Negative finds us at the weirdest times. We’ll be having a really good day, and someone will cut you off while you’re driving and ruin that mood. You’ll have a great day and wanted to just get a hamburger. You get your burger, but they didn’t add cheese. Little things have a way of setting us off and putting us down a negative path for the rest of the day. I know I have had it happen countless times, and sometimes it really derails me. It starts a spiral and a week later I’m still trying to put myself back on track. Today, I am not allowed to think these negative thoughts.
Not long ago, I read the Secret for the first time. This idea of positive thinking and imagining your life as it should be, and living that life inside your head to perpetuate it in reality resonated with me. Partially, I think it did so because I had read something very similar with Alan Moore’s Promethea. Positive thinking can change your life, and I have completed a lot in the short time since I read the book and situated myself to live the life I want to live.
I think part of it is having the right friends and people in your life to help the whirlpool of positivity swirling in the same way that the negative spirals happen. When I get done about my writing, and it happens a lot, I tend to tell my co-writer about it. He reinforces these positive ideas and the restless of the stories that we have been writing together. We have been working for years, and I know there’s an eye roll when it does it. (Yet again, Josh?) But, he gives me a little boost forward.
My bad habits perpetuate the negative thinking as well. I tend to wake up hung over and I do not want to do things. Then, because I don’t have the drive to do things, I don’t do them. Then, I’m beating myself up about not doing them. It’s not that I don’t feel creative, I just don’t have the will to do it. Last week, I went out and was out until 9am. I just made sure I got all my stuff done before I did that. It still made it hard to work the next morning with my sluggish behavior. I’m back on track now, and need to keep the positivity going.
The biggest positive thing today… I finished my novella. It’s an amazing feeling. Of course, my two editors could very easily tell me to change something. However, I do not need to change anything major moving forward. It’s going to be small things and nitpicks to make it amazing. That makes me incredibly happy and I can keep that positive energy flowing throughout the rest of the day and through the weekend. Now, I get to start writing something new and that adventure will be fun. That makes me smile, and smiles are infectious.
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