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How To Use The Real World To Stay Positive and Motivated

By Bridget Webber
Updated February 13, 2015

Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder when it comes to staying positive and optimistic, but it’s not always that easy.

Truth be told, your outlook on the vast world around us might be pretty bleak for a variety of reasons, including your own pessimistic perception or perhaps the views of another that you believe in strongly.
But when you’re feeling down and you can’t quite figure out how to fix it, consider making an effort to see the brighter side in all things… and not just in a figurative sense.

Educate Yourself

Knowledge is power! The old phrase has far more meanings than one might think. Having a well-nurtured understanding of the world we live in allows a person to see situations from many different angles. Perhaps more importantly, being well-educated lets one grasp the “big picture” of reality more easily.

No, the world does not revolve around you, but reading into the lives of those who have made a difference in the world, no matter how humble their beginnings, shows you that anything is truly possible.

Putting this into practice in your own life, you must realize that you have such great potential as a human, and staying goal driven and positive makes unlocking your power easier. Maybe someone will write a book about you one day.

However, being “educated” to stay positive involves more than just books and encyclopedias…

Get Out More

Life begins the moment you leave your comfort zone. Make a point at least once a year to visit some place that motivates you.

For example, if you desire success in the business world, consider taking a short vacation to New York City’s Financial District. Taking in the sights, sounds and even the smells of success can have a profound effect on your motivation.

Seeing what someone is capable of can motivate you to do the same. Instead of idolizing the ridiculous celebrities who you see on reality shows and television in general, go out and find a real hero: someone who’s truly made a difference in the world in which we live today.

See Things Externally

There are going to be many setbacks in your life, and everyone alive has had setbacks and will have more before the end. The only difference between you and the people who are reaping the rewards of success is that they don’t let the setbacks dominate their life.

When disaster strikes, step back for a moment and make a list of the good things that are still in your life, starting from the most important. For example: “You’re alive. The world is alive. You’re loved by many. There are many opportunities for you, even if your current situation doesn’t work out. You have infinite potential, and this is simply a temporary setback.”

You’ll soon find that the list of good things far outweighs the list of bad things, no matter the situation. Take this fact in and then move on. Never dwell on failure, because even the most successful people have had many failures. In fact, they’re probably had more than you have.

Pin It From someone else’s perspective, you’re someone who has tried valiantly and experienced a minor delay. You’re not a failure; you’re a human, and anyone who is worth his or her weight knows this and never holds failure against you. See the world from the eyes of these people, and you will more easily find your success.

Practice being well educated, well-traveled and “extro”spective rather than introspective. This allows you to see the world from angles other than the eyes in your head. Understand that setbacks exist, but they are temporary. Lift yourself up and keep going, no matter what. If you do so, you will reach your goals.

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Katherine Hurst
By Bridget Webber
Bridget Webber's background rests in mental health, counseling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy.

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