This past weekend, I got my first tattoo, which has given me very mixed feelings. On one hand, I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo, and now I finally have one, but on the other hand, I realize that I have something permanent on my body, which I may not like 20 years from now. However, this tattoo has reminded of some important things we should always do to stay positive.
- Don’t regret the things you’ve done. This is the first step in the right direction, to a more positive outlook on life. We’ve all made mistakes, and we have to learn to live with them. If we dwell on those mistakes, we are going to be miserable, but if we move on, we are more likely to lead a happier, more self-accepting life.
- Don’t underestimate yourself. Have you ever been faced with a challenge, such a job interview or an exam, where you felt like you were going to fail but did miraculously? That’s why not to underestimate yourself. In fact, underestimating yourself only breeds anxiety and increases your likelyhood to fail. Instead, be confident and up for the task at hand.
- Embrace life’s challenges. A lot of times, when we face a challenge, we may want to become distressed and crumple, but it’s important to appreciate the hurdles we must face in life and take the positives that come with them. For example, when I was 18, I moved over 2,000 miles away from my hometown. As much as this was a challenge for me, it was a growing experience, which has led me to be a much more independent individual.
- Be thankful for this moment, here and now. After this moment, nothing is going to be the same, so it’s important to be thankful for what you have when you have it. You may think that you’ll be best friends with so-and-so for the rest of your life, but in reality, within the next few years, there’s a strong chance you’ll grow apart. So, enjoy what you have while it’s here.
How do you stay positive? Share in the comments section. 🙂
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