6 Steps to Being Positive

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“Kelvin, are you real? How do you stay so positive?” “I knew you’d have a positive take on this for me. Thanks!” “I’m glad I saw you; I needed my Kelvin fix. You’re just naturally positive… ” I hear that all the time, and I love it.

Truth be told, however, I’m not naturally positive — at least I wasn’t in the beginning. I used to be grumpy, and I used to always wait for the other shoe to drop. But I changed. I became positive by decision, and by choice. And over the years I’ve conditioned myself to cultivate my positive perspective!

Anthony Robbins says, “nothing in life has any meaning, except the meaning you give it,” and I have learned that you can choose to give life a meaning that empowers you, rather than cripples you. And Zig Ziglar says that “positive thinking won’t let you do everything; but it will be let you do anything better than negative thinking will.”

So how did I do it? How did I go from grumpy and always waiting for the other shoe to drop, to the intensely positive person I am today? Here’s the short list of what you can do to become a more positive person.


Yes. DECIDE to be positive. How many happy, negative people do you know? Choose to be positive, uplifting and forward-looking, and your life will change immediately. Make the decision to do what you need to do, to cultivate your winning attitude and mindset.

2. Turn off the news! All of it.

I took a challenge – maybe it was a dare – about 30 years ago to stop listening to the news, including the radio, tv and newspapers. We are assaulted daily with all the bad news there is from around the WORLD. You wouldn’t sit and consent for someone to constantly beat you with a stick, would you? No, that would hurt, and it would definitely have a negative impact on your attitude. The NEWS is that same stick — a constant barrage of negative delivered with intensity and emotion, 99% of which you have zero ability to affect. Turn off the news, and tune in to your own power.

3. Positive People – Period

Birds of a feather flock together. It’s hard to fly with the eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys. Associate with people who love life and who focus on the possibilities in life – not the liabilities in life. Seek them out!

4. Refrain from negative conversation – especially self talk.

This might sound redundant but it’s easy to be drawn into negative conversation and you’ll find yourself processing that. When you find yourself in or about to enter a negative conversation, disengage, have an appointment, go to the bathroom or whatever you need to do to get out of there. Gossiping around the water cooler at work is deadly to your attitude. More importantly, you spend hours and hours each day chattering to yourself, in your head, and research shows that 90% of that internal conversation is negative – abusive even! Tune in to your self-talk, and replace that negative conversation with uplifting empowering conversation.

5. Read or listen to something POSITIVE every day – on purpose! (note: this does NOT include a newspaper)

Engage your other senses. READ something positive, uplifting, empowering daily, and LISTEN to positive things. The best time is just before you go to sleep at night. If you spend just 15 minutes reading something positive, uplifting, empowering before bed, it’s the last thing on your mind before sleeping and you give your brain positive fuel to burn on your way to sleep. You’ll start to wake up in the morning with a different mind set.

6. Do something nice for someone – and don’t let them know it was you. I don’t have to explain that. You felt good just thinking about it, didn’t you? Admit it.

7. Lastly (this is a bonus), find the song by Rare Earth; “I Just Want to Celebrate Another Day of Living.” It’s on their Millennium album, and you can download just that track from Amazon or iTunes for about 99 cents. Listen to it first thing in the morning – on the way to work would be awesome – and a couple of times during the day. I defy you to listen to that song (fairly loud) and not feel better and more energized.

Experts say it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. Do these few steps for 21 days. Make a habit of being positive and your world will change. You’ll master your mindset; and once you master your mindset, you’ll master your life.

Have an awesome day.


write by clark

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