, I also forgot dishwasher pods on my Walmart Grocery Pickup, crap! So those dishes in the sink will be there for a minute because I just don’t have time to wash them by hand right now!
Wow, just typing that out is depressing! All these thoughts have already thrown me into a negative vibe, caused my anxiety to awaken, and be in full force! Now I have allowed my mindset to focus on the negative. Let me show you how a slight spin on this can change the context of the thought process!
Outlook 2: The alarm goes off- I get to say good morning to my husband and help start his day off well by providing him with a homemade breakfast, I get to kiss him before he leaves. I am blessed that I have a hard working husband. Oh, these toys all over the living room, my kids are very blessed to have people that love them and buy them birthday presents! The smiles on their faces as they imagine themselves being the Paw Patrol team saving a little kitten is so sweet! We need to go through their old toys and donate them to other kids’, so they can have similar experiences. Oh yea, the dishes in the sink, they will be okay to sit there today, I will pick up dishwasher pods on my way home. Thank you, God that they invented those little things- total game changer! Speaking of God, time to go spend some time with Him! Afterwards, I can’t wait to share on my blog, it is a great outlet for me to share stories and hopefully help others! Oh, and I can’t wait to see how the people on my doTerra team are doing. I just love hearing their testimonies how the oils have helped them! Oh, now it is 5:49 – time to get ready for the day so I can go wake those sweet babies up! Their hugs first thing in the morning are the best things ever!
However, it is just as easy for me to be thankful that I woke up to be able to turn my alarm off. Thank you, God for the gift of another day. It is just as easy to see my messy house as a safe environment for my kids to feel loved and to be blessed with the things we have. The dishes in the sink mean that we are blessed enough to be able to eat, God is providing for us.
Waking up early means that I am going to get the most out of the day that I can! It means that I am going to get to see my husband before he drives an hour and a half to work. It means I am going to get to spend time with God in the morning and strengthening that relationship. It means that I am going to get to write my blog posts or work on my doTerra business. So, while my mornings are packed with things that I do, I am so blessed that God gave me another day to do them. So instead of saying I HAVE to do these things, I say I GET to do them.
How do your mornings look, what do you dread or look forward to the most? Is it worth letting yourself get down? Do you feel uplifted when you think of the positive? In the morning, try to think about getting up a little different! Think of the blessings that will come from waking up? What do you GET to do, who do you GET to see? Replace “have to” with “get to”. Spend some time with God and thank him for all those things!