8 Ways to Stay Positive

Negativity surrounds us, and it seems to be growing everyday.

But that’s the nature of negativity.

Bobby Darnell once said, “Negativity is cannibalistic. The more you feed it, the bigger and stronger it grows.”  To which Shirley MacLaine added, “Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.”

Unfortunately, the negativity that runs amok in our society creates more negativity.

Which means we need more positivity to counteract it.

In an interview with Matt Mayberry, bestselling author Jon Gordon shared eight ways to stay positive and contribute positivity to the world.

Make the choice

All of life consists of choices. In order to be incredibly successful, stay positive, and reach your full potential, it all starts with a firm choice to do just that. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

Talk to Yourself Like a Champion

Talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself. Instead of listening to your complaints, fears and doubts, talk to yourself and feed your mind with words of truth and encouragement you need to keep moving forward.

Be Strict with Energy Vampires

Association is everything. It’s an absolute must that you have zero tolerance for negative energy vampires. Post a sign that says “No Energy Vampires Allowed.” Gandhi said, “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

Live Your Purpose

Nothing helps you to come more alive and radiate positive energy like living out your purpose. Remember why you do what you do. We don’t get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.

Change Your Perception of Adversity and Failure

The next time you “fail” remember that you aren’t failing, you are becoming. You aren’t failing, you are growing.

Smile and Laugh More

Very simple things to do, but so many forget the power of just smiling and laughing more. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.

Protect Your Inner World

It’s important to remember that regardless of how bad or negative a certain situation may be that you don’t have to let it dictate your level of happiness or positivity. Remember that outside circumstances and events have no power over you. You create your world from the inside-out.

Be Patient

A great majority of the negativity that holds many people back is a major lack of patience. Greatness takes an extraordinary amount of time putting in the work behind closed doors before anything blossoms. There’s no such thing as an overnight success. Anything worthwhile takes time to build.

To these 8 tips, I would suggest practicing the words of the apostle Paul from Philippians 4:8-9: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Be a positive force in the world today.

Published by: rustytugman

I am a husband, father, and preacher. I have the great privilege of serving a wonderful church family at the Alameda Church of Christ in Norman, OK. I have graduate degrees in ministry and administrative leadership and I also run the occasional marathon. This blog provides a platform to share some thoughts about Scripture, church, ministry, leadership, current events, books I'm reading, and baseball. Thanks for joining me!

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