Focus on the Positive

As an ADD Coach I really try to support my clients in focusing on the positive. Instead of completely focusing on improving their weaknesses I help them become aware of their strengths. I also try to help them look at what is working in their lives instead of just looking at what isn’t working. So in a sense I try help people look at life from the "glass is half full" instead of the "glass is half empty" approach.

As an ADD Coach I also try very hard to practice what I preach. This can be challenging for me because I can be some what of a pessimist when it comes to my own life. I really need to stop myself and switch my train of thought. Today was very challenging for me when it came to looking at the positive.

Curves Weight has always been in issue for me. Over the past year I had lost about 25 pounds but also gained most of it back. Today I took the initiative to began an exercise program and signed up at the local Curves. Part of the sign up process involved me getting on the scale. When I got on the scale I realized I gained all but 7 pounds back of the weight I lost this past year.

I caught myself this time before getting to far into a negative thought process. I needed to remind myself that I am seven pounds less than I was at this time last year. I also a needed to remind myself that going and signing up at curves is huge accomplishment for me. I am once again taking steps improve my health.

Are you able to look at the positives in your life instead of dwelling on the negatives?

2 Comments

  • Maria

    Reply Reply August 15, 2006

    Way to go in signing up for Curves! Enjoy the boost of endorphins, too.

    Thanks for posting this; I really needed to read this today. I’d lost 44 pounds but gained back 12 last year. I’ve now lost 5 of those 12, but still feel discouraged about those other 7. Indeed, it’s hard to remember the big picture.

  • michelle

    Reply Reply August 18, 2006

    That is great that you have done that for yourself!
    When I sign up for things like that my challange is to keep on going. I tend to be gun ho for a while, then I slack off. I think if maybe do things with someone else who is more motivated than myself it might work better. What do you think?

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