Posted by: successforrealpeople | September 29, 2008

The 15 Minute Challenge

One of the most effective ways to maintain a positive attitude is to fill yourself daily with inspirational and encouraging words, thoughts, or prayers.  This doesn’t need to be a time consuming process.  Fifteen minutes a day is all it takes.  I find that starting and ending my day with one of the following activities, helps me to stay focused and positive, even during difficult times.

  • Meditation: I use this technique to calm and relax myself when I am feeling stressed.  I especially like guided meditations with soothing music in the background.  I also find this technique useful when I am searching for an answer to a question or a problem.
  • Gratitude Journal: I have discovered that I am less likely to get caught up in negative thinking when I am focused on all that I am grateful for.  This activity usually only takes a few minutes so it’s easy to incorporate it into your daily routine.
  • Reading:  This one is easy for me because I love to read.  And what do I read?  I read what successful people have written.  Some of my favorite authors include: Norman Vincent Peale, Zig Ziglar, Napolean Hill, Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Stephen Covey, James Allen, Wayne Dyer, etc..
  • Quotes/Scriptures:  Find several that inspire you and spend a little time each day saying them to yourself and really think about the meaning behind the words.  I have found that the right quote or a scripture will come to mind just when I need it.
  • Network: Spend a few minutes each day connecting with like-minded, positive people.  A daily email exchanged with a positive friend, coworker, or mentor is helpful.  There are also several great websites that help you to be focused and positive.  My favorites are,, and

If you want to improve your life but are short on time, I have a challenge for you.  Beginning today, spend 15 minutes doing any of the activities listed above.  Then mark out the next 20 days on your calendar (it takes 21 days to form a new habit).  The time of day you spend doing these activities is not so important.  What’s important is that you are DOING something each day.  If you find that you have more time to devote to this, GREAT!

If you have an activity that you’ve found helps you to stay focused and positive, please feel free to share it with us.  I’m always looking new and creative ways to maintain a positive state of mind.

“To achieve what you’ve never achieved before, you need to do what you’ve never done before.” ~ Unknown

Wishing you much happiness and success!

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