Do you remember learning about fire safety as a child? I remember my 3rd grade class standing outside in the grass practicing those three little words... "Stop, Drop, and Roll". Teachers told us if your clothes happen to start on fire, (although in 3rd grade I wasn't exactly sure how that may just 'happen'), 'Stop, Drop, and Roll' were instructions as children we could easily remember, not to mention just fun to practice.
'Stop, Drop, and Roll' are commands that I've taught my dog. (Stop, DOWN, and Roll actually.) Sadie knows how to do all three. The problem is she insists on doing all three at once. She'll sit, drop to the ground, roll over, and pop up looking for her treat all in one command. It's quite comical.
'Stop, Drop, and Roll' are also three easily remembered action words for ways you can feel more positive. We all face stress, anxiety, and challenges in today's world that get us down and allow pessimism to take hold. That little voice of negativity in our head gets louder and louder eventually leading to self-talk filled with self-doubt and that self-doubt keeps us from moving ahead and being successful.
You can overcome that pessimism and self-doubt, however, and feel more positive in life by remembering those three little words with a twist...
STOP... comparing yourself to others.
There will always be someone doing what you do, not necessarily better or worse, but just differently. It does you no good to compare yourself to that which is different. You're supposed to be different. God put you on this earth for YOUR purpose; not someone else's.
DROP... the baggage getting in your way.
Why increase your level of stress and anxiety when there are people out there just waiting to help you? Delegate tasks to your children. Ask a friend, neighbor, or co-worker for help on that with which you are struggling. Hire people to do those things you hate the most. Drop the baggage that's filled with excuses. Control your stress by enlisting some help.
ROLL... beyond the voices of self-doubt.
This one takes some practice and conscious effort. We all have a little voice inside that gives us direction. Some call it a conscience. Others call it their gut. Whatever you call it, it's self-talk and you have the power to control it vs. it controlling you. The self-talk of "You can't do that" or "That's just crazy" seems harmless enough, but it's what leads to pessmism and negativity that keeps you from achieving your goals. Next time you hear that voice, tell yourself (out loud if necessary) just the opposite. Start telling yourself "I can do this" or "This will be fun" Developing positive self-talk is an excellent way of reducing anxiety as well.
Next time you're feeling stressed, negative, or anxious, remember those three little words!