Childlike Persistence 

When you were a child, you were naturally persistent. If you wanted a cookie, everyone knew it, and they knew it for a long time. 

As we get older, we condition ourselves to be less selfish, exhibit self-control, and practice our manners, and persistence falls away as well. 

But if you’re going to be successful, you have to be a little bit selfish, and sometimes you have to be downright obnoxious about it. 

Here are 3 simple reminders of the truth you knew as a child that will help you succeed today…

 

  • Be Loud

If you’re the kind of person who rarely says what you want, or whispers your intentions, it will be difficult for others to hear, much less help you. Practice cranking up your volume and declaring what you want. Speak your desires, confidently make decisions, and take charge.  Let your voice be heard.

 

  • Be Persistent

Once you know what you want and you are willing to say it out loud…KEEP SAYING IT. This serves several purposes. First, it leaves no room for doubt about what you are about. Secondly, it leaves no room for others to distract or derail you. “I want a cookie.” “I WANT A COOKIE.” “I. WANT. A. COOKIE.” 

 

  • Celebrate Your Failures

The kid in you knows that celebration lifts your spirits. While failure may be painful, it’s also rife with lessons, and those are worth celebrating. Plus if you look at the positive side of your losses, you’ll escape the incapacitation of shame. Shame stops your forward motion. The celebration keeps you going. 

 

Continued persistence can be difficult to maintain as you are nearing the finish line. But if you can embrace your inner child, find the fun in it, and keep your eye on the prize, and you can achieve those hopes, goals, and dreams that are part of your innate being.

 

How Can You Practice Childlike Persistence Today? Share with us in the comments.

 


But if you’re going to be successful, you have to be a little bit selfish, and sometimes you have to be downright obnoxious about it. 

 

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Tips for Thinking More Positively Every Day


As you have learned from our previous blog posts on the subject – and if you are following along with our Positive Thinking Challenge – thinking positively every day has many benefits. It helps with your emotional and physical health, from improving your daily life and relieving stress, to actually helping with your physical health and wellbeing.

If you want to learn how to think more positively every day, here are some tips to get started.

 

Have More Confidence in Your Own Abilities

More often than not, a lot of your negative thoughts are related to fears you have about your own abilities, and not at all rational. Are a lot of your negative thoughts during the day related to how you think you are failing, or in ways you don’t think you will ever succeed? These are the thoughts that are related to your own self-confidence. Start acting with confidence, understanding your best skills, and really playing them up. Focus on your best abilities and qualities, instead of becoming drowned in the skills you think you don’t have.

Act with Intention

It is also important that you act with intention, which will also help you to reframe your thoughts into more positive ones. When you understand what you are doing and why you are doing it, it automatically gives you more confidence about what you can accomplish. This is going to help you feel good about yourself and what you got done, which alone helps a lot with your positive attitude throughout the day.

Find Your Triggers for Negative Thinking

When you have days where it is difficult to get past certain negative thoughts, try to find reasons for those thoughts. Was it from an unexpected event? Do you have an anxiety disorder that leads to irrational fears? Is there someone in your life causing these negative thoughts? What influence does the news or social media have on your mindset?

These and many other things can be triggers for your negative thinking. When you find triggers, you are able to better to handle those situations, so that you can avoid them and hopefully develop a more positive mindset.

Look for the Humor

Sometimes, bad things happen in your life that creates a negative narrative, and you just have to laugh it off. When your car breaks down on the way to work, or you have an embarrassing moment you can’t stop thinking about, just move on, understand you can’t take it back, and laugh it out.