Some days are harder than others but every day ends on a good note when we can feel that we did our best, or that we helped out our friends, our co-workers, maybe even our community. Feeling positive about our actions gives us a clear conscience at the end of the day so it’s important to remember how to keep that positive energy flowing no matter how hard the day gets.
Practice the Positive
One of the best and easiest ways to ensure a good end to the day is to develop the habit of positive thinking. Negative thoughts breed negative feelings and, in some instances, negative actions. Making it a habit to immediately weed negativity out of your thoughts and out of your life will keep the positive energy flowing and the positive actions the norm for you.
Think Before You Speak
It is easy to get caught up in conversations and say things without meaning them. Off the cuff remarks can add nuances to a conversation that have rippling effects. Practice the art of connecting your thoughts to your speech and these consequences will be more for the good than the bad.
Practice the Art of Awareness
Being aware of how you’re feeling will make you more aware of what you’re saying and doing. It also helps to extend that awareness to those around you. Words that may be fine in any other situation can be flaming arrows on a day when a co-worker is experiencing stress in some other area of their lives. Casual comments may be received in a not so casual manner by someone who is feeling overwhelmed.
Learn to spot the looks that indicate that someone you know isn’t themselves. Be kind enough to be gentler with someone who is going through a rough patch. If you notice that someone appears offended or upset by something you’ve said or done, deal with the matter right then and there. Speak to them, apologize if needed and don’t let bad reactions color the relationship or your day. Dealing with problems as they arise means they don’t linger around to spoil other situations.
Stand Up For What is Right
Nothing can leave you more frustrated than the knowledge that you didn’t speak up when you really wanted to. At the end of the day, knowing that you stood up for what was right will leave you with a clear conscience. No matter how the situation ended you can feel good that you did or said what you believed in.
Set Goals and Work to Accomplish Them
Some days feel like you’re just spinning your wheels and going nowhere. Setting goals can help avoid that feeling by giving you tangible results that reflect your progress. Goals focus your attention on working toward what you want through good time management. At the end of the day, seeing the progress you are making toward your goals will be great positive reinforcement.