Staying Positive Under Adversity

We all face problems in our life that seem impossible to overcome and feel that we have no control over our life whatsover. Going through adversity happens to the best of us but you cant dwell on the negative experiences or you`re just going to end up being more upset than you would`ve been if you stayed positive. The true tests of life are not what your problems are, but they are the ways you went about overcoming them. Staying positive under adversity is a characteristic few people possess and can take a life time to learn.

The most important thing to do when faced with a problem is to locate the source. What caused the negative thought or experience? Is there any way you can avoid the situation so it doesn`t happen again? Negative issues are a factor that take a toll on everything you do. It gives you the mindset that you can`t do anything right and keeps you from achieving the goals you have set for yourself. Most negative thoughts are only imaginary but when you have an outside source causing the problem, do whatever you can to overcome the issue.

Write down specifically the problem you are facing and research ways that will help you achieve what you need to do. Study other people who went through the same battles as you are going through and get inspired by their attitude and perseverance towards the problem. Everything in life has obstables, you need to realize that trials are all a part of the game and always keep focused on the specific goal you want to accomplish.

A positive mindset is one of the best traits a person can have. You feel in control of your life and believe you will be successful at everything you do. Being positive will also lead to a more productive life that wouldn`t be possible if you kept abiding in the past. A good example of a positive person is bicyclist, Lance Armstrong. After suffering testicular cancer , he still had the determination to move on and finish his career with 7 Tour De France wins. If you are looking for an inspirational story, read about this man!

Staying positive under adversity is a true test of maturity. It will make you stronger in the long run and all the battles you face in the future will seem painless because you`ve exerienced tougher battles. Trials are like Basic Training for the military. Everything seems confusing and impossible at the beginning, but after time you start to gain discipline that will be used on the battlefield if the situation arises. It`s the same way in life. A positive attitude is the only way to achievieving what you are looking for. Until next time, think positive!

Zach Bashore
Sunday October 30, 2005

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