07 Jun Negativity
A TO Z: 26 ISSUES TRANSITIONING VETERANS FACE #13
There’s one difference between winning and losing. If you are thinking it’s heart, you are off to a good start; however, if you are thinking mental toughness, you hit the nail on the head. Success or failure swings on a very small pendulum of psychological balance that focuses on either the negative or positive aspect of a problem and or solution. There are many times in life when we are all faced with adversity. What we do in those moments is what defines who we are.
Having a negative mindset comes about in many different ways, just as having a positive outlook is based on various factors. Our minds are designed in a way that allow us to choose to go left or right and forward or backward. The choice is ours. So when we have a decision to make, how we respond will determine if the future decisions we make are good or bad. So in essence, every decision basically leads to another decision either for today or tomorrow.
Through this process of continuation, sometimes the decisions we make either take us to an extreme dark place or a very positive place – depending on how well we are able to process information. Life is an extreme roller coaster. When you have a negative attitude, it takes a strong commitment to reverse stinking thinking. Your mental toughness is put to the test, as it’s extremely difficult to stay in a positive mindset every single day.
Events occur that shift our focus and how we respond is critical. It’s so easy to revert to negative thinking when things go wrong. As a veteran, we are used to having a battle buddy pick us up. When we transition back to civilian life and that positive reinforcement is no longer there, it can be difficult to pick ourselves up.
Here are seven strategies to help change your mindset from negative to positive consistently:
- Practice deep breathing techniques
- Talk to a close friend regularly about difficulties you are facing
- Look at the bright side of every situation
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce stress by not over thinking decisions
- Remember every day is a new opportunity to change the future
- Set realistic short- and long-term goals
Negativity comes when we allow it. That’s why having a high-level of enthusiasm and excitement reduces negative thoughts. The easiest way to overcome negativity is by realizing your own strengths and weaknesses. That’s why when you focus on your strengths, you succeed more than you fail.