Do you remember a time when you reminisced about a past event that brought you pleasure and the memory of it raised a little inner smile? In a quiet moment most of us have. In fact, by concentrating on a particular memory it can almost have the same effect as the original experience. Turning up an old photograph may trigger not just clear memories but the associated feelings as well.

Think of a time when you were at your best. This might be a work memory when you were really engaged by a task, completing or starting an exciting project, or really on top of your game. It might equally be an experience from outside work where you felt a strong sense that all was well with the world, and with you.

Jack Russell, the Gloucestershire and England cricketer throughout the 1990’s, was a firm believer in positive reinforcement from past successes. He watched videos of his best catches behind the wicket before a match to influence his mindset. At the time it was considered by many as a little way-out, but today’s athletes have it as their basic preparation for every event.

So when you need your spirits lifted find some quiet time for a walk down memory lane to revisit bright spots from the past. Revel in the warm glow until you feel a lot more optimistic about what you have to do next.

“There is no black-and-white situation. It’s all part of life. Highs, lows, middles”…

Van Morrison