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Seven Steps to Being More Hopeful

    Has life got you down? Have you been thinking depressing thoughts and feeling sorry for yourself lately? Do you need a solution to turn your life around?

    Oftentimes we concentrate our thoughts on what is wrong in our lives, rather than in focusing on how bright our futures can be. We are influenced by what we hear and read that are oftentimes depressing. We have pity parties. We become moody and wallow in self-pity.

    We form deep seated negative attitudes about our life and don�t believe that we can turn our lives around. We need not focus on our pain and what is missing in our lives, but rather focus on how we can make significant changes to improve our situation. We have the choice to be positive or negative.

    Here are some steps to take to be more hopeful about your future.

    • Understand that your thoughts control your emotions. Whatever you think about influences how you are feeling. It's up to you to re-channel what you are thinking about. Replace hopeless thoughts with thoughts about your hopeful future, for extended periods of time. Stop thinking those thoughts that depress you and limit the time you feel sorry for yourself.

    • Imagine what you want your life to be like, and picture yourself there in the near future. Enhance the scene by shining a bright light on yourself. How you feel? Draw a picture of that scene so you can remember it later. Dim the light from this scene and now experience the emotions.

    • Immerse yourself in books, audiovisuals, and web sites that contain information to help inspire you and keep you motivated. Learn from others who have had experience and share their wisdom.

    • Write objectives for your life. Keep this list visible to influence your daily activities. Work toward your goals. Achieving goals brings joy to your life.

    • Surround yourself with people who are supporting and encouraging, rather than critical of your situation. Let these people know your specific needs for assistance, information, and guidance. Seek out role models. These positive people become a sphere of influence for your life. Stop spending time with negative people in your life, and tell these people that they have been drawing energy from you, causing you to feel depressed.

    • Remember other times in your life when things were difficult. Realize that life situations can turn around. Good times follow bad times.

    • Put written notes and signs in your environment reminding you that you can do it. The words �I can't� need to be eliminated from your vocabulary and thoughts. You own the power!

    � Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. would like to read your comments about her column and the impact it has made on your life. She also encourages your ideas for future columns. Contact her at: Rosemarie@RosemarieSpeaks.com, or 1008 Eastchester Dr., Columbus, OH 43230-6230.

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