In my first teaching job, we always began the year by setting a goal. We would write this goal on an index card and place it in an envelope. Midway through the year, this goal would turn up in our mailbox, so that we could monitor our own progress.
This was kind of an inside joke between my aide and me, because we always had the same goal: to be more positive.
It wasn’t that we didn’t take our goal seriously or try to be positive. It’s just that those pesky “negative” thoughts and words always crept in.
And it wasn’t only at work that this was happening. I noticed negativity in my conversations, in my self-talk, and in my mood, in all aspects of my life. And during my last winter living in the house in Michigan, I launched an all-out effort to change it.
How did I…
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