Life throws a curveball at everyone once in a while. In fact, it’s a major tell-tale sign of growing up, when you are forced to constantly keep your emotions in check while a million things in your life are blowing up in shambles. However, the key to surviving such situations is to not let the negativity get to your head. Instead, remain optimistic and calm that eventually, things will work out for the better. Here are the 10 best ways to be an optimistic person.
10 Best Ways To Be An Optimistic Person
1- Ditch Those Negative Thoughts
This may seem like an obvious thing to do but it is, in fact, the hardest thing to achieve. Whenever a voice in your head is urging you to think about all the things that can go wrong with a particular project or anything in your life, take a moment to think about the ‘what ifs’ in a positive light. What if it works out fine? What if your project is the best one yet? Such statements will help you to stay motivated and ensure that fear of failure should not stop you from achieving that goal.
2- Design Some Constructive Mantras
With all the negative energy surrounding us, it would be a breath of fresh air if we could reinforce positivity in ourselves. Create a phrase that best suits you and repeat it to yourself throughout the day.
3- Look At The Bright Side
Again, this may be the most difficult thing to do when you are going through a crisis. But, however hard it may seem, looking at the positives has its perks. With every problem that arises, there is something positive that comes out of it. It may just be that you come out stronger, more resilient than before or are even able to hone your stress dealing skills.
4- Envelope Yourself In Positivity
Surrounding yourself with positive people is a sure-fire way to help you stay positive too. Their optimism is bound to rub off on you. However, besides people, you can surround yourself with positivity through books, music and even movies that portray optimism.
5- Move On From The Past
Dwelling in the past, reminiscing about the ‘could-have-been’ or ‘should-have-been’ throws you in a spiral that can become impossible to get out of. Therefore, it is essential that you focus on tomorrow and what opportunities and good that it can bring in your life. Recall the quote of Lion King when your mind goes into overdrive thinking of the past “Oh yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it you can either run from it or learn from it.”
6- Start Focusing On Your Success
We are our own biggest critics. However, sometimes, the criticism goes to the point that we start to get demotivated and convince ourselves that we can never be good enough. At times like these, it is essential that we silence our inner critic and regroup. It is crucial that we celebrate our own success as we do that of other people.
7- Think Of Solutions Rather Than Problems
No matter how big the problem is, thinking about all the worst-case scenarios will not help in solving it. The only way to get rid of the problem would be to think of all the possible solutions. But, one cannot do that in a panic-stricken state of mind. So, an optimist person would analyze the problem and then start thinking of the solutions in order to combat it.
8- Keep A ‘Thankful’ Journal
A thankful journal basically helps to remind you of all the blessings that have been bestowed upon you. It helps in the rebooting process when we have fallen into the wells of despair. So start listing down the things that are right in your life and make you happy, to remind yourself to be grateful when things go wrong.
9- Fake Your Optimism
Studies have shown that you can trick your brain into taking a more positive approach towards things if you physically act so. For example, by smiling more, and taking things in a positive light, you can trick yourself into feeling optimistic.
10- Counter-attack Your Negative Thoughts
Don’t let your negative thoughts hold you down. For every negative thought that you have, try to put things into a positive perspective. Try to overcome fear, low self-esteem, and doubts to avoid going down a road which is unnecessary and painful. As Dalai Lama has so nicely stated, “See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort.”
These are the 10 best ways to be an optimistic person that you can try to adopt in your life.
By Rubab Adil