By Bridget O'Reilly
As entrepreneurs, students, adults, parents.... well, people really, it's easy to focus on all the not-so-beautiful aspects of our day to day lives. But good news, it is possible to work on changing your thinking habits on your own if you take the time to evaluate why you're feeling uninspired.
As I've prepared for the past few months to start my travel adventures, I know that I'm currently afraid of a lot of unknowns: Will we run out of money? What if I'm not preparing enough? How will others perceive me? What if something goes really wrong?
After some research, I found that it's helpful to work on these anxieties by writing down each of my fears/stresses/thoughts and compare them with the actual facts of the situation. I ask myself questions like: What is truly the worst possible outcome of this situation? Am I looking at this situation correctly; what proof do I have of my fears? Can I really handle this situation even though I doubt myself? What can I do to change this situation? When I compare the fears versus the facts of the situation, it's easier for me to think about things more rationally.
In addition to those steps, I've found that small snippets of wisdom help keep me in an overall positive mood. Below I've included some words that remind me that if I choose to focus on the beauty of each day, I can only be successful.