Re-frame from Negative to Positive

What a wonderful run of international Masterclasses I have had the pleasure of delivering over the past 7 weeks. A trip to Finland followed by Malta then three more trips to Finland – a total of 5 trips over 7 weeks. It has been very exciting, and I am visualising more to come.

My Mental Resilience Masterclass has improved over this time as I have added research and evidence to my presentation which makes it even more effective. I have a very exciting international trip coming up very soon which I will share next week.

It was a tiring journey

Some people would say that the travel is hard work and wouldn’t enjoy it, but I now take a very different view. I remember my first trip to Finland and I had to get up at 2am, drive to Gatwick and then fly to Helsinki. I then had to catch a train to Helsinki town centre then a taxi to the hotel.

I remember sitting on the train for the 30-minute journey thinking “this is hard work” then I stopped and reframed my thinking. I realised that I was one of very few people who had the opportunity to experience this and that it was far better than sitting in an office bored and fed up.

You can change the way you feel

There will come a time in my life when I will be too old to experience this, but right now I am fit and well and enjoying some amazing things. Having a positive mindset completely changes the feelings you attach to each experience.

As soon as I changed my thinking regarding the travel, everything changed. I started to enjoy every part of the journey including getting up at 2am! I caught myself seeing the beauty of the snow lying on the ground and the silence of the train as it glided along.

Change your thinking – change your feelings

I found that by changing my mindset the entire trip changed completely. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and the same happened for the next 3 Finland trips. It amazed me how different the experience was with a simple mindset change.

The mind is powerful and this true-life story I came across demonstrates this really well:

Oprah Winfrey

“Oprah’s dealt with a lot throughout her public life—criticism about her weight, racism, intrusive questions about her sexuality, just to name a few—but she never let it get in the way of her ambition and drive. When you look at her childhood, her personal triumphs are cast in an even more remarkable light.

Growing up, Oprah was reportedly a victim of sexual abuse and was repeatedly molested by her cousin, an uncle, and a family friend. Later, she became pregnant and gave birth to a child at age 14, who passed away just two weeks later.

She kept a positive mindset

But Oprah persevered, going on to finish high school as an honours student, earning a full scholarship to college, and working her way up through the ranks of television, from a local network anchor in Nashville to an international superstar and creator of her OWN network.”

Oprah believes in the principles of Sow and Reap, what you give out is what you get. Do good and good things will happen to you, do bad and bad things will happen to you. It looks like from her personal perspective this has worked very well for her.

Thoughts for the week.

1. What is your mindset when you face challenges and problems?
2. Are you aware of your inner voice? Is it generally negative or positive?
3. The next time you face something negative try to find a seed of something positive in that situation and focus on that.
4. This is what I did in Finland and everything changed.

Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and stay positive.

Warm regards


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