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Always down? Surround yourself with positivity

SUPPORT: Getting some help when times are tough can help you adopt a more positive mindset

IT WAS THE American entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn who said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

With this in mind, you should think about the people you’re spending time with the same way you think about your diet or how much exercise you do.

One of the best ways to achieve your goals is to surround yourself with positive people.

Do the people around you put you down? Or doubt your abilities?

Perhaps they always criticise your ideas without ever offering any of their own.

If you recognise these scenarios, it’s very possible that you're surrounded with people who will not help you become successful in reaching your goals.

On the other hand, the energy that positive people have never seems to let them down, and they succeed in achieving the goals in life that they have set themselves.

Positive people can help you stay on track and energise you towards your own personal goals.

Often, they share the same goals that you have, and are happy to pass on their wisdom and their techniques.

So, how do you find these positive, like-minded people?

Here are five tips to help you find them, network with them, and glean valuable informa- tion and advice...

1. Smile

Although it may sound silly, smiling puts forth an image that instantly draws people towards you, especially other positive people.

Having and showcasing a good perspective of life's ups and downs makes other people want to be around you.

Positivity is a difficult frame of mind to sustain all the time, and therefore, people are always looking for a way to be more optimistic. Staying positive is the building block of achieving your successes, as its opposite is futile. Smile and you'll attract other positive people!

2. Communicate positively

Although we all have rough days when nothing seems to be going our way, the last thing you want to do is complain and whine. No one likes a complainer, right?

For example, if someone were to ask you in a friendly manner, 'How are you to- day?', don't shoot back that ‘life stinks' or that you're just ‘alive', or something to that effect.

Instead, take a moment – and a breath – and then reply with optimism, even if you're having a tough day.

After all, positive people don't waste their time or energy on complainers or negative people.

Even if you're not feeling all that positive, by remaining optimistic in your outlook you'll still attract positive people towards you.

3. Think positively

Keeping a level head on your trek toward success is one key to obtaining your objectives.

Thinking positively – even through disappointment – will enable you to find the good in every situation and attract the positive people who share this vision.

Even if you don't really subscribe to these positive thoughts at first, or you find positive thinking difficult, sooner or later making yourself think positively will create a pattern of positive thoughts in your brain.

We've all got energy within us and we have the choice to use it constructively or destructively. If you want to attract positive people to network, then you'll notice they try to be upbeat and optimistic, even during difficult times.

4. Act positively

It isn't enough to smile, communicate, and think positively when pursuing your goal. You must also put forth actions to substantiate this positivism.

For example, perhaps you thought you could get a promotion in the past, but then sat idly by while someone else snatched it up. This time, transform those positive thoughts into action!

Showing your boss and employees that you are proactive and positive will set you up for more successes.

5. Reach out

Lastly, reach out to people at your work, in your circle of friends, or even to people on the street who seem to exemplify positivism. Ask them what it is that makes them continue to be positive and reach their objectives.

Seeking out positive people will not only give you valuable information to help you reach your goals, but you will also become a successful person with your own network of positive friends and role models.

Being positive and exemplifying positivism attracts others. After all, like attracts like.

People enjoy being around others with similar attitudes and, by maintaining a positive mindset, you'll surely lead yourself to those successful people you seek.

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