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I’ve gotten pretty good at outsmarting myself – at least in some areas. For example, I know all too well that I’m a speed demon. Especially on highways. If I’m on side roads, I’m pretty reasonable because I don’t want to hit anyone. Dogs, cats, kids, and (sadly) some adults don’t pay attention to traffic or to laws of reason for that matter – they’d just as soon step out in the middle of the road as not. So, I go the speed limit or less. But on the open road – look out!
After getting a speeding ticket, though, I’ve been trying to outsmart myself. Now, I find a slow poke (what I call people who actually go the speed limit) and I ride behind them. This way, when others pass – which they always do – I don’t mind. It’s not my fault, after all…it’s the slowpoke’s. And, yes, I’m one of those people who absolutely hates with a passion to be passed. Maybe that’s partly why I tend to speed – so that I can be the passer rather than the passed.
One of the best ways I’ve found to outsmart the blues is to act as though they don’t exist. We all feel down from time to time – it’s all part of the deal. But that doesn’t mean we have to stay down! When you feel the gray clouds moving in, smile like you’re having the best day of your life….like you haven’t a care in the world. Before you know it, you will have forgotten what was coloring your world blue in the first place.
If you need a little more incentive, say a couple of positive affirmations out loud. Tell someone, “I’m in such a good mood today!” When we say positive statements, our brain thinks we mean them. If we say it often enough, we’ll flat out convince ourselves that it’s the truth.
The good thing about saying affirmations to another person is that your good mood will be contagious – it’ll help put them in good spirits. Basically, you’ll feed off of one another and you’ll make yourself dizzy with all the good vibes!
Make each moment count double,