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Turn Negative into Positive Action

"Learned optimism" - the ability to interpret negative events in positive terms can boost your productivity.

To give yourself a mental edge:

  • Devise three solutions to any problem. By forcing yourself to identify a trio of options, you leave less time for anxiety. You'll also gain momentum by seeking more creative solutions.
  • Reframe upsetting situations. That's better than allowing your mood to deteriorate. Example: Replace thoughts of "That customer was so rude" with "That person must really be having a bad day."
  • Embrace each challenge on its own terms. Don't assume problems are here to stay or that negative, unbreakable patterns must block your success.

~ Source: Communication Briefings, as adapted from Shape, Weider Publications.