Cultivating Positive Attitude Towards Life

>> Wednesday, July 19, 2017

More often than not, many of us find it difficult to cultivate a positive attitude on a consistent basis. It's human nature to make even small problems seem bigger than they really are. This is why it's important to begin the practice of being mindful of our attitudes and views on a daily basis. This self-awareness makes us more aware of our thought patterns and triggers. If we can catch a negative thought before it forms solidly, we can more often than not curb its disastrous effects on our attitude. 

Taking Inventory

The first part of cultivating a positive attitude begins by paying attention to how we react to normal everyday setbacks. Do setbacks make it difficult to move on to other things and focus? Do we find ourselves spending an unusually large amount of time on them? Do we tend to make small things bigger than they are? Do you fly into a rage every time you have to replace the Kenworth t600 parts on your truck? These are all questions that you should ask yourself because they hold the vital keys to your success in terms of developing a positive attitude.

Decide on a Course of Action
Once you've become aware of your behavior patterns and trigger points, decide on a course of action or attitude to put into place when you experience these bouts of negative thinking. Will you stop and meditate for 5 or 10 minutes? Will you practice breathing exercise? Perhaps it might be helpful to take a break from struggling. Whatever course of action you decide on, make sure that you are consistent.

Put it in Action Once you've gotten the observation, and action piece to the puzzle in place, apply the strategies that you decided to use as a solution. Slow down, take a break, or simply breathe. Whatever you decided to do in response to your negative thoughts should be practiced consistently. If you've chosen a strategy that doesn't work, try something different.

Most of us don't fully realize that we are not obligated to accept negative thinking. We can become mindful enough to address negative thoughts when they rear their ugly heads. However, it's a commitment that must be kept every time a negative thought threatens to ruin your sunny day. Practice dealing with your negative thoughts in a healthy manner. It will make a huge difference.


Finding the Best Contractor for Your Dream Home

>> Friday, July 14, 2017

Life is short, so why live in a house that’s less than a dream home? Yes, getting a home with all those special amenities, like a spa bathroom or a window seat in the master bedroom might seem like the stuff of interior design magazines, but it is possible. Many homeowners take charge of doing a home renovation by getting ideas from magazines and websites and then getting leads for contractors who can help make their home renovation a reality. How do they do it all?

Start With a Concept

A homeowner who wants to renovate their home should start getting ideas about what they want in their “new” home. There are great websites and magazines available that have loads of design ideas, with photos. These can be a great guide in visualizing what is really wanted in a newly redone home. Once a concept has been decided on, it’s wise to meet with a licensed contractor to work through the reality of achieving a real renovation.

Finding Contractors

Where does a homeowner find a great contractor? While in the past the search might be limited to a few referrals from friends, today there are some excellent websites available that have leads for great contractors with information about their past projects. All of this is invaluable information for finding the right person to make a home renovation work.

Once a good candidate has been found, a phone consultation should be arranged. That conversation can help clarify the details of the project, and give the homeowner a chance to talk out what they would really like to do with their home. The contractor can help give the “nuts and bolts” of the plans to the homeowner, and let them know what is really possible, and what the budget may be. If the estimate seems way too high, the contractor may be able to suggest changes that can bring the project’s costs down.

No, taking on a home renovation is not a small task. With the right professional expertise, however, that dream home can soon become an incredible reality. So start checking those websites, and get ready for the home you’ve always wanted.


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