One of the worst general situations that can happen to you in life, is that you fall into a “negative spiral,” or “vicious cycle,” where every unfortunate incident that befalls you seems to trigger a wave of others, with the end result being that circumstances deteriorate more or less indefinitely, as you struggle to make sense of what’s going on.
This is an especially terrifying concept because, at some point, we are all going to be in situations where we are vulnerable, and look to things like senior home care in order to help us out. The idea, then, of things going wrong at the worst time, isn’t very fun.
But just as negative spirals exist, so too do positive spirals – and they have the ability to take you to incredible heights, launching you from strength to strength, and from positive coincidence to positive coincidence.
Here are just a few suggestions on how to cause a positive spiral to develop in your own life.
Work to optimise your energy levels, as a key priority
There’s an old saying which has more than a grain of truth to it, which goes “the harder I work, the luckier I get.”
The thing is, it’s difficult to work hard, consistently – or to do much of anything, consistently, for that matter – if your energy levels are always so extraordinarily low that you struggle to get out of bed on any given day.
Ultimately, working to optimise your energy levels is one of the best ways of setting the stage for you to launch yourself into a positive spiral. Because when you have more energy, you can be more creative, be more consistent, get more things done, and work to turn optimism into your “default mode of being.”
Emphasise things like getting enough sleep, eating enough food (and nutritious food, too,) and getting regular exercise. Always be on the lookout for ways to boost your everyday energy levels.
Come up with accountability systems and mechanisms to keep you moving in the right direction
When all is said and done, it’s typically very difficult to keep yourself driven to do the best and most productive thing you can be doing at any given moment, and to keep doing it consistently. Yet that is what it takes to create a positive spiral.
A very effective solution, here, is to develop accountability systems and mechanisms that can keep you in check, and ensure that you have “skin in the game.”
Consider signing “commitment contracts” with friends and family, for example, or getting a specific “accountability buddy.”
Begin by establishing effective “keystone habits”
In his book, “The Power of Habit,” Charles Duhigg spent some time investigating phenomenon he referred to as “keystone habits.”
Essentially, “keystone habits” are habits that cause a cascade of change in your life, more or less automatically.
An example of a negative keystone habit might be something like smoking – which then makes you feel less like exercising, causes you health issues, makes you more impatient, and affects your behavior in related ways.
What you want to do is to establish effective and positive “keystone habits,” to set you off on your positive spiral. Things like waking up early, or working out, typically cause positive change in different areas, simultaneously.