Imagine you're rushing to get ready in the morning. You're already late, and realise there's a spill on your shirt. Frantically trying to clean it, a sudden movement makes you drop your phone onto the tiled floor, and it shatters ...
Great start to a day, right?
How would you react in this situation? How do you react when things go wrong? We all experience good and bad days, challenging situations, and frustrating circumstances - within or outside our control. Whilst I'd love to hand you the secret sauce to avoiding all bad things - it just doesn't exist.
The key is to create a positive mindset. Because one thing always stays true - you can't influence what's outside of your control, but you can control your reaction to any situation.
... You pick up your shattered phone, making a mental note to stop by the phone shop during lunch. After cleaning your shirt quickly, you grab your things and off you go. It's a gorgeous day and you're excited to launch into it.
Although it's challenging to know how to stay positive in any situation, it's possible. I'm about to share one simple mindset shift that can help you remain optimistic, no matter what. And, the power of positivity means you simply can't be negatively influenced by outside matters.
Keep an open mind - let's get into it.
No matter the circumstance, no matter how negative, I have trained my brain to immediately think "it's going to be okay". This helps me remove some of the panic that might set in, and it's comforting.
Obviously, not everything is okay - at least not in the short term. However, when faced with something negative that's outside your control, it doesn't help to react negatively. A negative reaction doesn't help solve a negative situation. Of course, this can be easier said than done. We're all human after all. We're emotional beings.
You need to practice and train your brain to be optimistic, to stay positive in any situation. Practice this by saying "it's going to be okay" out loud (or in your head) immediately in a situation. Then, assess what's happening and how you should respond.
After a while, you'll find yourself being more positive. You'll also be able to handle any situation in your stride, and will feel more productive and accomplished. You'll have more "good days" and will feel in control. And, who doesn't want that?
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