You don’t have to look very far to see that there’s plenty of anxiety throughout the field to go around. If history is any indication, we tend to have a hair trigger gloom-and-doom reaction when it comes to negativity (remember the economic downturn?). So much so, there’s always a risk of it evolving into self-fulfilling prophecy, but here’s a simple resolution that can help you not only avoid that bear trap but be a happier and more effective.
1) At the end of each day, write down one thing you’re grateful/thankful for or a goal you accomplished on a scrap piece of paper or Post-it note. Don’t forget to add the date.
2) Put it in a box, jar, or some other preferred keepsake storage receptacle.
That’s it. Whenever you’re feeling down or angry throughout 2017, reach into the box and pull out some ready-made affirmation.
At the very least, this will help prevent cranial-rectal inversion syndrome and since positivity is infectious, you may inadvertently help friends and colleagues avoid stepping over the negativity funk precipice.
If You’re Digitally Inclined
If jars, boxes, pen and paper aren’t really your thing, go digital. The process is pretty much the same but use Google Keep or any other preferred list program; the only real requirement is it should be easy to access and quick to use.
One added benefit here is most list programs provide the ability to export the list which opens up some fun possibilities to email yourself one item per day at random or create a sort of affirmation themed word cloud.