Our mind is a powerful thing. The thoughts we let in (positive or negative), the ideas we let in, and so on, have a major effect on our well-being. The example of the placebo effect can give us enough proof of that. Check out this article, or this article if you’re not sure what I mean, or want to dive deeper. Ultimately, what we believe in can influence our physical health. What we focus on can influence our success, our level of stress, and so on. It all comes down to mindset.
So, I thought I’d share three positive things that I’m seeing in the world right now. There’s a lot more than three, for sure, but the idea is to go and seek and find the positives for yourself. Spend time thinking of new things to add to the list. That’s the best way to turn our minds around. It doesn’t mean we ignore dangers or ignore reality, but to remember that our reality is also a matter of perspective. Glass half-empty, or glass half-full? I’m not re-inventing the wheel here with these ideas. But, if you need more proof, I’m happy to provide it! Just leave a comment, or send me a message through my contact page. Ok… enough jabber, let’s get to the good stuff!
Some Positive Things I’ve Noticed:
Some of my students are doing better with the change! Amazing, right? I’ve seen the stress levels drop, the anxiousness drop, and an increase in happy faces on my screen.
Without the need to “get it” right away in class, with the ability to pause lessons, repeat lessons, and so on, some are getting a little more out of their education than earlier. I’m seeing some of my students nail a topic down quicker than what I’ve seen from them before. How awesome is that?
Obviously, this is not for everyone, but some are seeing a new option for their education, and they’re thriving in it. Maybe they’ll choose to stick with it after this is all done, while others will be racing to the front doors of their school in joy! To each their own, and this whole experience might open the educational doors for some who just did not find success on the traditional path.
There’s this great opportunity for so many students right now, and that’s a better chance to explore their interests and try new things! The main reason why most struggle with choosing college majors and careers is they haven’t tried enough “stuff” to get passionate about something. Now’s the perfect time to try some stuff! And you don’t have to go anywhere for so much of it.
If you’re looking for some ways to explore new things, let me know. I have folders and folders of saved resources that I’ve collected over the years. The breadth of online education is far more reaching than most realize! The majority is free or really inexpensive. I’m happy to share them with anyone. Just let me know.
Here’s another thing to notice from everywhere and everyone. A massive surge in creativity—out of the need to keep businesses afloat, the desire to connect and be together, and out of the pure necessity to stomp out boredom! I love witnessing this surge, and I hope you are too. It’s a testament to this incredible well of power inside us all.
Now, It’s Your Turn!
Share some of the positive things you’re finding right now. There are so many! Again, this doesn’t’ mean I’m not caring about those who are suffering or those who are going through difficult times. For me, I’ve found that dwelling on all that leaves me incapable of helping any of it. If you want to help your community, that’s really great and you should do it. But, how much help can anyone provide if they’re living in a constant state of fear and stress and anxiety? I don’t want the doctor who says, “You have a 10% chance of getting through this, I’m sorry.” I want the doctor who says, “Even though the stats give you only a 10% chance, I want to help you be in that 10%. What do you say? Do you want to fight with me?”
Which doctor are you going to be right now?