PositivityChange Post : Issue 54 : I am (Positively) Back!

I am so happy to announce that www.positivitychange.com is back up and running! I am very happy to be back up because it is nothing like having your own stuff! I feel lighter because I am in control of my platform. Yes, I love our Facebook page but nothing is better than having your own stuff. Optimism in October!

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PositivityChange Post Issue 47 – Do the Best That You Can Do

I hope that everyone is having a productive Monday and start to this week. This week I’m focusing on what happens when you’re stuck in a rut or your progress isn’t as fast as you would like. It happens to all of us. There’s a lull and it seems as if everything has slowed down and you’re stuck. What once worked, no longer does. Well, here are some articles that will help you get out of it!

The Wild Wong discusses 5 reasons why we get into ruts and how to get out of them http://www.thewildwong.com/getting-out-of-a-rut/

Psychology Today shows us 5 ways to get out of a rut and get our groove back

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-angry-therapist/201702/5-ways-get-out-rut-and-get-your-groove-back

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This Week in PCM : How to Rebound from a Setback

 

Okay so you’ve had a setback or you’ll fallen off the wagon. It happens; but, of course, you ask ‘Well, now what?’ Great question. I have the answer because I’ve been there myself. Here are my 5 tips for snapping back from (temporary) defeat.

Admit the truth.

Don’t lie because it makes it worse. Admitting that you’ve messed up is liberating. You are not holding onto the what ifs. Honesty is very important here because once you’ve admitted that you are not where you want to be, you can restart and refocus on getting back up.

Assess where you are and how much farther you have to go.

You have to honestly assess where you’re at and decide if you need a new timeline. You may need a new plan and/or a workaround in order to get back on track. Revising your schedule when necessary means that you remove the pressure of the original timeline. In order to successfully restart, your timeline must be realistic; and, your setback has happened, therefore, your timeline must account for this.

Envision you finishing the goal.

Sometimes we can be so hard on ourselves especially after a setback. Look, we are human, we err. We run amuck and astray. Life happens. We happen. This time when you pick yourself up, start envisioning finishing your goal. I recommend keeping a daily journal to chronicle your progress and thoughts. Write down how you will look and feel completing the goal. Saying that you will be happy is extremely general. Go beyond that and write down every miniscule detail because then you will know what it looks (and feels) like finishing.

Get an accountability partner.

Accountability partners work because when you are down or frustrated, that person will pick you up. You need to have this person or a group of people hold you accountable until you meet your goal. I use meetups to hold me accountable for learning new things and for continuous improvement. As a certified project manager, you need professional development units in order to maintain your certification. That means continuous learning. Life is full of peaks and valleys. Your accountability partners will pull you out of the valleys.

Detach yourself from the outcome.

I know that sounds weird but it is counterintuitive. Oftentimes how we see the outcome isn’t always how it happens. Our lives aren’t always linear. I have noticed that many times when you finish, you can way more than you’ve expected. Say that your goal is to get a promotion. You receive the promotion but you’ve also acquired new skills that you can transfer to other areas where you can seek additional opportunities.

These five tips will guide you from setback to success. Just remember, whether you are in the peak or the valley, dust yourself off and restart!

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How to Rebound from Negativity

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I admit that not every day you are going to feel chipper and positive. Here at http://positivitychange.com/ we totally expect that and have a guide towards bouncing back from the doldrums and the pits.

Get out and breathe the fresh air

When you’re in the dumps, it can feel like the walls are caging in. Don’t stay in that helpless state. Go outside and breathe the fresh air. Just doing this simple activity, reinvigorates you because you are no longer confined to a particular space. Oftentimes, when we feel trapped, the energy is bad. Getting outside releases the energy.

Think of something that you have done right

You are NOT the screw-up that you think you are. We as humans can be very hard on ourselves. We tolerate our wins but falsely accept our failures. Snap out of this because you have done far more right than wrong. You can use this week for an example. Surely, something has gone right for you. Don’t internalize bad feelings.

Plan your happiness comeback

Okay so you are feeling down right now. That’s natural and even healthy that you are owning that feeling right now. The key phrase is right now. Don’t stay there. Plan your comeback. Write down things that make you happy and how you can plan baby steps towards getting back to happy. Use this plan whenever you feel yourself sliding back into helplessness and negativity.