When I was younger, I did not value positivity, but now I value positivity as a tool for success. A big part of success is taking on challenges or just running into challenges as part of your normal journey. A person can write an amazing sales proposal; however, there is no guarantee that the other party is going to accept it. A salesperson might ask ten or more people to get that one “yes.” A great batter in baseball only bats around .350. That means they fail 6.5 out of ten times. Rejection and challenges are just a part of life.
It’s challenging to stay positive among life’s ups and downs. It’s important to stay positive in the face of challenges even when you don’t feel like it. Our brains are wired to look for threats and negativity. This is why you can have an awesome day, yet the only thing you can think of is that one thing that went wrong. This could be a flippant comment by a coworker, a rude waiter, or someone who cut you off. We all have had those situations that sap our positivity and joy.
My challenges surrounding my disability are very tangible and obvious. I watch people perform activities that take them no time which takes me more effort and more energy. I have to deal with my body preventing me from doing the simple activities and I have to deal with not having free flowing speech. In addition, I happily take on amazing dreams. I am always trying to build a company. I’m trying to inspire people. And, I have the honor of raising two beautiful boys. These challenges can be daunting and have many discouraging moments. Yet, for the most part, I am a very positive person.
My view is that motivation and inspiration with regards to positivity is something within yourself. A mistake that people make is that they look to outside factors for motivation, inspiration, and positivity. While you can use external motivations, it’s up to you to seek and digest the positivity just like it’s up to you to find food when you are hungry or a drink when you are thirsty.
It’s challenging to be positive because engaging with challenges can get in the way. The life that you want to live is waiting for and you need to achieve your goals with positivity.
Facing challenges with positivity is the only way to keep moving forward on the road to amazing success.