The Positive Focus

Yesterday was day 28 of 28 of my Positive Focus campaign.

I’ve been posting every day to my Facebook profile.

The rules are simple:

  1. take some time each day to write down the most positive things that happened – whatever the day was like
  2. keep a permanent record so that you can look back over your achievements

The theory is that the mind takes 28 days to acquire a new habit – and that if that habit is to focus on the positive then you will achieve more CONFIDENCE.

Which is the real point of the whole exercise.

If we approach life with a CONFIDENT mind-set, then we can overcome whatever barriers are placed in our way and celebrate our “wins”.

I’ve had some dark days in the last 28.

I emerge with a refreshed level of CONFIDENCE about my own abilities and about the future.

Every day I talk to people who are facing personal and professional challenges.

We all do – there is no escape – in the late 90’s, talked about life being a series of mountains, valleys and missiles.

The mountains are the moments when you feel on top of the world.

The valleys are filled with the darkness of which I spoke earlier.

The missiles are the unexpected nasty surprises.

Over the years I have also described life variously as a roller coaster, a game of snakes and ladders.

Money doesn’t make any difference (someone said money allows you to enjoy your misery in nicer places).

Power and prestige don’t help.

Recognition and celebrity are short-lived and shallow (although the applause is a wonderful drug).

At the end of days it will be your health and the amount of love you can GIVE that will determine your ultimate well-being.

If I could offer you one little bit of advice this morning, it would be to start your own 28-day Positive Focus.

See what happens.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.