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How to develop optimism

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So many people talk about being more positive, “be more positive!” it´s their best advice as if this was so simple for all of us and of course, it´s even harder when we´re going through a difficult situation but, if positivity doesn´t seem to be working for you then you can try being more optimistic.

Positivity is all about seeing the positive stuff in all situations, see the positive in everyone and everything even when the world is falling apart, when the world is on fire. When we´re living situations like the one right now with coronavirus positivity is about finding the positive aspects but, this can be difficult to you.

With positivity you train your mind to see and look for the positive things in every situation and everyone. Some people find it hard to be more positive and to make positivity part of their life because in a certain way they´re ignoring all the negative stuff going on and there are some situations that it´s impossible to ignore everything that is going wrong and when you try to do it you feel worse.

Optimism is about accepting reality but looking forward to a better future, to a positive outcome. You accept that what you are going through right now is hard and tough but you now you can get through it and you are hopeful that something better is coming.

With optimism you accept the reality and train your mind to see pass that challenge to a brighter future.

For some people is easier to develop an optimistic mindset because you are accepting the reality, you are accepting all the negative, and wrong things going on, even all the sad things going on but you know that this won´t last forever and there are great things coming in the future. Optimism is that strong hope and belief that something better is coming.

Even when positivity and optimism have some differences, they still have at list one thing in common which is the way you choose to see every situation, the way you choose to see the world. We can´t deny that negativity is the worst you can do because the more you choose to see the world and every situation from a negative outlook the more negative situations will come to you and you keep living an unhealthy lifestyle full of unnecessary stress, fear and anxiety. When you choose to see every situation from a positive or optimistic outlook you are training your mind to stop looking for all the negative stuff going on and instead you work on looking for the positive things going on or the positive results or outcome, you can think about a better future after you overcome this challenge.

Some steps you can take to start developing optimism are:

1.- Make the decision and commitment to change your mindset.

2.- If it´s hard for you to be positive when you´re going through a tough situation just accept that what you are living right now is hard, but it´s not the end

3.- Think about positive outcomes and positive results once that situation is over

4.- Stay open to possibilities that can help you improve the situation

5.- See that situation as a challenge that will help you learn and get stronger.

Your perspective, the way you choose to see each situation and your life in general is a choice, you can choose whether you wan to stay seeing everything from a negative perspective or you can choose to start being more optimistic. Accept what´s happening right now but realize that it´s not forever and you can get though it and remain hopeful for the better future that is coming.

Let me know by leaving a comment on Facebook and Twitter if you have tried to be more positive and optimistic and if it was easy for you or if you struggle with it.

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Pam