3 Ways to Stay Positive When Facing Adversity

The reason some people fail at positive thinking is not related to positivism itself in any way. Failure comes due to having the wrong mindset. We are inclined to think negatively and this can be hard to change. We try to think more positively, but we don’t persist. Ultimately, we give up. Then, we say it doesn’t work. Here are 3 secrets to positive thinking that will help you overcome this hurdle.

Spin Negative Thinking Around


You can’t blame people for negativity with life being so full of hardships, disappointments, and challenges. But you can soften the blows if you have a positive perspective. Turn negative thinking into something valuable. Look for a silver lining – there is both good and bad in every experience.

Seeking the positive out might be hard at first. With time and practice, you’ll start seeing things that you weren’t able to before. Thinking positively doesn’t mean ignoring your problems. Denial is a completely different thing. It means acting rather than dwelling on disappointment and regret.


Don’t let the negative depress or defeat you. Try to acknowledge the hardship, challenge, or disappointment and work to overcome it. Take action

Open Your Mind to New Things

Our expectations of how life should go or what it should be like impede our progress. We walk along a narrow path like horses, looking straight ahead and failing to see opportunity on the sidelines. Think of the unknown positively and allow yourself to be open to it. There may be amazing options you are unaware of. Balance your pangs of self-doubt with positive realism. Before you act, think things through based on the information available to you. There is a fine line between being open to new things and being reckless and foolish.

Be Generous

It can be a true positive to help people with wisdom accumulated from own experience as long as it doesn’t come off as unsolicited advice. Letting other people learn through you will help you discover hidden value in your experiences. Just watch that you don’t go overboard and introduce your experiences into every discussion. Not every situation is suitable for sharing experience. It is one thing to be generous with your wisdom because you know the person will learn something useful. It is quite another to make the situation all about you and be uninterested in what the person you’re supposed to be “helping” has to say.