“It’s not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us.” –Stephen R. Covey
Austrian psychiatrist and author Viktor Frankl spent three years in Nazi concentration camps during the holocaust as a prisoner—a worse situation than any of us could even imagine. Viktor suffered through inhumane treatment and witnessed many of his fellow prisoners die under terrible conditions only to eventually survive and find out that his pregnant wife, parents, and brother had all died in concentration camps.
After through that entire horrifying ordeal, Frankl still choose a positive mental response to his tragedy. He found purpose through his pain, wrote a bestselling book called Man’s Search For Meaning, and became an inspirational figure to millions of people around the world.
World-renowned motivational speaker Eric Thomas’ father and grandfather both dropped out of high school. He himself dropped out of high school and struggled through years of homelessness. But rather than playing the victim, Thomas chose to use his pain as motivation to go back for his GED, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. And he has used his story to launch his career as one of the top motivational speakers in the world.
“I’m going to do everything in my power every single day to become a victor and not a victim!” –Eric Thomas
Both Frankl and Thomas are powerful examples that no matter what happens to you, you always have the power to Choose A Positive Response To Every Situation.
So many of us spend too much time playing the blame game. We spend too much time and energy blaming unfortunate situations, circumstances, events, and people for our problems. We love to play the victim by blaming circumstances for the way we feel.
Circumstances do play a hand in shaping us. But no matter how bad your situation is—no matter how down on your luck you are—you always have the power to Choose A Positive Response To Every Situation.
Even if a tornado blows down your house today (God forbid), you lose your job, and you lose your girlfriend, you still have the power to choose to respond to your situation with positivity, gratitude, hope, and purpose. No matter how nightmarish your life is, you always have the option of finding peace, meaning, happiness, and purpose from your pain. You always have the option of choosing a positive response.
Choosing A Positive Response is the key to living a great life. Developing that ability to choose a positive outlook for every situation you find yourself in can be the difference between a life of sad mediocrity and a life of happiness, overcoming setbacks, and endless victories.
Choosing A Positive Response For Every Situation is the difference between the homeless man who blames his circumstances for his tragedies and the homeless man who uses his story to become one of the top speakers in the world (i.e. Eric Thomas).
Choosing A Positive Response is the key to overcoming every setback that comes your way.
So here’s 3 ways to make the positive mindset your way of thinking at all times:
3 Ways To Choose A Positive Outlook For Every Situation
- Practice Gratitude Start gratitude journaling. Write a daily journal of at least 3 things, people, and situations that you feel grateful for. Over time this practice will give you the ability to choose a grateful view, hopeful outlook, and positive mindset for every situation that comes your way.
- Meditate Meditation instills positive mindset. Meditation can instill you with a powerful sense of happiness, peace, clarity, gratitude, and positive mindset on a daily basis. Day by day, as you go deeper into your meditation practice, these positive states of mind will slowly become your standard way of thinking. Whenever tragedy strikes in your life, you’ll be able to sit down for a quick meditation session and reconnect with your positive outlook.
- Use Your Pain As Motivation Pain is one of the most powerful motivators there is. Pain, tragedy, and misfortune—if you use them the right way—can motivate you to reach heights in your life that you never thought you could reach. So when find yourself in a horrible situation, don’t play the victim. Don’t blame outside situations, circumstances, events, and people for the way you feel. Choose A Positive Response. Use your pain to push yourself to greatness.
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