Peter G. James Sinclair Interviews Henrik Edberg of The Positivity Blog

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I have the awesome opportunity to interview Henrik Edberg of The Positivity Blog.

Henrik is the author of The Art of Relaxed Productivity and The Power of Positivity.

He shares with his more than 40,000 subscribers about how they can improve their social life, health, happiness, productivity and general awesomeness.

Henrik – I would like to pose to you a number of questions and both my readers and I look forward to reading your response….

1. How do you define positivity?

First, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts with your readers. Now, I would define positivity as optimistic and constructive thinking. It is about finding the opportunities in situations that may look bleak. It is about being an action oriented person who believes that things will work out and improve if you move forward and learn along the way.

It is not about mindlessly thinking everything is great all the time, but about looking at what you can do to improve your situation, or looking at what is good about your life, even if you may have some temporary problems.

2. If there was one book that you could mention, what book impacted your life like no other?

Hmm, good question. I would have to say Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” because it helped me greatly to become more mindful and live in the present, to overcome my problem with over-thinking and it has helped me to greatly simplify and improve various areas of my life.

3. How do you maintain your own personal motivation?

Well, I focus on what I think is fun and exciting to do – such as writing, helping and sharing helpful information – and try to do that as much as I can. Other techniques that I use are for example to focus on the future win/win benefits, to read/listen to motivating books and to even sometimes contemplate death.

4. To date, what has been the most important lesson that you have learnt in the world of positivity?

Probably that there is pretty much always a positive in anything. You may not see it now, but if you look for it you can – sometimes after some time – find it just about anywhere. And that positive thing may be that you learn something, that you become stronger, or that you become more persistent and patient.

5. To date, what has been the most important lesson that you have taught in the world of positivity?

Probably the same thing that I answered in my previous question. And also that you need to take positive action to get the results you want. Just positive thinking is not enough.

6. What inspires you?

All kinds of things. Music, movies, the people around me and the people that are far away but who share their experiences via books and blogs. If you keep yourself open you can find inspiration in many, many places.

7. Is there anything of importance that you would particularly like to share with my readers how they can begin to achieve a life filled with positivity in 2011?

Well, some constructive advice would be: Focus on just changing one area of your life/habit at a time, or you will become overwhelmed. Break down what you want to achieve into smaller tasks/steps by using pen and paper. Then ask yourself: What is the most important thing I can do right now?

Then get to work and focus on just doing that thing, that task/step until it is done. Then start working on the next step until it is done and continue in that fashion until you have achieved what you want. It will still be hard work, from time to time, but if you keep it as simple as you can, and keep your focus in just one place at a time, it becomes easier.

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