We all face challenges in our lives, but the way that you interpret these challenges is what makes the difference between someone who is able to overcome them and someone who is crushed by them. A positive outlook has the power to boost you up when you are down and to give you an extra boost when things are going your way. It’s also important to note that optimists have a much better quality of life. Even though the optimist and pessimist are headed to the same place, only the optimist enjoys the ride! Here are some strategies that will help you hang on to your positive attitude even when things get tough:
Choose your lens.
How do you perceive the problems that you face? Are they learning experiences or total disasters? It is in your power to interpret these events. Take control of your attitude and come up with concrete strategies to face your challenges. Your outlook doesn’t emerge from your circumstances; it is a choice.
You are in control.
If something in your life isn’t working for you, then change it. Don’t allow things to drag on. Instead of worrying or complaining about your problems, take action and fix them.
Don’t let your thoughts take hold of you.
Think of your thoughts as a butterfly flitting from one flower to the next. They can fly past you so quickly that you barely even see them, or they can perch on your shoulder and stay for a while. Be selective of the thoughts that you decide to engage with. If a particular thought pattern isn’t doing you any good, then just let it pass. Resist the urge to grasp on to thoughts that are just going to sap your time and energy and bring you down.
Surround yourself with positivity.
Have you ever heard the expression ‘garbage in-garbage out’? It holds true when you’re talking about positivity. Pay attention to the shows you watch, the books you read and the people you spend time with. If it’s all negative, there’s a good chance that it’s dragging you down. Read inspirational material and biographies of people who are living their dreams. Limit your exposure to negative media and stay away from whiners and complainers; they feel lousy themselves and don’t want anyone else to be happy.
Even when we have amazing things happening in our lives, many of us are firmly focused on our problems. Take the time to acknowledge what’s going well for you and don’t take things for granted. Also, consider giving back to others; nothing gives you shift of perspective like seeing the struggles that other people face on a daily basis.
When you are running a business, everyone picks up on your attitude including your customers, potential customers, your staff, your suppliers, your investors and everyone else that you meet. If you are giving off positive energy, people will want to do business with you and it will make the rest of your life better too.
(Written by: Karen Bivand, photo courtesy of ‘stockimages’ via freedigitalphotos.net)