The first step is always the hardest to take and so by doing so, it's right to pat yourself on the back and buy a massive chocolate fudge cake as a reward. However, something mentioned and discussed a lot less frequently than this great 'first step', is the staying power required for the days, weeks, months or even years afterwards (depending on where your first step is heading). No matter what you may be plotting and scheming to achieve, the chances are there'll be some waiting time involved and it's at that point you have a choice - to forge forwards, or throw in the towel. But what about if you're not ready to walk away and you just need a reminder of why you set out on the path in the first place? Well, that's where these 5 ways of staying optimistic come into play to remind you of why the future is bright!
1. Write a list of all that you have achieved and accomplished (big or small) over the year - remember what you're capable of
2. Envisage your ideal future and version of yourself
3. Be grateful for everything you have - you're more likely to feel bright about the future when you're feeling bright about the present
4. Create a list of short and long term goals (pretty stationery optional!)
5. Be kind to others and be even kinder to yourself - only good things can come from boosting others up and giving your mind a hug every now and again
As you may have gathered from my blog, I can be irritatingly optimistic at times, but that's not to say that we don't all have a cut-off point for how many times we're willing to run up to a brick wall and slam into it. If you feel you're better off walking away.. do so! Having said that, if you still feel as though you're heading in the right direction and you're willing to wait a little longer (or perhaps have your nose bruised by the brick wall one or two more times), then give these 5 points a go. Good luck!
You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down - Charles Chaplin