Your Positive Thoughts Are Worth Protecting
By Tom Richards
With the wife and kids already tucked in bed, I run through my nightly duties of buttoning up the house for the evening. Having done this routine many times, my tour through the house is second nature, sometimes completed without my thinking about it.
As I lock the doors, shut the windows and prepare the house for a good night’s rest, a certain comfort comes over me. I know that with my forethought and active preparation, everything within my home is safe and secure. I can rest knowing that my family is well-protected.
While most of us are familiar with the great care placed on securing our home at night, many of us forget the importance of our own protection when we leave that house in the morning. We scramble off to work, unguarded and unready for whatever life may throw our way. At work, we allow the volatile winds of melodrama, gossip and petty details whip through our bodies and minds, leaving us stressed, anxious and drained at the end of the day. We fail to realize that just a few minutes of preparation in the morning could give us the same security and calmness throughout our day as we have during a restful night.
Leaving your mental doors and windows wide open every morning makes you susceptible to very real, though less obvious, threats to your overall wellbeing. You invite the negative thoughts and actions of those around you to creep in and weigh you down. Their contamination of your thoughts is as dangerous as having an intruder assault you in your own house. Without protection, it becomes easy to accept this negativity as normal and let it consume your everyday life. By locking up your mental doors, you can safeguard the positive thoughts and ideals that make the most of your day.
Guarding yourself from negativity does not mean shutting others out or even avoiding potentially negative situations. Rather, it is a proactive approach to protect the valuable thoughts and feelings that let you enjoy life. It is the decision to accept and deal with the ups and downs of life without letting them infect your positive thoughts and values.
Buttoning up your mental house is not an easy task. However, with continued practice, you can learn to make it as natural and routine as locking up your home at night. The simple act of choosing to guard your mental home is all it takes to make the difference in how you respond to different situations throughout the day. Choosing to secure your positive thoughts is the only action you need to take to make it happen.
With this choice, you will find yourself going out of your way to make sure you are not sucked into infectious water cooler talk or arguments of who’s right and who’s wrong. You will clearly recognize destructive people and situations, and realize there are better places where you should be spending your time and energy. When you start putting your time and energy into positive things, you will undoubtedly generate more positive results in your life.
While some shrug off the benefits of sustaining positive thoughts, those who have it as a part of their daily life know that it is much more than just feeling good. Apart from enhancing your personal life, its business implications are limitless. Your positive outlook will breed creativity, motivation and energy within your business, fostering your best work. It will also have a profound affect on your business relationships, service, and sales. To put it simply, when you feel your best, you will perform your best.
As you go through your nightly routine of preparing your house for a good night’s rest, ask yourself if you have equally protected yourself throughout the day. With well-guarded positive thoughts, you will have the strength to deal with anything that comes your way, and enjoy it.
Tom Richard is a speaker, writer and trainer who has dedicated his life to spreading the joy that comes from selling and marketing in a natural and enjoyable way. He is a syndicated business columnist who conducts more than 50 seminars each year. For more information on training opportunities or to subscribe to his weekly newsletter, visit http://www.boltfromblue.com/.