Increasing your Odds of Winning
TO BE A WINNER
Cultivate a winning attitude. It's all in your attitude. If you have a winning attitude, you cannot lose.
See losses as lessons. You've heard the stories over and over again. Edison failed thousands of times before he created the light bulb. Winners don't give up at failure. They just keep trying until they get it right. Each loss provides a clue that puts you on the right path. "You learn more from losing than winning. You learn how to keep going." - Morgan Wootten
Be grateful. Stop to think about what you do have. There's so much to be grateful for, even if it's the ability to breathe.
Have empathy. Winners have a good social network. They also know how to empathise and support one another.
Choose your path. Quote supplied by Frank, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." Ultimately you decide where you go. If you want to be a real winner, be true to yourself. Do what you love to do and soldier on when you face hard times. No matter the challenges, there is always a way through. I'm a testament to this.
Never give up. There are countless examples of those who demonstrate this principle in action. Steve Jobs, JK Rowlings, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey to name just a few who suffered setbacks and failed but got up and fought back.
Be an inspiration. It's said that your life will be either a lesson or a warning. As you make strides towards your goals, take time to inspire and help others up.
SHAKE OFF THE BLUES
Dance when you feel like dying. The human central nervous system doesn't know the difference between something that is real and something that is imagined. Imagine that you're feeling good and dance. When you act in contradiction to how you feel, your central nervous system accepts the act as the fact. Try it, it works.
Get some sunshine. Researchers are now discovering that vitamin D may play an important role in mental health and in depression. Vitamin D acts on the areas of your brain that are linked to depression. You get your daily requirement of Vitamin D by spending 10 minutes in the sun. If you can't get out, then supplement.
Exercise / activity. There is probably no greater way to alleviate stress and depression than exercise. There is a lot of research that you can read about on the internet. I can only tell you about my personal experience. When I've been down, activity has helped enormously. If you don't like sweating it out at the gym, go for a walk in nature. Connecting to nature is good for the soul.
Reach out to others. Sometimes we need the ear or arms of a friend. It's not a shame to admit that you need help. Getting together with a good friend for a cup of tea and a chat is a healing balm.