Positivity: The Key to Success

June 1, 2019, The Writ, Millennial Minute

One windy yet warm afternoon while driving home from work, I responded to my Aunt Jan’s inquiry about how I was doing. My words echoed back to me, and I realized I had complained about the weather becoming colder, increased traffic in town and that I had been feeling a little stressed out. In true Aunt Jan fashion, I was told I needed to change my mentality and should not use negative words such as “stressed out,” because if I used negative words I would think negatively. Aunt Jan suggested instead that I say I was having a “topsy-turvy day” or a “butterfly day” and to try to think more positively. In true fashion, my Aunt Jan imparted her wise advice, and I felt less like I was having a “butterfly day” and more inspired to work on a positive mindset. I was reminded that we all need a little pep talk every now and then.

Whether a judge, partner, associate or assistant, no one is immune to springtime doldrums. As spring weather teases us with promises of sunshine and longer days and children’s screams pierce the warm air with excitement for summer, it can be easy to fill this time of transition with negative and stressful thoughts. Now I have to find something to keep the kids busy this summer! How can I manage to meet my billable hours and enjoy summer activities? When is it going to stop snowing and just be warm? My allergies are running me down! It is important for your mental health and the mental wellbeing of others in your office to be aware of your state of mind and to work to have a more positive outlook. To read entire article click here.

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