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Some of my Motivation Monday posts are turning into life motivation instead of fitness and health motivation (but, of course, I’ll keep some of those, too!).  I think there are two reasons for this: 1) It’s all so related.  One of the most important things my health coaching program taught me is that if you are not in a positive place emotionally, even your best efforts at improving your health and wellness can be futile.  And 2) Sunday nights can be tough for me, so I love the chance to remind myself to refocus my thinking in a positive light.  If these two reasons aren’t enough for you, and you’re thinking “Hey, I come here for the nutrition and exercise tips, not to read Megan trying to be Oprah :),” then just let me know in the comments and I’ll refocus.  Feedback is a gift, and I always love yours!

Today, I wanted to share two quotes on positivity. I do believe that a positive attitude changes everything, and that sometimes just lifting yourself out of the downward spiral of negative emotions is all you need to turn your entire day around.  There are always things to be thankful for, so spending a few seconds trying to dig those out and focus on them can do wonders for you.  Give it a try today – I will, too! positive attitude - blog 8.19.13turn negatives into positives

So tell me in the comments … what are your best tips for refocusing yourself on positivity?

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  1. Clara on August 20, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Hey girl, this is my first time reading your blog! I so agree with you, approaching workouts/challenges/life with a positive attitude makes eeeeverything you do so much more enjoyable! When I want to refocus, sometimes I just make myself smile. The act of smiling itself (even if I’m not at my most positive/happiest) does wonders for me. 🙂

    Cheers, Clara
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    • Megan Lyons on August 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Thanks, Clara! It’s hard to remind yourself to be positive sometimes, but it really does help! Glad you stopped by … your blog looks great, too! Exciting that you’re training for a marathon … I’m looking forward to following along!

  2. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on August 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I’m struggling with motivation lately – this is a timely post! One thing I find helpful is to be honest about it. I told my trainer how I was feeling last night and he A) killed my legs and B) helped to get me fired up again.

    • Megan Lyons on August 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Haha, love that #1 was “killed my legs.” That’s a good trainer! Seriously, though, I agree with you … to a point. For example, right now I’m really struggling with motivation at work. On the blog and externally, I do posts like this Motivation Monday one, and they actually DO make me feel better and re-set my perspective (even if they come across as cheesy/ forced). In person at work, I often admit how I’m feeling (in a rational, feedback-oriented conversation to try to improve the situation), and sometimes that really drags me + those around me down. So maybe the lesson is … admit it, see what you can do to change it, and then put on a happy face (fake it until you make it)? There’s clearly no “right” answer, but I’d love to know what you think!

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