4 Ways to Maintain a Positive Mindset When You Don’t Feel Like It

I’ve written about the importance of a positive attitude if you want to be successful. However, a positive attitude can be more challenging to maintain on some days than on others.

When you face challenges or feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities, it can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude. Luckily it’s possible to maintain your positive thoughts even when you don’t feel like it.

Try these 4 techniques to uplift your mood and experience the inner peace you deserve:

1. Start your day with something positive.

Decide each morning that you’ll start the day headed in the right direction. Instead of waking up on the wrong side of the bed and setting the stage for a grouchy day, resolve to experience something positive first thing in the morning.

Develop a morning routine that you can repeat daily to ease into your day’s responsibilities. Determine what activities help lighten your mood and put you on the path to positive thinking. Find two or three things you can do each morning that’ll set the stage for a successful day. As these become habits, add to the routine little by little.

A routine will help your body and mind settle in and focus on what you need to accomplish. Instead of rushing around or forgetting important details, your plan will guide you through a peaceful set of steps that calm your mind and create unstoppable momentum.

I personally start the day by making a short to-do list of the most important things I want to accomplish for the day. If I feel rushed or overwhelmed I calm my mind by doing some basic Wim Hof breathing exercises.

2. Set exciting goals.

If you wake up each morning with nothing to look forward to, your mind may quickly latch onto negative feelings that can last throughout the day. Give your life focus by setting goals that motivate and excite you. Write those goals down and review them every day. Each day, take some small action that brings you closer to attaining your goal.

If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not. — Elon Musk

Set aside a few minutes this week to write down all the reasons why each goal is important to you. How will you feel when you reach the goal you’ve set? How will your loved ones be affected? How will your quality of life improve?

Spend a few minutes each day reading through this list. A big enough “why” can help you to overcome obstacles that are in your way.

3. Surround yourself with positive people.

If you want to feel better about your life, hang around people that encourage you and bring out the best in you. Spend more time with people that make you feel good about yourself and less time with those that complain about everything.

If you look at the people in your circle and you don’t get inspired, then you don’t have a circle. You have a cage. — Nipsey Hussle

Every cloud has a silver lining and it’s easier to find that silver lining when you hang around people that help you to see it.

4. Remember that bad days happen.

When you have a bad day, don’t beat yourself up or dwell on it. Remember that tomorrow is a new day with exciting possibilities and challenges. Your next victory is right around the corner if you resolve to start with a fresh perspective.

Today Is Difficult, Tomorrow Is More Difficult, But The Day After Tomorrow Is Beautiful. — Jack Ma

These suggestions will only help if you put them into practice. Pick one or more of them and decide that your happiness is worth small changes that lead to a big payoff. Begin to experience the happiness you deserve by taking positive steps today that will lead to a bright future.

Tips to get started

Tomorrow, add one positive action to your morning routine that will enhance your mindset. Attempt to add three things to your morning routine by the end of the week. Keep track of your compliance. This is the first step toward creating a morning routine that empowers you and your mindset.