Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Find Something To Look Forward To

We sometimes fall into mundane daily routines that can dampen our spirits. It is important to always find something to look forward to. It could be the package you are expecting in the mail, your plans to meet a friend for coffee, or the exciting new movie waiting for you at home. By focusing your energy on whatever you are looking forward to, there is less time to fester on the negative aspects of life.

Set up rewards ahead of time. Make plans with friends, order stuff online, get a Netflix or blockbuster membership. Take the steps necessary to plan for things. Mark on your calendar all the upcoming concerts, or festivals that you would like to go to. You don't have to attend all of them but it gives you something to look forward to. The events are just options if you feel up to it. Setting up a reward can be as simple as marinating a steak in the fridge and dreaming about it at work.

Focus on the things that you enjoy, no matter how insignificant they are. I like to check my AdSense/analytics accounts every morning to see how many readers are reading this blog, and to find out how much money the blog made from the previous day. It only takes 1 minute, but it is something to get me out of bed. Some people enjoy reading the morning newspaper over a cup of coffee. Do whatever it takes and find something you enjoy. Like opening presents on Christmas morning, you would be surprised how much easier it is to start the day when there is something to look forward to.

Share your enjoyment with others. By verbally acknowledging whatever you find enjoyable it reinforces the feeling of gratitude. "Did you see the article in today's paper?" or "Readers have really increased from last week." If you are talking about the good things in life, you can't complain about the bad.

Look forward to things in life, if you just sit around complaining all day, are you really living? What things do you enjoy? What keeps you going thoughout the day?

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