Remaining Positive Throughout Every Challenge #6

One of the hardest things to do is to somehow pull through every obstacle in your way and remain unscathed. Earlier, we talked about this in terms of stress, and how to manage it, but one of the ways to manage stress ties into something much bigger.

Positive thinking, or rather, remaining positive no matter what comes your way, is something that is far more powerful than merely being a tool to manage stress.

In some ways, we’ve covered a few aspects of positive thinking already, in a very indirect way. For example, not letting your failure to attain a certain goal get to you, but instead evaluating its performance, is certainly one way to turning a bad situation into a good one.

Even that isn’t entirely the full picture as far as positive thinking goes, however.

Look at it in this way: Over the course of your efforts to lose weight, there are bound to be times when you feel down, discouraged, or just simply disappointed with how things are going in general.

Whether or not these feelings are justified is secondary, but what is more important is how you react to them.

Some people respond in a very dour manner and end up convincing themselves that their entire effort has been a mistake. This often leads to a very, very bad conclusion, and it is one that you should try to avoid.

But if instead of responding in that manner, you look at things positively, and try to focus on what good you have accomplished, rather than what you haven’t accomplished, it could make a marked difference.

Take this situation as an example: Let’s just say you lost 5 lbs, which was one of your short-term goals. Unfortunately, when you look in the mirror, it really doesn’t look like that 5 lbs made much of a difference at all.

Now in such a situation, you react in either of the following ways:

  1. “Oh man, that 5 lbs made no difference at all. What’s the point of even continuing with this, it’s going to take forever for me to be slim.”


  1. “Hmmm, that 5 lbs didn’t make as much of a difference as I hoped for, but it did seem to help my tummy slightly. The next 5 lbs will definitely have me looking a lot better!”

Notice how the second approach frames things a little better? By offering yourself a little bit of encouragement, rather than whipping yourself for not having the results that you wanted, you can really put things in a way that is beneficial, rather than a deterrent.

Of course, you should be wary as to how positive you are.

Being positive simply for the sake of being positive can get you in as much trouble as being negative would. Let’s say you gained 5 lbs instead of losing it – and figured that you’d look at it in a positive way.

Well, that would just mean that you’re justifying what is, undeniably, a big mistake.

In short, although you should definitely try to be positive, you should not let it become something that actually stops you from facing up to mistakes. Finding this balance is crucial, and the sooner you do so, the better!

Over time, you’ll also find that your sense of self-worth increases due to the positive thinking mindset that you’ve adopted. That is something worth pursuing.

Anyway, we’re slowly ending, but there’s still one important section that we’ve yet to cover, and that is…

In our next Blog, let’s look at something else that plays a far more active role in weight loss, whether you know it or not. In fact, it is probably going to be one of the aspects of your mindset that most directly affects all your efforts.

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