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  • Writer's pictureAntoneely Calizaya

The Power of Positive Thinking: How I Went from Grumpy Cat to Happy Llama

Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a rut, unable to accomplish your goals no matter how hard you tried? That was me for a long time.

As a self-proclaimed multipotentialite, I had a lot of interests and ambitions, but I struggled to follow through on them. I would get excited about a new project, work on it for a few days or weeks, and then lose steam. I couldn't figure out what was holding me back until I realized the problem was in my mindset.

I learned that a positive mindset is like a golden ticket to achieving anything you set your mind. It's not about being blindly optimistic, but rather cultivating a mindset that allows you to overcome obstacles and stay focused on your goals. Here are some techniques that have helped me along the way:

Practice gratitude Take time to appreciate the things that are going well in your life, even if they're small. Like the fact that you finally found that sock that's been missing for three weeks, or that your hair is looking extra fabulous today.

Reframe negative thoughts Instead of getting stuck in a negative spiral, try to look for the positives in any situation. For example, when your boss tells you your idea won't work, reframe it as an opportunity to come up with an even better one.

Surround yourself with positivity Spend time with people who support and encourage you, and who make you feel good about yourself. Like your friend who always compliments your questionable fashion choices. And avoid the haters and Debbie Downers (unless they have really good cookie recipes, of course).

Take care of yourself It's hard to maintain a positive mindset when you're running on fumes. So make sure you're getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating healthy foods (like kale smoothies if you're into that sort of thing). And don't forget to treat yourself every now and then - like with a delicious batch of cookies that you didn't burn (or, if you're like me, a nice pint of ice cream).

Remember, a positive mindset won't magically solve all your problems, but it can give you the motivation and resilience to keep going when things get tough. So, the next time you're feeling down in the dumps, throw on your favourite lucky socks (or undies, no judgement here) for some extra positive vibes.

And if all else fails, just remember that at least you didn't burn down the entire kitchen with those cookies - that's a win in itself.

So keep practising gratitude, reframing those negative thoughts, surrounding yourself with positive people (who won't judge you for your fashion choices), and taking care of yourself (because let's face it, you're fabulous and deserve it). With a healthy mindset, you'll be unstoppable (and maybe even win a cookie-baking competition along the way).

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