May 29, 2016

Top Strategies for Battling Negativity, Part 6

If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What am I doing in the Pits?—Title of a bestselling book by the late author, Erma Bombeck

Life is not all fun and games—at least, not if we want to get ahead. Often, life can be more like an Olympic Track and Field race: exhausting and highly demanding. Who, or what, can we blame for our tough, uncomfortable conditions?
  • An unhappy childhood?
  • Recent circumstances beyond our control?
  • Loved ones who are unwilling or unable to give us the support we need?

These are all difficult situations that seem insurmountable. Yet, every successful person on Earth has overcome many such situations. How do these people achieve against the odds? The answer to that is your sixth strategy for battling negativity; they refuse to be mired down in the negative aspects of life.  Please scroll down past the bottom of this post to see any of my previous five articles on the subject.

Lessons from Survivors

An online friend who lost a child to cancer says that she focuses on the good in her life. She suggests that we make lists of things to be grateful for, things that are going right, and progress that she is making toward goals.
"Get going. Move forward. Aim high. Plan takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”—Entrepreneur, presidential candidate, survivor of at least four bankruptcies, the man to whom some Americans want to say “You’re fired! Umm. Wait! Actually, you were never really hired in the first place.” Donald Trump
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”—Survivor of childhood poverty, one of the highest-paid women in the American entertainment industry, Oprah Winfrey
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”—from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. He was a Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher.
When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”—The man who fought decades of music tradition in order to promote Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley
“It will never rain roses; when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.”—The woman who found success in writing books exploring human psychology, which was left to men at that time, George Eliot

My Conclusion

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”—Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

98% of our life may be in a mess at any given time. However, we’ll be more happy and productive if we concentrate on the 2% that’s right in our corner of the world. We must foster a belief that we can conquer our trials. People who have overcome tremendous odds show us the way to do this: aim high, dwell on the positive, and realize you’re responsible for whatever life you choose to create.

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