When it comes to maintaining positive thoughts about our projects, our progress, our achievements, our failures, we often fall short. For some reason it seems easier to focus on the things that could have gone wrong rather than focusing on the things that could have gone right. In his article “Three Powerful Ways to Stay Positive,” Dr Travis Bradberry provides three great tips on staying positive:
- Separate fact from fiction. It is quite easy to downward spiral through negative thoughts when they have only a kernel of truth to them– as humans we have a tendency to dramatize fact. Bradberry recommends pausing to physically write out your bad thoughts; seeing the words on paper helps the brain flesh out reason and rationale from our perceived shortcomings.
- Identify a positive. No matter how much you may want to dwell in your negative thoughts and perspective, another important step in maintaining a more positive state of being is consciously thinking positively. It is all the more important to actively concentrate on this when the negative thoughts start spiraling.
- Cultivate and attitude of gratitude. One easy way to identify positives is by running through your mental checklist of things you’re grateful for. It’s a quick way to stop the onslaught of negativity and give you something positive to focus on.