- Get a whole piece of paper … 8 1/2 x 11 … and write the word “SMILE” on it.
Tape the sign you just made to the wall or to your mirror.
Now: Stand up, pull your shoulders all the way back and SMILE. Force it. Show teeth. Keep it on as long as possible. Smile as often as possible during the day.
Do it now. Right now. As quickly as possible.
- March around your apartment or house and swing your arms around.
MARCH; don’t walk. Exaggerate the movements. Be as silly and goofy as possible. You can’t be depressed if you are being silly.
If you go for a walk outside, walk as fast as you can and take as long strides as possible. If you lower your frame a bit, you can actually take four foot strides. Practice taking VERY long strides. Gradually build up your endurance. Start with striding from one telephone pole to another and then slow slightly to the next telephone pole, then maximize your stride to the next one. Every other one is a max stride as fast as possible. Increase the distance each time you go out.
- Everywhere you go, imagine that you OWN the place. Make up a list of improvements you will make to the area as soon as you win the lottery. New curbs and sidewalks. Paint that decrepit building.
Instead of complaining about the lack of cashiers at the big box store, visualize how you will change things after you buy the store.
- Go to the library and read memoirs of heroic people. Autobiographies. You will find them in the 940 section. That is the history section, but you want memoirs.
Not books written about these people, but books written BY them.
They are the survivors. People whose positive mental attitude got them through terrible situations. They overcame adversity. What separates the people who wrote the books from those who died? Positive thinking. Learn how to do that from their examples.
While you are at the library, get a copy of “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale.
Consider that 16 year old girl who sailed solo halfway around the world. Most people cannot sail solo halfway around a lake. She got the skills and prepared herself. Listen to her talk. She is positive. Visualize being her.
Read up on all the people who have paddled a canoe solo across the Atlantic. There are plenty of solo sailors who have gone around the world. Look them up and read their books and articles. Visualize developing a sense of self-reliance. Read the book, “Kon Tike” about Thor Heyerdahl and his sailing across the Pacific.
When I was a 16-year old kid, my parents were so overprotective I was not even allowed to ride my bicycle off the block. So I left home as soon as I could and hitchhiked around the world. I just took advantage of opportunities as they revealed themselves to me. By avoiding alcohol-based stupidity, I was able prepare for emergencies and develop a sense of flexibility.
- If you have some money, get a subscription to Guideposts Magazine. It is filled with inspirational stories of people who overcame adversity.