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How to Be and Stay Positive

positive_wIt is not always easy to keep a smile on your face. This is because of setbacks and misfortunes especially if your home is about to be foreclosed or you just lost your job. What do you do when that happens? There is no other way to put it but try to remain positive.

But how do you do that? Well you can start by being thankful for what you do have. If your home has not yet been foreclosed, be grateful the government is trying something so you can still keep the house. If you lost your job, be thankful that you can get unemployment checks until you can find another job.

Everyone knows that times are tough. To make you remember the things that you do have, why don’t you write it down and then read it again whenever you feel down.

Another way to think positive is to find the silver lining in each circumstance. If you lost your job, perhaps this is the right time to think about shifting to a new career, starting your own business or even going back to school. This is perhaps the best thing you can do if nobody is hiring, if you don’t have capital to start your own business and if no-one is willing to lend money.

Ever heard the line, “whatever hurts you now only makes you stronger?” Well such a statement is true because sometimes, we have to fall flat on our face to see what we are doing before we realize there is another way or that we can change. Once you hit rock bottom, this is when you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start over.

Let’s say you didn’t lose your job or your home but just feel lost. When this happens, try to see the bigger picture. If you are the breadwinner in the family, you can’t afford to let your spouse or your children down. At work, you are part of the team so you have to do your job to the best of your ability.

Have you ever told anyone your dream and people laughed at it? This happens and there are two things you can do. One forget about that dream and wonder what if for the rest of your life or use that as your driving force and prove them wrong. If you think you can do it, stick to your guns but if it is seems too unrealistic or ambitious, listen to them and see what the pitfalls are so you can make the proper adjustments.

You can also stay positive by listening to people or hearing what others have said. You can find these in inspirational books or audio books available at the store or on-line. You have to remember that these people have written their stories to tell the audience their misfortunes and how they were able to overcome them. After reading, the question you have to ask yourself is can you do the same?

At work, there is such a thing called burnout and when this happens, you are not that effective like you were before. When this happens, take a step back or go on a vacation. We need to rest and clear our minds so we return feeling refreshed.

It is right that you fight for something that you think is right. But if you have done something wrong, don’t be afraid to admit it. We make mistakes. It is a part of being human. You should take it as a learning opportunity because we can always learn and improve.

Apart from listening to a recording or reading a book, you can also continue to be positive by talking to a friend. You don’t feel about yourself by putting him down but rather sharing and complimenting each other.

Believe it or not, one more way to stay positive is to realize that you can never please everybody. If you know someone who is full of negativity, get away from them and only hang out with people who are just as optimistic as you. This is because positivity brings about positivity.

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