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Hi,
Thanks for sharing this. Making huge changes in our lives can be scary and intimidating. I think that's why we sometimes stay stuck where we are. But once we get past the fear we can move on to a happier place. Your tips are wonderful. Simple but profound. Thank-you!

~Dandy

Dandy - Thanks for your comment! Life changes can definitely be intimidating and I hope that sharing my story and offering some tips will help some people make positive changes in their lives. Thanks again for reading Positively Present!

Number 9 is so important. You really can change your life. Just don't be afraid of change. It can be intimidating but can end up being the best thing you've ever done for yourself!

Molly - Yes it is! Too often people don't believe they can change and it's that not believing that holds them back from making any progress at all. Change, as I know all too well, can be a very scary thing, but it's often the only choice when it comes to living the life you want to live.

> Every idea might not work for you, but having an open mind really helps lead to a positive life
Well put, and so true.

We have to find our own paths, but learn and draw from others.

love 8 and 9. very important.

J.D. - I'm glad you like that line! I've had a lot of experience with that because I read a lot of books and articles on positivity, but not all of them are easy for me to relate to. It's important for people to find what works for them and not try to adhere to every single belief others have. Thanks for your comment!

Reka - Thank you! I agree that those are two of the most important aspects for living a more positive life.

Number 10 is the one to me that really count. Refuse to give up. Of course the other 9 tips are right one, but if you want to make changes in your life you can never give up. Giving up only means you will never know.
Debbie

Debbie - #10 is absolutely essential if you want to live a positive life. We're all faced with obstacles when it comes to positivity and it's crucial never to give up. Thanks for your comment!

Yes you have summed it up nicely! The list goes on and on. I like to say "stop and return" the minute my mind wanders from the present. This way every aspect of life comes into changing my way of living. The real "me" comes to the surface in a seemingly effortless manner. I love the refernce to Eminem!

Thanks for sharing so honestly about your journey - I can relate for sure.

I especially like the part in #10 about not listening to others. I think it's critical we listen to our own inner voice, to follow our the passions in our heart, to do what's right for us, and to walk our own path. Too often we listen outside of ourselves instead of what's inside. Takes courage but boy, it feels good!

that's quite a motivating song, i listened to it, thank you for the inspiring post :)

Derrick - I like the idea of "stop and return." That's a really great concept when it comes to living in the present moment. I'm so glad you liked the Eminem reference! That song has been really inspiring for me!

Actions for Good - You're welcome! I'm so happy I was able to share my experiences with you and that you could relate to the. As you noted, #10 is so important because if we don't listen to our own hearts, we won't necessarily be doing what's truly right for us.

Farouk - I'm glad you checked out the song. It's definitely been motivating me lately and I'm glad I was able to share it. Thanks for the comment on the post!

Greetings Dani! :)

Finding Positively Present last year was one of the best things I've found and done for myself while on the internet. This is my first comment - I'll be commenting a bit more now.

The ten to-do things are what I've been doing in the last few months. I suppose one thing to add would be to periodically laugh at things. Laughing is so lovely.

Yours truly,
Debbie

This is great, thanks for the post! I stumbled across your blog randomly and ironically, I have had a very similar experience in "finding positivity" within myself and my own life. I think #8 & 9 are particularly true, as those were certainly the toughest obstacles for me to overcome in this year and a half journey. I, too, started a blog to inspire happiness and positivity and dammit it worked! I love finding other peoples success stories as well. Too cool!

Below is a comment V.E. attempted to leave on the blog:

I have a question about #2, which is: how do I do that? I have a couple close best friends who are, plainly put, total downers. The first is the kind of guy who would refuse to let me go if I said I wanted space. Luckily for me, I guess, we don't currently live in the same state, so I really only have to deal with him when he's in town, but he's threatening to move back home, something which I REALLY do not want because it would mean fielding his calls and advances that much more often.

The other guy is... also a downer. But in this case, I promised him I would never abandon him. If I pull back from hanging out with him (which is a drain on me at the moment), he will see that as an indication that I'm about to stop talking to him altogether (a worry probably not that unjustified), which would be exactly what he feels everyone else in his life has already done.

I love both these guys like brothers, but they complain almost nonstop and are generally difficult to be around. It's been at the point of "ugh I just can't hang out today" for months (maybe years?) now, but neither of them have ever gotten the hint. So my question is, how do I do #2 without hurting someone else? Or should I just accept that, when I do #2, I'm probably going to hurt someone else and start the extraction process now?

Thanks for your blog,
V.E.
http://www.duncanheights.com/blog

Debbie - Yay! I'm so happy you found Positively Present and you enjoy reading it! Thank you so much for reading and stopping by to leave a comment. :) Laughing is a great addition to that list. Thanks for bringing that up.

Candice - So happy you randomly stumbled across the site and could relate to what I've been going through. Living a more positive life is tricky, and it's great to know I'm not the only one out there trying to do it! It's amazing how much blogging can help with positivity. I'm looking forward checking out your site.

V.E. - Thanks so much for your comment. You bring up a great point and are in a situation that I'm sure a lot of people are struggling with -- how to deal with negative people you don't want to completely get rid of. It can be really hard to deal with this situation, but it's possible to make the best of it. Check out this article for some ideas: http://www.positivelypresent.com/2010/08/6-tips-for-staying-positive-around-negativity.html.

This is important guidance for anyone who wants to feel better about their life and their situation.

SEA - Thanks so much for your comment. Glad you found this post to be useful!

Really loved the first one.Stop doing things that make you unhappy.I used to be a chain smoker few months back i promised myself every morning that i will quit.Never kept the promise and trust me it feels like hell when you break promises every day.Fast forward 2 months ,I am smoke free and it feels great.Really liked your post.
dev-lifeasiknowit.blogspot.com

Dev - Thanks! I'm glad you could relate to #1 on a personal level. Good for you for quitting smoking! I know how hard that is, but it's an amazing accomplishment!

These are fantastic tips. I hope you don't mind that I've shared these on my FB page "The Journey of Living Deliberately' at http://t.co/lhLb9MT.

Wenny - Thank you! I don't mind at all. Thanks so much for sharing them!!

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