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7 Ways to Become a More Positive Communicator

1. Think before you speak or act.

Don’t just react. Pause and take a minute to think about how you want to respond in an accountable way.

2. Keep an open mind.

Don’t jump to conclusions. Every story has two sides to it and somewhere in the middle you’ll find the truth.

3. Replace Negative Thoughts With Positive Affirmations

Instead of harping on a bad thought, replace it with a positive affirmation. Positive affirmations are positive statements that are said with confidence and a perceived truth. By saying them, we are addressing something negative in our lives in a healthy way by putting a positive spin on it. You have to fully believe the words that are coming out of your mouth and use phrases that you know will steer you to a better outlook. Don't just say, "I am a good person," but say things like: "I am caring and thoughtful and I love myself." When you get more specific, it will help you see the picture much more clearly.

How we think about a problem impacts us

Focusing on the good. Our feelings follow our focus. Our minds tend towards negative but we can train them.

4. Cultivate a soothing voice.

Remember, the tone of your voice means more than what you say. Watch your body language. Keep your body open and relaxed.

5. Never lose an opportunity to praise or say a kind word.

Say something nice to someone. Look for what is good and say something about it.

6. Exceed expectations.

Always go the extra mile and do more than is expected of you. Better yet, do it with a smile.

7. Focus On The Present

When you focus on the here and now, you will have a better chance of not being negative about yourself because you are not thinking about past mistakes. By constantly thinking about these, you are allowing yourself to beat yourself up. When I start to think about my past mistakes, I try to always use this saying to make myself stop, "By thinking of this now, is this going to change the past?" Of course, the answer is no. The mind can become really irrational when you let it run totally wild. Sometimes we need to take a step back and come back to Earth to understand exactly what we are thinking and why. Let the past be in the past; embrace your mistakes and look forward to your future instead.

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