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A series of blogs by  Shanna Forrestall of Forrestall Consulting.  #sms4u #dontbeamonkey

Getting Better at Bringing Good Vibes

It’s no secret that the “energy” and “expectations” we carry into each day affect not only us, but the people around us.  So as we think about how to grow our influence and our business, it’s worth focusing on what we can do to bring a positive slant to the work we do each day.

Here are a few tips I’ve compiled to help us all stay on track.

  1. It seems fairly simple, but the first thing we can do is just to decide to focus on the positive over the negative.  Sometimes just the act of “readjusting” our thoughts can change everything!

  2. Love and accept yourself and others. When we actually learn to appreciate our uniqueness and to be kind to ourselves, it gets much easier to be kind and forgiving with others.

  3. Let the past be the past.  Keep yourself centered and in the moment.  Feeling overwhelmed?  Step aside for a moment and do something that helps you to “ground” in the present.  For me it’s walking away from my digital devices, going for a walk, making a cup of tea or spending more time with animals or in nature.

  4. Watch what you say.  Catch yourself when you’re being negative or talking about things that bring you or others down.  Change your words and talk about something “great” instead.

  5. Laugh more, smile more.  Have some “pick-me-ups” readily available.  Turn on a fun or happy song.  Listen to a comedian.  Watch cat and cucumber videos.  Get your mind off of whatever is stressing you out, and laugh a little more often.  Smiles generate smiles.

  6. Be thankful.  Sometimes all it takes to turn around our own sadness, depression or frustration is to start listing all of the things we have to be grateful for.  You know, we live in America.  Most of us have a warm safe place to live, a car or transportation, no worries about food or clean water.  That’s more than much of the world can claim.

These are just a few, I’m sure you can think of many ideas of your own to share.

Have you experienced a “good vibe” moment lately where a cheerful, helpful or positive outlook made everything better?  I’d love to hear more about your experiences and your tips for bringing in the good “juju.”

Smiles, Shanna

Shanna Forrestall - Forrestall Consulting - Pasadena, CA