Shift your thinking and change your life.

Years ago, I had a roommate who was incredibly negative. One evening “Theresa” and I arrived home from work after a particularly long day. Neither of us had eaten dinner and we were just plain hungry, cranky and tired. The circumstances provoked a heated debate about some world issue.

As usual, I was promoting an optimistic view of the situation. Theresa, who was always pessimistic about things, took the negative view. She was quite adamant that her view was right. She was so incensed with me that at one point she stamped her foot, put her hand on her hip and proclaimed…


I have to admit that I burst out laughing at this comment, which didn’t help Theresa’s mood one bit. I just thought it was incredibly funny and I will cherish it for the rest of my life!

Remembering that story got me to thinking…Have you ever been around someone who is a complainer or fear monger? It’s draining! “The gas prices are awful.” “The economy is going down the tubes.” “The recession will never end.” “There are no jobs out there.”

If you find yourself thinking like this, shift your focus. What you say to yourself is often a self-fulfilling prophecy. It may take some work to change your habitual thoughts but it’s worth the effort. Try saying things like,

“Let me be open to new ideas.”

“Things have a way of working out for me.”

“The economy may be bad, but I’m open and receptive to new avenues of income.”

“I’ve gotten through tough times before. I’ll get through this.”

“I trust my inner wisdom to guide me to a better situation.”

If it’s tough for you to do this, try to channel your “Inner Lynn.” Remember me? I’m the pathologically positive one!

What things do you say to yourself when times are tough? I’d love to hear your affirmations or positive statements.