7 Day Memory Fitness Plan for Mondays: Attitude Matters

Delete your negative comments about your memory. How many times in a week do you put yourself down for your memory glitches? I had a scenario with my cell phone recently and I just shook my head and laughed. I packed up my car in a rush. There was a lot going on at my house and it became a very hectic morning. I got to the end of my driveway and noticed my cell phone was not where I usually put it. Ten minutes later I was still calling my cell which was on vibrate.  I finally located it in a tote with shoes in it, in the back of my car so  I could not hear it vibrating.

There is one way for me to look at it. Something is slipping. That was not the deal. Just hurrying around with a few unexpected phone calls (my birthday) while I was getting ready to leave. So I did not run the negative tape in my head about my forgetfulness. I ran the one which told me that it is important to focus and slow down. I spent more time looking than it would have taken to just put it where it should have been. It was a teachable moment. Yes, another one.

Before you put yourself down when you forget something, use it as your teachable moment as you back track. What can you do in the future to minimize the inconvenience you experienced?

Monday is attitude day in the 7 day memory fitness program. Every Monday for at least the next month or two, find a way to create a positive mind set throughout your day. Catch yourself when you slip up and regroup.

Here are a few ideas to pick from. Write a different one on your calendar for each Monday or modify these ideas to fit your routine. Try and do it periodically throughout the entire day. Create your own ideas for future weeks.

1. Switch what you are going to say from negative to positive.
2. Watch or read something that lifts your spirits.
3. Think of things each day that you are grateful for.
4. Share some good news with others.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill

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About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters (www.memoryfitnessmatters.com) and Communication Connection(www.connectionsincommunication.com). She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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