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Positivity breeding positivity

Posted on by Sarah

As the Prova team enters its busiest time of the year, with a multitude of motorsport events and environmental exhibitions taking place over the next few weeks, it seemed only fitting that I take a step back, do a bit of reading and come up with some top tips to keep us all focused on our goals!

I don’t think you’d find it shocking for me to say that modern life seems to be more stressful than ever. We are surrounded by media reminding us of the pressures we face at work and home, while there never seems to be enough spare time for relaxation. But, I wonder, how much of this is down to our own ability to process what is deemed as stress, happiness or lack thereof?

We can all be guilty of worrying about the future and what might be. Stressing about things out of our control and, as a result, missing the excitement and opportunity of the here and now. It can be all too easy to forget how privileged we are with some of the things we do and the people we meet.

So, a few top tips….

• Learn to let go, take the lessons from a situation and move on; after all, as a wise man once told me, if you haven’t tried and failed at least once, you’re not trying hard enough!
• Smile, you can actually cheat your brain into happiness by just smiling more and eventually acquire a more positive and happy outlook overall
• Stop thinking about problems and start thinking about how to overcome challenges and make the most of the opportunities in front of you

And now a story…
“Good morning, Pooh Bear,” said Eeyore gloomily. “If it is a good morning,” he said. “Which I doubt,” said he.
“Why, what’s the matter?” Pooh asked.
“Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.”
“Can’t all what?” said Pooh, rubbing his nose.
“Gaiety. Song-and-dance. Here we go round the mulberry bush.”

The problem here is Eeyore is stuck in a rut, a groove, a lack of positivity and that could be why things never look ‘up’ for him. Pooh Bear on the other hand is always looking on the bright side of life (as the Monty Python fans might say) and his pot is never lacking honey.

It is tough to change behavioural patterns but I am a firm believer that it can be done and is infectious. Sure, we will all have occurrences in life that are desperately sad but, in essence, if we all adopt a ‘glass half full’ mentality, things will always look up.

And on that note, I am off to for some gaiety around the mulberry bush. Enjoy the honey!

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