Flipping the Script to Positive

Choose Happiness

Faced with disaster, you can consciously focus your attention on some of the positive elements in the situation. No, this is not like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. That’s not going to get you where you want to go.

Notice the Dips

One of the most important ways to flip the script toward positive is to catch your slide toward negativity in its earliest stages. This allows you to take remedial actions before the negative feelings become firmly established.

  • Unfriendly or short-tempered remarks or actions,
  • Less than your usual tolerance, good will, or sense of humor,
  • Body aches, headaches, or other “somaticizing” issues,
  • Any negative words or deeds that are out of character for you.

Take a Positive Step

Having noticed your negativity and identified at least one reason for it, you’re in a solid position to start the remedial process. Just as every journey begins with a single step, the road toward positive mental attitude begins with some kind of concrete action.

  • Formulating an action plan,
  • Marshalling needed resources,
  • Assembling a helpful team,
  • Making a simple decision about what to do first.

Revise Expectations

It’s surprising how big a role your expectations play not only in your thoughts and feelings, but in your ability to produce desired outcomes.

  • What’s the minimum acceptable outcome in this difficult situation?
  • What are the simplest actions you can take in that direction?
  • How much slower can you go in striving toward that goal?
  • What is the nearest milestone you can aim for, enroute to that goal?

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Robert Moskowitz

Robert Moskowitz

Robert Moskowitz is a successful, award-winning writer and consultant, and the author of “How to Organize Your Work and Your Life.”