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10 Ways to Drown Out the Negative: Part 2

It’s completely natural to encounter negative thoughts from time to time, especially when it comes to work and running a business. However, dwelling on negative ideas and assumptions typically only causes us to be less productive and more disorganized. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed with negativity. Instead, utilize these simple strategies to sustain a positive outlook.

6. Organize the minor details, so you’ll be ready to conquer your big goals

Rather than viewing yourself as a disorganized mess, get it together by tackling the small details in your life first. Keep your personal life organized so you can take on the big challenge of accomplishing your long-term goals. Feeling gross? Take a shower and straighten up your area before sitting down to work. Worried about a relationship problem? Find a way to work it out so your brain can focus on the task at hand. Don’t let minor issues deter you from remaining dedicated to the big goals you have in mind.

7. Project confidence: fake it ‘til you make it

Replace the negative thoughts that tell you that you can’t do something by increasing your confidence levels, even if you’re not 100% sold on the idea just yet. When you’re confident in your approach, you’re more likely to remain positive even in the face of adversity. You can build your confidence by accomplishing small goals that lead up to more substantial triumphs. View your challenges as opportunities for growth and continue on with strength and self-assurance that you’re doing your best.

8. Instead of envying the success of others, ask them for advice

It’s easy to look at the success of others and feel discouraged in our own lives. However, this is a dangerous mindset that can leave you feeling alone and inadequate. Instead of dwelling on the way you’re not measuring up to others in your field, reach out to them. Find out what tactics they’re using to accomplish their goals and emulate those strategies in your own way. Even if another person’s way doesn’t work perfectly for you, it can be inspiring to discover how your peers go about their daily routines in the travel industry.

9. Make positive connections through networking

It’s also helpful to use networking events to combat your own internal negativity. If you’re worried that your peers may think negatively of you, try refocusing your thoughts on being interested in other attendees and what helpful advice they can bring to the table. Don’t fret over thinking you’re not good enough. Turn your internal conflicts into opportunities for growth.

10. Lean on your support system

If you’re finding it challenging to hold yourself accountable, it may be helpful to find someone else who can. Maintaining a strong support system can go a long way in holding you accountable for your daily routine and long-term goals. This support system can consist of one close friend or even a group of family members. Either way, it’s always encouraging to have someone on your side who believes in you. You’ll be less likely to drown in negative thoughts if you know your support system has your back.

Set yourself up for success by finding someone who can hold you accountable for your goals, network with others in the travel industry to find inspiration and new ideas, become more organized in your personal life, and radiate confidence, whether you’re 100% there yet or not. You can overcome your negative thoughts by taking small steps to replace them with a more positive outlook.

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Sandra McLemore is a digital marketing & business growth expert who got her start in the travel business over 20 years ago as a retail travel agent for STA Travel in a busy campus store front. She then worked her way into VP level in marketing, media and PR roles for the world's biggest cruise lines and travel brands.


Sandra is now the owner of TRAVEL MARKETING & MEDIA (formerly Village Girl Marketing), a marketing agency for travel brands specializing in content creation, design and media.




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Over 12,000 travel agents have taken Sandra's online training, and signed up for her digital marketing solutions.

Sandra lives in Los Angeles and hosts a number of travel programs on cruise line and airline TV and can be seen on network news programs as a leading travel industry expert.  Heading off to the best travel trade conferences? You'll most likely catch her on stage there too!

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