We all meet challenges in life but what sets us a part is how we react to those challenges.
One of my favourite positive hero’s was Forrest Gump he was able to extract something good from potentially bad situations, and whether by luck or by determination, he made the best of things, showing a relentlessly positive outlook.
This quote attributed to Buddha is great but probably works best when reflecting on a challenge – the old lightbulb moment “ohhh ah I see the positive side now… “Every experience no matter how bad it seems holds within it a blessing, the goal is to find it”.
The great bards Chumbawamba were succinct with their 1997 hit “Tub thumping” – I get knocked down but I get up again … speaks to me about resilience and thinking positive about whats coming next. Tom Laurie said “Positive thinking helps you stand back up again when you are knocked down by bad luck or negativity” (Goal Setting: 12 step guide to achieving goals and realizing real success). There are moments in life where you need to tell yourself that you can do it – that you can get through to a your goal or a better place
Its been 10 years since Rhonda Byrne published the secret which proposes a law of positive attraction where a call to the universe encompasses a mind over matter idea, where there is something greater than the physical – think positive / be grateful.
The power of positive thinking – if you don’t mind then it doesn’t matter. Not always realistic but bring you peace when used in conjunction with some of the following;
- Be grateful – keep a journal
- Reframe your challenges. … “Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.” – Robert Kiyosaki
- Get good at being rejected. …
- Use positive words to describe your life. …
- Replace have with get. … I haveto go to work. I have to go grocery shopping. I have to pay my rent. Now change this one little word to get and see what happens. I get to go to work.
- Don’t let yourself get dragged into other people’s complaints. …
- Make someone else smile
Numbers 5 and 7 work well for me and everyone is different but we all can do with a reminder sometime to look on the bright side, be grateful and think positive.
Here are a couple quotes to keep you thinking, Merry Christmas
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” – Winston Churchill
“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.” ~ Seth Godin