A new acquaintance of mine suggested on Facebook the other day that I join her on positivity challenge. For one week, starting today, we both will only say positive things. I quickly agreed to join her, as I am beginning to love challenges.
For the purposes of my blog, I’m going to call it a Positivity Experiment. For the next week I am going to experiment with both my thoughts and my words, in an attempt to be a more positive presence for others around me as well as have a more positive internal dialog.
I have a couple goals/questions:
1. Can I be positive and have opinions at the same time? Is there a way to positively express a dissenting opinion without coming across negative? I feel like my view of positive people is that they are always agreeable and affirming.
2. Can I be positive and assertive at the same time? I am really curious how this would play out. I wonder, if, in the face of something being a negative influence if I can find a way to stand up for myself and my beliefs while at the same time continuing to be a positive force. I honestly hope not to have to test this at all, but if it should come up I look forward to trying to work it out.
3. Can I be positive while working on my other goals? I, of course, am still working on my fitness challenge and my general desire to become more fit. Can I work on these things and have a positive mind set? It goes back to a post earlier about being body positive and focusing on weight loss at the same time. This positivity experiment is an extension of this crisis of opposing goals.
I am maybe halfway through my day, well, I guess more than that. How have I done so far? Fantastic. I found some negative thoughts while cleaning today, I get those a lot while cleaning, but they were swept away thanks to some Michael Jackson. In general, I haven’t had a lot of reasons to struggle with my positivity challenge today.
I may watch some Parks and Rec episodes later. Rob Lowe’s character, Chris Traeger, has been coming to mind as an unofficial mentor for this challenge/experiment. Even when dumping someone, he was extremely positive and affirming.
In general, I am looking forward finding the sunshine in every day. I love that I am always jumping at a chance to learn more about myself and become a better person physically, mentally, and spiritually.