Tell yourself that you can accomplish your task, or that you can at least try
When I was teaching, I saw this with my students constantly. They see an assignment, become intimidated, say “oh, there’s no way I can do this,” and then they don’t really try to do that well on their assignment because they think they won’t do well anyways. Self-fulfilling prophecy is a powerful thing.
Remember that it’s okay to fail
Bear with me here. We live in a society that tells us, you’re not successful unless you succeed 100% at everything you do. But in reality, this concept just isn’t feasible. It may sound cliche, but we learn more from our failures than we ever do from our successes. Failure tells us where to retool, and how to move in a new direction. It keeps us from getting static, and complacent, and pushes us to get creative.
Surround Yourself with People Who Support You
This is insanely important when it comes to staying positive. Sometimes, life is just hard. But, life is even more difficult if you’re surrounded by people who bring you down, and keep you immersed in negativity. I’m not saying that people are (or should be) perfect at all times, but generally, the people in your life should be there to provide mutual love and support for you-especially when you need some help remaining positive.
Remember to Take a Compliment
Now, this might just be a midwestern thing, but me and many of the people I know will sort of shirk compliments off, and sometimes become embarrassed by them. But I think we should remember that most of the time, if someone went out of their way to say something nice to you, they probably meant it. And whether you believe it’s true or not—the glow of positive reinforcement wash over you for a minute. It might just be something that gets you through a day or two.