Remember that hilarious, borderline horror scene from Mary Poppins where kids (aptly so) complain about cleaning their house?
I’ve never been a huge fan of the movie – but I could always relate to the kids in that scene.
Doing things you don’t like.
But looking back, I have to admit … maybe Poppins (despite being quite syrupy) took something.
Just before the song was released, he announced:
“Everything that needs to be done has a fun element to it. You find fun, and SNAP, work is a game. “
Hmmm. Let’s unpack it for a minute.
We assume that by its very nature, a work is not meant to be fun.
That is why it is called a job.
But what if a simple mindset can get you out of boredom, laziness, and negativity – and make you excited, happy, and motivated?
The key? You need to train your mind to look good in every situation. Even situations that seem initially negative.
Here are three ways to start training your mind to look good in every situation:
# 1: Realize that success takes time – and it’s okay to get bored in the process
Strange things happen in our brains when we are distracted by our goals.
First, we experience the annoying feeling of being unlisted – which in itself is uncomfortable.
But the feeling of unlistedness is usually followed by excitement.
We are bored with our lives. Then we get angry at ourselves for being monotonous. Then we try to think of ways to get bored, and the only thing we can think of to do is bother us in the first place.
Kill me now!
Try this mental rearrangement: From now on, I want you to start looking at monotony not as a sign of stagnation, but as a sign of continuous, steady progress – as I have written here.
Success is inevitable unless you do the little things you need to do every single day to succeed. It’s okay to be annoyed from point A to point A.
Just don’t stop.
# 2: Create a system to start tracking your progress
Sometimes, the biggest reason we fail to look good in everyday situations is because we lose sight of how far we have come. You’re missing the forest for trees.
Remember seeing people coming back from summer vacation and growing six inches? You haven’t seen them in months – so their growth was pretty obvious. But to them, the increase probably didn’t seem noticeable.
The bottom line is that you need to start noticing the small, everyday improvements you make. Over time, this will let you see how far you have come and it will give you a reference point where you want to go.
One way to track these improvements is the Seinfeld solution, which is used by the best thinkers in the world for continuous progress.
Using such a system will gradually train your mind so that you start thinking more positively about the little wins every day.
# 3: Remember that you can still do it – even if others discourage you
It’s hard to follow your dreams when your family, friends and colleagues don’t trust you. It feels good to have people caring about your vision support.
But whenever someone tells you you can’t do something, a goal is “impossible” or a smile on your face, don’t despair.
Instead, train your mind to see their disbelief as a challenge.
Instead of saying, “They’re probably right. I can’t do it” – train yourself to think, “OK. Now, I’ll show you what I can do.”
Whenever someone insults you for showing you how strong your vision is.
Turn their negative energy into your rocket fuel and stop the explosion.