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Monday Motivation: Maintaining A Positive Mindset

Life does not promise to present the sweet things we crave on a daily basis. In fact, as they say, challenges are the spices that form and refine a person into a fine finished product or personality. However, the outcome of the challenges is dependent on our reaction during the trying times. A negative mindset produces a different result from a positive mindset.


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As easy as it seems to write down, maintaining a positive mindset in the face of challenges is not the snap of a finger. it is not the first thing that comes to your mind. It is effortless to give up or pull out, however, the end result is the most important.

Here are five tips to help you stay positive minded in the face of challenges:

Begin Everyday On A Positive Note

Wake up and see every day as another opportunity to try again. Leave the hurt and disappointment of yesterday behind, however, do not forget the mistakes that led to the disappointment. Most times the damages done to your mind are perpetrated by you. Thus, try not to beat yourself up because of a shortcoming. You’ll thrive by learning how not to be too hard on yourself.

Positive Self-Talk

This is the first aid of mental therapy. There are voices in your head and these voices do not say the same kind of things. The conflicting interest in one’s mind as a result of those voices causes anxiety, fear, and depression. However, you know the voice that always says you can’t do it, ignore that voice and shut it down by saying, ‘I can do it’. The greatest motivation for a man is self-motivation.


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No matter how much encouragement you get externally to get a job done, if an atom of it doesn’t come from within, you’ll be stuck at a place. Thus, always practise positive self-talk. Make it a habit

Identify The Negative Areas

According to Albert Einstein, ‘insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.’ You don’t expect to get better at certain things by repeating the same mistakes. To nurture a positive mindset, you need to identify those things that flood your mind with negativity and eradicate them. Cut off from people that feel your mind with darkness.

Focus On The Brighter Sides

As suggested above, challenges are part of human existence. The only way to avoid challenges is to stop existing. Only a dead man is devoid of struggles. So when challenges come your way, focus on the brighter aspects of life. Maintain a grateful mindset.

One may be tempted to ask, ‘what if there is nothing to be grateful for?’ That is not possible. Why? This is because only a living man can contemplate on whether there is something to be grateful for. Thus, being alive is enough reason to be grateful. The ability to see another day means that you have another fighting chance to make things right. Be grateful

Spend Time With Positive People

The cliche’, ‘Evil communication corrupts good manners’ seems overused but it remains relevant. You relive only what your mind has fed on. If you subject your mind to negative things, you can only reproduce negative things. Same goes with the positive things. Apply this tactic to your relationship with people and see it work wonders.

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Chidozie Prince Ahaneku

I am a poet. I am a moderate thinker who abhors radicalism on every front and believes that most things are relative. I am a social and political critic. I love writing, reading and international politics.

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