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October 24, 2010

Boost your Bank of Positivity!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fill of all the financial and political doom and gloom these past weeks and months. The economic uncertainty which is unavoidably hitting us all can get you down. Over the past few weeks I cannot remember the number of people – including my own daughters aged 9 and 7 – who have commented on all the negativity in the news. Posturing about it really doesn’t help, but I’m going to share with you my “banking take” on raising your awareness of all those negative emotions we hold on a daily basis whilst stressing the importance of building up your positive credit.

Think of 2 separate bank accounts which we all have whether we know it or not (these banks are completely separate from all the financial chaos around us!)   I like to call them your Bank of Positivity and your Bank of Negativity. Let’s take a brief look at them – what might each account hold and just how healthy are they looking?

Think of your Bank of Positivity, what might it include? A few suggestions – happy holiday memories, energising walks in your favourite countryside, nice comments you’ve been paid or paid to others, seeing your favourite comedy or feel good programme on the telly, enjoying the lovely autumnal colours, sitting in a cosy pub enjoying a pint, those funny little comments your children say which make you smile, your favourite outfit which you feel “hot” in…….in short, anything that makes you feel good. Write them all down, be specific – no particular order or ranking, just as they occur to you. Make it as long as you like, in fact, the longer the better!

Now on a separate bit of paper, think about your Bank of Negativity. What does it hold? For example, yet more bills arriving on your door mat, that argument you had with your teenage son yesterday, the stress you feel on a regular basis, the worry you have about keeping your job which you’re not really happy in but it’s a job, the approaching cold and miserable weather etc – I’m sure you get the picture. Once again, write it all down, keep adding to it till you feel it’s complete.

Which did you find easier to write? Which list is longer? What emotions did you feel as you wrote each list? Is your glass half full or half empty?

What’s the point of the above exercise? Well, it raises your awareness as to how you currently view the world and yourself, what is grabbing and holding your attention.   

What you really want is to keep adding to your Positivity account, topping it up on a daily basis, whether it’s with a few “emotional pounds” or a more extravagant “large emotional cheque”!  A healthy Bank of Positivity account will help to see you through the “rainy days” and those hard times that we inevitably all have from time to time.  If possible, see if you can reduce what you credit to your Negativity account, and if you can, gradually run it down – after all, isn’t it an account you’d rather close if it’s not serving you well? As I’m sure you will know, awareness is the first step to change – if you’re a half empty kind of a person, simply being aware of that is a great start. Try and catch yourself when you’re about to add credit to that Negativity account, and think again. Can you turn that negative into something more positive? Thinking about the Law of Attraction, positivity breeds positivity and I really do believe that’s true. We all know people who just ooze that upbeat energy and isn’t it mesmerisingly attractive?

So, over the coming week, I urge you to take note and tune in to all the good things you see, hear, feel, imagine, think and experience around you, however large or small they may appear to you. Life can be extra tough at the moment, but why fight yourself? 

As Francesca Reigler, the motivational speaker, said “happiness is an attitude. we either make ourselves miserable or happy and strong. Either way, the amount of work is the same”.

And be sure to switch off that News!

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    My partner lost his job a couple of months ago, but the blessings are a much less stressed guy to live with and time to spend together rather than him being away so many nights a week.
    There may be increased unemployment but we all have a fantastic blessing here in the UK a FREE health service if we need it. No one is going to drop bombs on us at night as was the case for our grand parents generation. We have good free primary and secondary education, how many families in the world would be greatful for that?
    Bank of positivity or Counting your Blessings it all adds up to a calmer inner life, and that is something worth aiming for!

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