The power of a new notebook (and coffee!) and a positive mind
Today I bought a new notebook. Call me old-fashioned but I love that flutter of excitement you get when you buy new stationary. I almost didn’t want to use it; it’s so crisp and pretty, but that would kind of defeat the point!
Now my other half is not a fan of notebooks. Everything is a note on his phone, a document in Google Drive etc. But with my shiny new notebook in one hand and a coffee in the other, I had this sudden surge of ideas and positive thoughts – marketing strategies, networking, SEO, how I’m going to make millions as a Virtual Assistant. (OK, that last one is a joke – would be cool though, right!)
Now, I know everyone does it, so I’m not about to punish myself for it too much, but I have never really believed in myself from a professional point of view! Until now! Yes, I’ve been successful in my career, and yes, I’ve received numerous compliments from colleagues over the years (without trying to sound too cocky), but hasn’t everyone else? I seemed to have this way of brushing compliments off as a passing comment and feeling slightly awkward, rather than welcoming their kind words and feeling all fuzzy inside.
So, notebook in hand (coffee already drank) I decided to focus on the positives in some of the negative situations I’ve encountered lately. Don’t be under any impression I’m going to be the next Sigmund Freud though; that’s not my forte!
This time last year I doubted myself that I could be a Virtual Assistant, but with some encouragement and compliments (which I’ve learnt to accept now), I’m proud of how I’ve already overcome several barriers and am well on my way to what will (hopefully) be a successful career.
Slightly digressing – does anyone remember that children’s book ‘The Little Engine That Could’? That’s me right now. I’m almost at the top of the mountain, with just one last ‘chug’ before I can enjoy the view from the top. You will be glad to know I’m not going to make a habit of reading Penguin books though. I was talking to a friend today about how I’m going to read ‘The Chimp Paradox’, so it’s likely I will have more to say on mind management (and of course, my journey as a Virtual Assistant) in the future.
Anyway, as said millions of times before, it really is amazing what you can achieve when you set your mind to it and turn those negatives into a passion.
Don’t just think about it, give it a try!