Positive Vibes Only

Positive Vibes Only

Do your friends have positive vibes? Do you have positive vibes? World renowned motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”  Whether we realize it or not, we’re significantly influenced by our friends and it affects our decisions and way of thinking.

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Don’t Feed Your ANTs

Yesterday, we read our students a great book titled Don’t feed the ANTs by Erin Bernardi. This book taught an awesome lesson about Mindfulness. Bernardi coined the acronym ANTs, which stands for Automatic Negative Thoughts. The book explored various ways that negative thoughts play a role in our daily lives.

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Have you ever been handed a test, and immediately thought that you were going to fail? Or have you ever finally mustered up enough courage to pursue your dream, and suddenly thought it was too difficult? Every day we all have ANTs, whether they be thoughts of fear, sadness, or frustration. Today, I challenge you to find a technique that helps you, when conflicted with ANTs. Feel free to share some techniques that you may already use.

P.S. Remember to Inhale Positivity, Exhale Negativity

(Photo by Jessica Landis.)

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Look Forward

A few years ago, I entered a local motivational speech competition. My speech focused on the journey a caterpillar takes to becoming a butterfly, and I compared my life to it. Growing up I wanted to know my purpose in life, and like others I struggled finding it.  Compared to a caterpillar, I also crawled through each day at a slow pace. I often worried about the past and things I couldn’t change.[expander_maker id=”2″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

It took some time for me to realize, that the past has no bearing on my future.  I’ve learned that it’s okay to take time to work on myself.   They say tomorrow isn’t promised, so every morning I seize the opportunity to be a little better than I was the day before. Remember your past doesn’t define who you are, nor does it determine your future.

“Nobody gets to live life backwards. Look ahead, and that’s where your future lies.”

– Ann Landers

(Photo by Joyce Henderson.)

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Keep Knocking

Have you ever felt like you’ve made all the right decisions, and yet the outcome isn’t what you were hoping for?  I spoke with someone recently who was in this situation.  Over the course of her life, she’s felt that the majority of her choices were the right ones.

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Whether it was being kind to those who were rude, or giving to those in need, she did the right thing.  She repeatedly asked me, when is it her turn? When is it her turn to be happy? When is it her turn to be successful?  My answer, was something I learned when I was younger, if it doesn’t open, it’s not your door. Even if you make all the right moves, things sometimes don’t always go as planned.  Unfortunately, that’s how life tends to be. The only thing you can do is stay consistent, and hopeful, while believing that one day your door will open.  Life has a way of blessing you when you least expect it. My advice to those who are in similar positions, is to keep knocking, and one day your door will open.

(Photo by Abriendo Puertas.)

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