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Think Positive Thoughts And Don’t Forget to Document Them With Excel

Posted by on Friday, May 31st, 2013

Today is designated “What You Think Upon Grows Day” What does this have to do with Excel, you ask? You’ll just have to read to find out.

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This is another Friday when we are all looking forward to the weekend. Maybe you hate your job and can’t wait for Saturday to come, or you love your job but you’re overwhelmed by circumstances at work. You’re probably thinking, what the hell is “What you think upon grows.”  The day was inspired by the birthday of Norman Vincent Peale. He was probably one of the first self-help gurus and “The Power of Positive Thinking” is one of the best selling books of all time.

Make a spreadsheet today to remind you of all the wonderful things in life. Post notes about where you want to be in life, whether it’s a new job, a new home or a new love interest. Think upon it, but make it happen. While it would be nice if good things just fell out of the sky, we often have to create our own destiny.

Positive Thinking

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By using a PDF to Excel converter, you can gather resources and add them to your spreadsheet by converting PDF files and Word documents, or taking inspiring quotes or blog posts you read online and adding them to your spreadsheet.

Let’s say you want to turn your life around in some way, or embark on a self improvement plan. You may want to be more cognizant of how you spend your time. Use Excel to make a schedule, or plan for a future event, like the trip of a lifetime you’ve always wanted to take. Learn to focus on your goals.

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Having difficulty saving for that trip? Start a spreadsheet and figure out how much you can put away each week or each month. Figure out how much you spend on incidentals, such as that $3.00 coffee every morning. That adds up to $60 a month that could go toward your trip if you make your coffee at home and bring it to work in an insulated mug.

Today has also been proclaimed World No Tobacco Day by the World Health Organization. If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking, you know how difficult it is. Add that goal to your spreadsheet. Make a list of reasons why.

Start a journal on Excel. You may think it is an odd way to document your thoughts, but it keeps them in order and you can look back on various dates to see what happened on that day. For example, if you are quitting smoking, you can document all the times you wanted to reach for a cigarette and what was the trigger that started that craving.


Focusing on the things we want to change and the positive aspects of our lives helps us not just in our personal lives, but in our careers. The people who take stock of their lives and examine their weaknesses while acknowledging their strengths are the ones who become successful.