How Stay Positive in Trying Times
By Alan Olsen
Staying positive is much better than focusing on the negative, but that is much easier said than done. If staying positive during adversity was easy, there wouldn’t be millions of dollars going to books, classes, special speakers, and the like regarding the subject. For most people, focusing on the good things that are happening is hard when so many other things are going wrong.
It is challenging, but it’s not impossible. There are some things that you can try to focus on when things go wrong that could help you keep the proper perspective and avoid negativity.
Focus on the facts
One of the worst things you can do when things go wrong is to dwell on them. Usually, this leads to pessimistic thoughts, which in turn leads to more negativity. However, many times these are only thoughts and not really facts. Therefore, it’s important to separate facts from fiction and stick to the facts.
When life takes a bad turn we tend to forget about all the good things in life we already have. One thing that can help you stay positive during rough times is to remember the good things and be thankful for them. Being grateful for what you have can help you avoid being negative about the things you don’t.
Recall a Positive
It’s easy to feel good when things are going well, but not so much when they’re not. When something negative happens you have to learn to look for the positive, or the bright side. In other words, try to identify something positive that has happened during the day to help shift your focus away from the negative.