I gotta admit it – I am super lucky and fortunate. This type of prosperity is built on hard work and diligence, a great network with awesome relationships, a sprinkle of being at the right place at the right time, and some good luck. It’s a pretty good gig the majority of the time, but there are those few days that can be very difficult. During those times, I pull up my “Positive Feedback” file, and my mood lightens.
Being an anti-clutter person, when I received hard copy mail or notes, I read them and subsequently threw them out. However, if I received a lovely note and one of encouragement, I felt bad if I discarded it. It was like I was throwing all the good sentiments in the trash. And that’s not where it belongs. If I physically filed it away, it wouldn’t be in my view to review again. My solution was that I began scanning the notes in and saving them in an Evernote notebook. This is a game changer.
When I receive less than stellar news, wake up in a bad mood, or am involved in a negative encounter, I typically click on the notebook. There is an e-mail from my dad stating how proud he is of me professionally. There’s a thank you note from a friend who appreciates our friendship. And I’ve saved notes and e-mails from friends who have said that I make them better, and have helped them grow. I continue to look forward to adding to this collection.
Rereading these notes definitely swings my mood in a better position. I use Evernote which syncs on all my devices so I can pull these up anywhere and any time. I highly recommend that you have an electronic positive feedback file. This is a tool that can help shift negative thoughts into positive one. This is an instrument that can limit your energy from being depleted. Don’t you think you owe this to yourself?