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Project Think Positive {Week 4}

Posted Aug 22 2011 10:01am

Who’s ready for Week 4 of Project Think Positive ? Anyone else feeling the better with all your positive thinking? I know I am! My inner Daria is being silenced by proof that positive thinking truly can lift your spirits and help you look at things from a more cheerful perspective (which really makes your day go by better…trust me!).

Week 4 {Action Mantra = Choose Positive}

At HLS this past weekend, we learned about Action Mantras, which are simple sayings that you can utilize in daily life to help you make better decisions. Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of  The Flexitarian Diet , delivered a powerful presentation on action mantras that had the room spinning with love with Action Mantras. At least I know I was truly inspired. Since Dawn is an RD, most of the action mantras she presented were related to diet. For example, she had one that goes “Chair. Table. Plate.” This Action Mantra is to help people who have trouble grazing or snacking because the mantra is a reminder to sit down and eat meals at a table (rather than grazing mindlessly from a bag of potato chips). So Sir-Snacks-A-Lot can simply repeat the Action Mantra “Chair. Table. Plate” throughout the day, or as they reach for that box of crackers and be reminded to have a sit-down meal instead. It’s easy to remember and to use. Awesome, right? The Action Mantras seemed to mesh well with Project Think Positive, so I decided to come up with an Action Mantra for this challenge.

The Action Mantra I’m presenting is based on the simple thought that “words have power” but can be applied in not only words but in actions as well. Many people truly believe that the words you say become reality. They believe that if you say “I’m broke” that you will be. They believe that you should only choose and use words that you want to be your reality. So for this week (and the rest of next week since it’s a short week to end August), be selective in the thoughts (and actions) you use.

*This week’s challenge: Utilize the Action Mantra “Choose Positive”*

If you start to say something negative, try to catch yourself, remind yourself to “Choose Positive”, and say something positive instead. (apply this to actions, too, if you want)

In lieu of providing examples, I’d like to hear what positive words you would use in a couple scencarios below…

Scenario 1: If you’re shopping with a friend and you find yourself getting ready to tell them “I’m broke and can’t buy anything”, instead say something like “__________________.” (fill in the blank with a comment)

Scenario 2: If your friend asks how your job is going and you find yourself getting ready to reply with “My job is awful”, instead say something like “__________________.” (fill in the blank with a comment)

Scenario 3: If your friend asks how you’re doing (and maybe you’re really feeling down or going through a bad time) and you find yourself getting ready to reply with “My life sucks”, instead say something like “__________________.” (fill in the blank with a comment)

Remember (and if you have to, repeat to yourself): Choose Positive

Inspiration

“Every thought is a seed.  If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.  ~Bill Meyer

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Reader Question: In what way(s) have you decided to Choose Positive?

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