“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.” – Jack Canfield
Are you overwhelmed with the challenges of life and feel like giving up? The storms of life will always come but how you react to it is what matters most. You either stay positive or negative. In real life situation, we tend to drift towards negativity. This is not the right to choice to make. You can stay positive in any negative situation by following the tips listed below in this post. You don’t have to stay negative irrespective of the challenge.
In this article we will look at the 9 ways to stay positive in a negative situation.
1. Practice gratitude everyday
Living life of gratitude makes you appreciate what you have got. I wake everyday being grateful. I have another chance to correct yesterday’s mistake and effect a change in my life. Can you list things you can be grateful for in your own life? You can be grateful for your loved ones. You can be grateful for the stranger you met on your way to work.. Practice gratefulness in every waking moment of your life. Imagine a world full of ungrateful people? Choose to be grateful.
You can read further on gratitude by reading this article.
2. Change your thinking
We are being bombarded by negative news around us. This tends to affect the way we even look at our challenges. This can also affect our thinking. Are you dwelling on your past mistakes? This as a result of the way you think. Replace those negative thinking by focusing on whatever is true, lovely and honorable. Are you born a winner? Yes, think like one.
3. Raise your hope
The greatest gift you can give yourself this year is hope. Hope transforms the way you look at your problems and challenges. It ignites great enthusiasm in your daily affairs. You approach your challenges with optimism. This could have profound effect on your attitude. But, when you lose hope, you immediately stops living and give in to anxiety and depression. Do you hope for a better future? You present challenges may seem there is no hope for you. You can change it now by raising your hope and expecting the best.
4. Volunteer to help others
When you help others, you tend to take your eyes off your negative situation. Are you living for others or for yourself? I challenge you to offer help to others without expecting a reward in return. Helping others is a way saying you have got something to offer the world. You were born to give off your best talent to help others. Help others fulfill their dreams and aspirations. Observe the positive impact it will have on your life.
5. Stop blaming others
Stop the blame game. Blaming others for your own predicaments makes you bitter and see only the negative side of life. As human, we shift blame instead of taking personal responsibility. If you want stay positive you must try to avoid blaming others. Do you blame people for the negative situations you find yourself in? Time to change direction.
6. Listen to inspirational music
Music, they say is the food for the soul. Listening to inspirational music helps empower you to go through challenges. It serves as an encouragement and helps you stay positive. I listened to inspirational music when the going is tough. Do you listen to inspirational music when you are in a negative situation?
Meditation is an old age practice which has many benefits. Meditation allows you to take your mind off the negative situations. It brings focus and helps you stay positive. Meditating ten minutes a day have shown to reduces stress and lowers cortisol levels. which make one fat and sick. Practicing meditation in your negative situation tends to improve your outlook on life.
8. Read biographies of successful people
Reading biographies of successful people have lessons on how they overcame negative situations. Successful people have walked on the path you are on right now. They have faced dire situations. One which compels one to quit but they turned things around by staying positive. You can learn these traits and also stay positive in your negative situations.
9. Encourage someone
We all need encouragement to move on when confronted with dire situations. But, if you rather give encouragement to those in such situation it takes your focus of your own. You feel empowered and ready to stay positive in any negative situation. I urge you to find someone who is facing a challenge right now and send a word of encouragement. By doing this, you shift attention from yourself to the other person. This helps you maintain a positive attitude. Learn to also encourage yourself by speaking positive words.
The storms of life will come to all. But, you can either choose to stay positive or negative. You have learnt the 9 ways to stay positive in a negative situations These are as follows:
- Practice gratitude everyday
- Change your thinking
- Raise your hope
- Volunteer to help others
- Stop blaming others
- Listen to inspirational music
- Read Biographies of successful people
- Encourage someone
What can you add to the list above on ways to stay positive in a negative situation? Please leave your comments below.