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How To Keep A Positive Attitude In Challenging Times

January 23, 2013
By Andres Lara


Jan. 23, 2013 — You’ve probably heard the ancient story of the three
blind men trying to describe an elephant. One touches the tail and
describes the elephant as a snake. Another stumbles against the side and
describes the elephant as a wall. Yet the other touches the leg and
describes the elephant as a tall tree.

The point? Perhaps the issue in front of you is not of as much
significance as the angle you are experiencing it from. Learning to
position yourself at an advantageous angle can make the difference in
whether you experience the best or the worst of your current

There are millions of things you can do to
position yourself on the right side of a stressful situation, but here
are four simple mindsets that you can adopt today regardless of the
obstacle at hand:

  1. Nothing in life is permanent, not even you.
    If you are impermanent, how can your problems be permanent? While this
    might sound negative, understanding that everything in life is
    transitory will give you an empowering viewpoint in regards to your
    current challenges. Reminding yourself that whatever turbulence you are
    experiencing at this moment is temporary will encourage you to keep
    elevating yourself in search of that perfect cruising altitude. On the
    other hand, even when things are perfect, embracing a temporary mindset
    can be very helpful. You see, people’s zest for life is frequently
    killed not by misfortunes but by their inability to appreciate what’s
    already great around them. Therefore, if you begin to remind yourself
    that this moment, no matter how perfect, will too come to an end, you
    will start appreciating all of the positives in your life that you have
    been taking for granted. 
  2. Failure is a prerequisite. Your
    failures exist for one and only one reason: to make your future
    successes possible. Instead of complaining and asking life to stop
    throwing things at you, start recognizing your current dilemma as
    building material.  Life tosses bricks to all of us; it’s up to you to
    build an artistic masterpiece or to end up with a pile of rubble. Keep
    this thought by Ralph Waldo Emerson in mind: “Cultivate the habit of
    being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give
    thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your
    advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Be
    thankful even for failures, for they are an indispensable piece of your
    success puzzle.
  3. Find the silver lining. Constantly ask
    yourself one simple question: what great opportunity can come out of my
    current circumstances? Asking this question will direct your energy to
    look for the hidden positives that lie within your challenges and keep
    you from wasting it on complaining about the negatives. Once you start
    seeing the silver lining in every incident, your challenges will cease
    to be the heavy blocks that previously burdened you; they will now
    become steppingstones from where you can stand just a little taller.
    It’s at this point that you will experience a new height regardless of
    the negatives thrown your way.
  4. Trust the bigger plan. You
    no doubt have big plans. But understand that however big your plans
    are, the universe has much bigger plans for you. When you are
    discouraged and things are not working according to your plans, realize
    that there’s something else out there guiding you; and that which you
    perceive as a detour might be the actual road you must travel on. Don’t
    get so caught up on the way things should’ve been, could’ve been, or
    would’ve been because looking from where you stand you will never be
    able to comprehend the magnitude of the grand plan that’s in store for
    you. Trust that you are where you are because that’s where you need to
    be. You might get a glimpse at how insignificant your initial plan was
    and how grandiose your current one is.   

Everyone says that
in life, you have to be positive if you want to get somewhere. The
question is how can you become positive when negative things keep
happening to you? Just like anything, being positive is a habit that can
be developed.  All you have to do is for the next 30 days when you are
faced with a challenge adopt one of the four mindsets by reminding
yourself that whatever is troubling you is temporary, your current
setback is an indispensable part of the success puzzle, there is a
silver lining or a great opportunity within every challenge, and no
matter what happens, you must trust that you are part of a much bigger

Andres Lara is an international selling author and
sought after motivational speaker who speaks to companies and groups
from all walks of life on the psychology of how to move forward when you
feel like quitting. Connect with him at,,, @motivation911 or call 239-424-9152.

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