Happy New Year! I hope you have taken some time to recharge, get focused and gear up for an exciting 2019.
I spent a lot of time over the holidays reflecting on the past few years both in my professional and personal life. I find it valuable to reflect on the past year's successes but also changes. Change brings opportunity; reflecting on what your biggest asset is when it comes to change can help position you better for those opportunities.
I didn’t have to look too far to realize that my strengths are positivity and optimism. I genuinely believe the best will happen, always. That’s not to say that everything I do turns out positive, but my approach, the energy I put in, the outcome I visualize is always positive and I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t want to be thinking the same way!
I wanted to start 2019 by writing about all of the opportunities we have in front of us and our reasons to be positive. I challenge you to take this approach with you to see what you can achieve in 2019.
So, here goes:
People are important
One of the biggest changes I have made in the last year has been a dedicated focus on surrounding myself with positive, optimistic individuals. Life comes at you fast, there are ups and downs, and the last thing you need is to be associating with anyone who hinders your ability to believe in the best. Focus on removing negative individuals from your life and make room to meet and spend time with the positive people in your life. This has been one of the biggest differences in my energy, and focus. I spend my time learning and growing with people who think like me, and less time with negative energy vampires in my life.
Every interaction counts
They say that 93% of your communication is non-verbal. It’s all about your energy, your body language, your tone, and how you carry yourself. I challenge everyone to make a conscious effort to engage, say hello, and give a high-five or thumbs-up. The more energy and radiating positivity you can bring to each interaction you have, the more you will have the same energy returned. Make time to say hello and become that energy everyone is looking for, you won't believe the difference it makes in your own mood and outlook!
As much as Social Media is the future, it should also start to become a part of your past. I am not suggesting that you completely unplug from social media, but I plan to continue to focus more on opportunities to unplug, disengage, and bring balance.
Your interactions and the people you associate with shape your social media experience much the same as in person. Un-follow those negative people on your Facebook, and delete friends that constantly post about negative news. Create your own social media experience following positive friends and inspirational leaders, who you relate too, and use it as an opportunity to learn.
I use social media as a tool to educate myself by following industry leaders and other profiles that I relate to. Take back control of the time you spend on social media and the people you follow. I am POSITIVE you can turn your social media time into a desirable feed of uplifting and forward-thinking interactions, but this is only done by removing the negative interactions.
Enjoy the journey
This was one of my biggest weaknesses from age 16 – 30. Like so many others, I have been in the rat race we call striving to succeed. I left junior hockey early because I needed to start university. I left university early because I needed to play pro-hockey. I left pro-hockey early so I could start a career, and then I did nothing but focus every minute of every day on GetintheLoop and its success. I have been driven by the “what’s next” for over half of my life.
It was about 18 months ago when I looked back and realized how much I've actually enjoyed being “in the grind.” I have been in control and living out my dream every day, but never stopped to notice it. I was always looking for the next milestone, the next achievement.
I am sort of a millennial, but only older. Today, I see so many people striving for more, to earn more, get that next title, that next date, that next car, or the bigger house. This is all good in my opinion as we need goals, and I celebrate bigger and better. The problem? We feel like we need to get to the next level because where we are at, is not good enough. WRONG. Each and every step of life is a gift and we need to focus on enjoying every day and every step, as you will never be in this place again.
Embrace that even the hardest challenges are opportunities to learn, to improve and all of a sudden they are seen as positive steps on your journey. With the right attitude, a lot of hard work and a bit of luck you're going to end up where you want to be but make sure you take time to appreciate where you are today.
Believe and think positively
You have to believe great things are ahead. First of all, why wouldn’t you? What’s better than waking up every day with the belief that today will be a great day. Almost all of the exciting or positive things that have happened to me in my life came out of nowhere. The path once complete seemed obvious but the whole time I was going down the road I didn’t know exactly how it would happen, I just believed, stayed positive and worked hard. Your next big win, goal, or achievement could be so close, you have to believe it will happen and staying positive will be a key to getting there.
Like with anything in life, to be good at it you have to work at it. Turning your attitude and your approach to a positive one is no different. Take time to focus on it, surround yourself with people, signs, sayings and whatever else it takes for you to replicate and emulate a positive attitude day-in and day-out. It’s amazing what the power of positive people can bring. Join the movement of positivity, hustle, and growth that I plan to focus on as we head into 2019. Here is to another fantastic year!