Focus on the Road NOT the Potholes!
Metaphorically, if life is a highway then positivity is learning how to focus on the road and not on the potholes. When you focus on the potholes, you begin to enjoy the trip you’re on less and less. You also begin to slow down and this, in turn, means that it takes longer and longer to reach your destination. Setbacks, like those metaphorical potholes, happen. Accepting this fact leads to the ability of shrugging off the jolt when the next one occurs.
A positive attitude is a learned behavior. It’s not about smiling in the face of adversity, turning that frown upside down and being endlessly cheerful. Instead, learning positivity is a serious business. It’s a matter of training yourself to react to negative events in a way that puts those events into the proper context. It’s rewiring behaviors that allow you to exaggerate the size of the current negative conditions, at the expense of the positive conditions to come. It’s about not getting stuck in the moment, accepting that setbacks happen and using this knowledge to move forward.
Bill Fields’ Training Tip: Positivity, and the success that springs from having a positive attitude, is simply learning to adopt a realistic view of life and reacting accordingly.
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