Fall can actually be a pretty depressing time for a lot of folks. Because the sun isn’t shining as strong (literally) and they’re more easily affected by the seasons than most, some people begin to shrink right along with the daylight hours this time of year. For others, fall symbolizes the waning of the year – there are only so many months left until the calendar rolls over and they reflect on all the things they did (or didn’t) do with their time.

This is why it’s important to stay positive this autumn. Instead of succumbing to negativity, look on the bright side to end your year on a good note.

The Power of Commanding Thinking

Sometimes all it takes to feel better about yourself is a change in attitude. Instead of hoping for something, tell yourself that it will happen. Expect things instead of wishing for them. When you expect things, you put yourself in control – you’re certain they’ll be there and if not then you have a problem to solve. When you wish and hope, you put the power in the hands of someone else.

Leave Worrying Behind

Worrying is another big source of negativity, especially when it comes to year-end “should-a, would-a, could-a”s. Don’t fret over things you can’t change. If you’re stressed about creating plans for the new year and then dropping the ball, just remember that fall isn’t the true harbinger of December 31st. You still have time – the more you focus on being productive, the more you’ll end up getting done!

Get Started on New Year’s Resolutions Now

It’s often we concoct a grand scheme for New Years in the weeks prior to January 1st, but how often are we actually prepared for our plans? If we want to lose weight and begin to get fit during the new year, do we actually prepare ourselves for what that entails? Do we buy the new workout gear and dietary supplements we need to achieve this goal?

No. Instead, most of us push off our goals because we didn’t prepare. You have the time to do so now – so hop to it!

Positive Resources

Maybe it sounds cheesy, but it’s often that the little things in life lift us up more than the big, negative things push us down. If this is the case for you, look to surrounding yourself with the resources necessary to achieve this positivity.

Blogs and websites exist that post motivational quotes, stories and pictures every day. Bookmark these sites and blogs so you have them ready next time you’re feeling down.

Know How to Celebrate

When you’re productive and positive then you’ve contributed to behaviors that are worth rewarding. Keep the positivity flowing by patting yourself on the back in one way or another. One of the most psychologically sound reward methods is to simply tell yourself you did good – not mentally, but aloud. Speaking positive affirmations has been proven to actually make you feel better about yourself, freeing you from undue negativity.