Our training as coaches for Beachbody encourages us to do a great deal of personal development. We are actually encouraged to spend time every single day reading in a PD book, to help us to improve ourselves and keep our perspective straight and priorities in order.
In the past, I’ve always viewed this type of book as somewhat…hokey. 🙂 They were always a little too outlandish or different for me (a judgement made without ever cracking the cover). But when I started my training I was committed to being all-in, so I cracked open the first book that was recommended (The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy) and I was hooked. It was such an eye-opener for me and had my head spinning with all the possibilities.
I have since read many more books, and each one brings new ideas to the table. All of them have made me a better person and given me more drive to succeed in all the roles which I hold: wife, mother, neighbor, friend, sister, daughter, coach, business woman, and community member. I have had cause to look at each of these roles and consider what I am doing right and what I can improve on, and the changes are so…refreshing!
One concept that is recurring through many of the books is the idea of remaining positive and optimistic. If you focus on the negative things in life (or even the possibility of negative things), those things are going to multiply and all you’ll have is trouble. If you can instead focus on what is right and good in your life (or the possibility of good things happening), you will attract those good things to you and you cannot fail.
As a result, I have made a commitment to myself. I choose to be opportunity-minded. I will starve problems, not fan the flames. I will feed opportunity and encourage it with my optimism.
How could this concept help in your life? Is there a dream you’ve set to the side with thoughts of it’s impossibility? This is something that can be applied to any aspect of your life, no matter how big or small. I dare you to try it. Put away the negative thoughts and emotions. You choose what is in your head, so push them out and replace them with optimism…and just see what comes of it.