10 Ways to Stay Motivated and Have a Positive Attitude

February 1, 2019
This info was published in the Huffington Post by Stacia Pierce who is a life coach. It is a challenge for all of us to be positive all the time for sure. The details in this piece are a good reminder and a good review.

In life, there may be times when negativity seems to surround you, suffocating your dreams and destroying your hope. When that happens, many go through their day being saturated with negativity and accepting it as a way of life. While you can’t always control what happens to you, you can control how you respond to it. Seek to create a positive environment for yourself and you’ll begin to become more motivated to achieve your dreams and goals. Here are 10 ways to stay motivated through hard times:

1. Have an attitude of expectancy.

You will get what you expect. Expect something great to happen for you every day and it will. Say aloud each morning to yourself in the mirror, “I expect something good to happen for me today!”

2. Take control over what you can and stop worrying about what you can’t.

Some things are within your control, while other things are not. Learn to recognize the difference. Refuse to worry about circumstances beyond your control. Don’t allow yourself to become so emotionally entangled that it paralyzes your progress.Things may not always work out perfectly, but the sooner you get over them, the quicker you move on to your next victory. Only you can control your own actions and reactions.

3. Read and listen to positive information.

If you /ill your mind with uplifting and inspiring information, it will keep you motivated. Go to the bookstore or library today and /ind at least one book on a positive topic that will give you a boost. You need constant reminders telling you that you are capable of achievement.

4. Be with positive people as often as possible.

Negative people and conversations will have you focused on all the wrong things and may take your focus off of your goals. Seek out positive people and don’t engage in negative conversations. Instead, choose to remain neutral or just don’t participate at all. If you/ind yourself caught in the middle of a conversation that is going in the wrong direction, change the subject to something productive. Try saying something like, “I am focused on finishing this new project. I’m really excited about it.” If you are stuck on the phone with a negative person, you could cut it short by telling them,“I have an important appointment/meeting/conference call in five minutes and I need to finish preparing for it now.”

5. Speak positive affirmations.

Words have a creative force. Regardless of what is going on around you, speak out loud what you want to happen. Write out an affirmation that you can say daily and put it up somewhere that you are sure to see it every day, like your bathroom mirror or your refrigerator.

6. Learn from your mistakes, instead of repeating them.

We all make mistakes; the key is to learn from them and keep on moving. Conduct regular self-evaluations and examine how you handled situations and what you could do differently next time. Write down possible solutions and outcomes so when you are faced with a problem you can properly think through the best way to handle it.

7. Make a plan.

There is a very popular saying: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” When you take time to plan, you allow yourself to think through the entire process from beginning to end. This can spark ideas, improve productivity and ensure a great outcome. Once you have a written agenda, you are immediately going to be motivated to accomplish it. Without one, you have nothing to run with and end up feeling stuck. Write out your to-do list the night before. Identify the three most important things that you must accomplish the next day and start with those first.

8. Celebrate accomplishments, whether big or small.

Always take time out to celebrate. Rewards play a huge part in staying motivated. Reward yourself each and every time you reach a goal. It could be anything from throwing a party to taking a weekend away or treating yourself to a movie night. Just don’t overlook it. Think about something you have recently accomplished and plan a way to celebrate it within the next 10 days. It can be as simple as going out for ice cream. Reward yourself — you are worth it!

9. Build a support team.

Having the right team in place to help you is crucial to your success. You will be amazed at what you and your team can accomplish when you are all motivated and working toward the same goal. It is worth the effort to put the right support system in place. Make a list of some winning people in your circle that you can partner with, exchange ideas with and who can help you get things done.

10. Rehearse your victories.

Often times we forget how far we’ve come and the successes we’ve already accomplished. Designate a token of achievement that you can carry with you to remind yourself that you are a winner. It doesn’t matter if it is big or small. Go back and look at your trophies, certificates, a special note of congratulations or anything that will keep you motivated when you are facing tough life moments.

An infectious, positive attitude can shift your entire life. Infusing your mind with positive thoughts will cause you to produce more positive results in your life.Right now you’re getting as many opportunities as you think you can have. You’re making just the amount of money you really believe you can. To break into making what you’ve only dreamed of and wished for, you must start thinking, believing and speaking like you’re already worth that number! Purpose fully infusing your life with a positive perspective will keep you motivated and eliminate all negative sources out of your life.

Alleviate Dental Anxiety

Whether it’s dental anxiety (patients with a sense of uneasiness and exaggerated worries when their appointment draws near), or full-/ledged dental phobia (those that are terrified or panic stricken with intense dread), it’s estimated that up to15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of these fearful feelings. Could virtual reality technology have an answer? Extensive research has shown thatVR is indeed a highly effective method for treating anxiety disorders and related problems.

For example, Physicians from the University ofLouisville use computerized virtual reality environments to create highly realistic simulations which safely and gradually expose patients to fear inducing situations. Patients are coached on overcoming their fears and building effective coping skills, all while in a safe, private setting, which can be easily stopped or repeated. Currently treated issues include fear of /lying, fear of heights, public speaking anxiety, social phobia, arachnophobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other common sources of anxiety.

The development of commercial VR means that headsets are now more widely available, which will open up access to these already-developed therapies for many new patients.

From virtually performed equipment diagnostics, to virtually performed surgeries, the dental applications for current and emerging virtual reality technologies are varied…and growing. What do you think? Do you have confidence in this technology, and look to “virtually transform” your practice, or do you plan to remain in“traditional” reality?

At Patterson Dental we often talk about creating a great “patient experience” and why this is so important in your practice. I think we can all agree that patient’s purchasing habits have changed over the last few years. The question is have we adapted to our patients? Are we creating more value for our services and building stronger relationships? I want to do this in my business and also want to help you do this in your practice. I believe we have great ideas to share and help implement in your practice.Let’s work together and reach our potential and have some fun in dentistry!“”

-Brad Backman