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Find Your Joy in Selling

Baskar Sundaram
Baskar Sundaram

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Make simple changes for lasting results

It is safe to say that we are all not happy all the time. Life has its ups and downs. But there are days when we just feel tired and don’t want to leave our bed. The day seems long and hectic. There is just too much to do and all you want to do is curl up in bed.

There is no surefire method that guarantees happiness but there are changes you can make in your day to day life, habits to incorporate and remove, that will inspire you and improve your life.

Cheer Up Your Reflection

We all criticise ourselves a lot. As Friedrich Nietzsche said, “But the worst enemy you can meet will always be yourself.” How often do we look at ourselves in the mirror in the morning and point out everything “wrong” with us? We are unhappy with our body, face, hair and nitpick things. Then we proceed to think about the tasks that need to be dealt with.

But it is about time we change this habit of ours. We should be our own cheerleaders. Instead of self-criticism start with words of encouragement and love. Praise your body for keeping you alive. Pat yourself on the back for making it so far.

High Fives

In her book The High 5 Habit, Mel Robbins talks about the power behind high fives and urges her readers to high five their reflection every morning.  This simple act of high fiving your reflection can trigger a change inside your brain. High fives are associated with encouragement, approval and happy memories.

When you do something different early in the morning, like giving yourself a high five, your brain becomes alert. Combining that with thoughts of encouragement and love will bring about a long-lasting positive change.

Be Positive

It is very easy to go down a spiral of negative thoughts. Being positive is not just about having a positive attitude. It is also about being kind to yourself. Negative behaviour can spring from self-doubt and hatred. We feel overwhelmed, unworthy and pressured often and most times these emotions are triggered by our self-criticism. Start by loving yourself and develop a kinder attitude to yourself.

Change Your Thoughts

Rewire your brain to think differently. The first step was high fiving yourself. But how can you change what your brain focuses on? After years of focusing and reminding yourself of your failures, disappointments, rejections and setbacks, how exactly can you rewire your brain?

Start by interrupting your thoughts. When thoughts of self-doubt creep in, stop yourself by using a mantra. Mel Ribbons recommends using positive mantras like “I’m getting stronger every day” or “ I deserve to feel good today”. Positive beliefs bring positive change. Now act like the person you want to be. Your brain will try to close the gap between action and thought. Your new action will make your brain think that the new belief is true.

Gratitude

How often do we find ourselves apologising? Saying “sorry” seems like a harmless habit but apologising constantly is linked to an underlying feeling of guilt. Instead of feeling guilty for needing support, show your appreciation. Feel and show gratitude. Living your best authentic life means you will need support from others from time to time. By saying “thank you” you are showing that you appreciate their generosity and you are acknowledging your needs and communicating them. You should not feel guilty for your needs and desires. 

          Habits are fully incorporated after following them for 21 days. Give yourself 21 days of high fives and a positive outlook. Incorporate these simple changes into your life and feel the difference.

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