Plan P: To Be Positively Positive

July 5th, 2009


Remember how your mama used to tell you, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”?  Well, I’m ready to hold my tongue…literally.  Yes, I just may need to grab it with my index finger and thumb and walk around like that all day long.  No whispering, no mumbling, no nothing.  I just need to shut up.


Since reading Edwene Gaines’ The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, I’ve been trying very hard to eliminate negative thoughts and comments from my daily conversation.  Ms. Gaines challenges her followers to try a 21-day fast from gossip, criticism, judgment…even sarcasm.


While I have no doubts that cutting out negativity from my thoughts and words will free me up to be more creative and attract more positive people and situations into my life, I’m stuck on the actual follow through.  Sadly so, I can barely make it through a whole day without a slip.


I’m not planning to give up, though.  There’s already a much shorter turnaround time between my untamed tongue and my I-can’t-believe-I-just-said-that realization.  And I do keep coming up with new strategies to try out (I might be kidding about the actual hold-the-tongue thing).  But it is getting a little frustrating to not be able to make it 24 hours without a slip. How will I ever string together 21 days in a row?


That brings me to plan P: Positively Positive.  Going forward, I will not use the terms Negative, Negativity Diet, Fast From Negativity, Eliminating Negativity, etc.  After all, how will I ever evolve into the powerfully positive woman I desire to be while focusing on the opposite attribute?  I won’t.  I’ll get exactly what I’m putting out into the universe.


Starting now (listen up Universe), I am a powerfully positive woman who brings joy and peace wherever I go.  That’s my mantra and I’m sticking to it.  If you’re inclined to disagree or critique, remember what your mama taught you.


Life is good!  Namaste.  –Lori

8 Responses to “Plan P: To Be Positively Positive”

  1. I love the new mantra! I try to say something similar to myself whenever I am out and about, and especially when meeting new people for the first time. Mine goes more along the lines of:

    “I will be completely present with this person, listening to them, and paying attention to them. I will do what I can to bring peace and happiness to them while I am with them.”

    It’s a high expectation of myself, and one that I don’t always live up to, but at least it gets me pointed in the right direction.

    The “turn-around” time that you mentioned will continue to get shorter, and then (one fine, magical day) you’ll manage to catch yourself once before the negativity slips out. And then you’ll mess up a few more times, but then it’ll happen again, and then again. Pretty soon you’ll catch yourself every time.

    At least that’s what I’ve been told 🙂 As for myself, I manage to catch myself about 80% of the time…after a year of working on it.

  2. Jay – Thanks for the encouragement (and the reality check). I’m realizing, day by day, that this is going to be a long-term (maybe lifetime) project. But that’s okay. I plan to be in it for the long haul.


  3. Wow, that sounds like quite the challenge (especially removing sarcasm!). I wish you the best of luck.

  4. It’s proving to be a great challenge…especially the sarcasm part. I have a very witty family that has perfected the art of sarcasm. They are especially keeping me on my toes with this challenge.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. Nice to have you stop by.

  5. Hi Lori, I just found your blog and I really enjoy your posts. Keep up the good work!

  6. Thanks for visiting Brian. I’m trying. Please stop by again.

  7. I love it, I love it! I’m going to make this book a purchase must!
    Don’t we all need to open our minds and release the bad stuff that clouds our true self! I know I welcome the change. Even if I can take away one pointer in which I can incorporate into my true nature, I’d be so much happier with SELF #1. And maybe one less individual might walk past me unscathed from my ill thoughts!
    Lori I love this blog you are so very interesting. What a person you have grown to be and offering so much to others through your own personal thoughts is very nice and refreshing, plus a good read to say the very least.
    Well done!

  8. Thanks for your comments Lynn. It’s still a struggle, but getting easier day by day. I’m thinking I’m in for a long journey on the positivity thing. But there are other great ideas and principles in Edwene Gaines’ book that I’m trying as well. I plan to write an article and give a full report after 6 months.

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