Being positive doesn’t mean staying positive. We all have negative moments, moments when we doubt ourselves, when we make mistakes, when someone lets us down, and so on. Being positive is how you bounce back from those moments. It’s about not letting those moments slip into weeks and months and years. It’s about talking to yourself, putting faith in yourself, and loving yourself despite those moments. Life is more than those moments. Once you figure that out, positivity will flow naturally through your veins.
Our weaknesses are not a life-sentence. We can always practise. We can always learn. We can always adapt. We can always embrace. We can master our weaknesses. We might lack confidence, patience, determination, optimism, discipline, or another asset. But that doesn’t mean we cannot master them. Whether that’s to hone that new skill or just to accept our weakness and adjust. Because all that really matters is that we don’t let them limit us, but that we push ourselves forward despite them.
The noise of the world and the noise in our heads often drown out confidence, optimism, and reason. Sometimes the noise of the world becomes the noise in our heads. We are told we’re not good enough. We are told we’re nothing more than our mistakes. We communicate in negatives, in lacking, in problems. Who’s dictating? Don’t let the noise suffocate your voice. Ignore the noise and get out your microphone. Sing a new tune, one that you actually want to listen to. Because the only one talking in your head should be you.
People sometimes push the wrong buttons. And fiercely, anger overtakes us, jealousy engulfs us or hurt consumes us. Whilst we should never feel ashamed of these feelings, hanging onto them indefinitely only harms us. We may try to convince ourselves that these emotions only reflect other people and their character, but really they just begin to define who we are. Don’t let someone’s stupidity, insensitivity or wrongdoings pollute you. Don’t let them steal away your focus, faith, happiness and optimism. Because otherwise, it’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
Light is always its brightest in the darkness. It signifies hope for better things to come in a time of trouble. But we cannot expect better things to just fall at our feet. To surround ourselves with light, we have to seek it. We actively have to move towards the light, how ever slowly that may be. Because it’s only when we are truly willing to change, that change can actually run its course, whether it be a lifestyle change, a shift in mindset, or a cutting of negative ties. If you want light to come into your life, you have to stand where it’s shining.
When we face a difficulty, we sigh in despair or cry out in frustration. We’re blinded by the work, the time and the poor odds. But out of every difficulty, a seed sprouts. We can choose to be a fighter or a quitter. We can choose to be versatile or stale. We can choose to find the beauty or the hindrance. It’s hard at the time to be an optimist. But in every difficulty, we’ll find the greatest glory once we realise we conquered it.
Life is all about perspective. We can look at the glass as being half empty or half full. We can shrink away from the world in fear or we can embrace it with open arms. We can assess situations with vigour, candour, ignorance, or cynicism. We can live in pain and loss or gratitude and fullness. We can see another side to every story. Life is all about perspective. Sometimes it’s hard to grasp that perspective is something we own. Our circumstances, our fate, our relationships may all colour it, but it is ultimately in our hands. We just need to learn to master it. There’s always another way to look at things, and that makes all the difference. Don’t let go of that power.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer