Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Clicker Kit in exchange for this article.
A week ago today I opened my clicker from BillionClicks.org and began clicking my positive thoughts. What I learned surprised me.
I’m a big advocate of positive thoughts and didn’t think I’d learn so much about my self and my family, especially not quite so fast.
I attached my pink clicker to my wrist and began clicking. It was slow at first. Right away I noticed it was much easier to think positive thoughts about the other people in my life than it was to think positive thoughts about myself.
I could fill my mind with gratitude for my family and my blessings. I could focus on a child and see all of their strengths, gifts and talents. I could even quickly click all the wonderful things I thought about husband.
But it wasn’t so easy to click for me.
Lesson No. 1: Strive to think positive thoughts about myself…in all circumstances.
I walk by the mirror and see my reflection. It’s easy to click “your hair looks nice today” or “you look nice with a little bit of lip gloss.”
Things get a bit more complicated as I button up my jeans and double click “I’m grateful for my stretch marks because I’m grateful for my twins.”
But do you know when it got really tough to click positive thoughts? When I gazed around the house and saw baskets of unfolded laundry and sticky messes. It was so hard to think positive thoughts when I glanced at the clock and realized the day was half over and my 6 Most Important List was just getting started.
Turns out I am REALLY hard on myself when it comes to what I get done each day. When I am very productive, I’ve very positive. But when I’m not productive, I’m not positive. I realized my success should not hinge on what was accomplished in the home, or through email or over a conference call.
It’s WAY easier said than done, but I must remember to be kind (and positive) with myself – always!
By the end of the first day I had reached 38 clicks. I have no idea if that is good or bad. But I quickly learned this clicker of mine was not tamper proof. Soon my twin toddlers found this new “pink toy” of mine and boost my clicks to 3,046.
Lesson No. 2: Positive thoughts benefit the entire family.
My older kids asked what I was doing. (How could they not? This was clearly a strange thing to carry around.) I told them I was “clicking for each of my positive thoughts.” And I was dumbfounded when I realized my 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son had no idea what I was talking about.
My son told me I was crazy. He didn’t think I was making any sense. And that is when I asked him, “What does ‘positive’ mean?”
His science brain answered, “when you know something is for sure.”
His older sister didn’t know the definition I was seeking either! Both of these children are learning to speak Spanish fluently but neither of them had any idea what a Positive Thought was! Mom fail.
My pink clicker was an incredible introduction to the world of optimism, positive thinking, and self-esteem.
Lesson No. 3: Clickers are better when you share them.
The next day my 6-year-old son brought me my clicker. “I found this in the other room,” he said. “But I clicked it once – because I thought something positive.”
Yes! Mom success. We take them as we can get them.