An optimism that works for you
Trying to be optimistic during difficult or challenging times seems like a tiring exercise. Standing in front of a mirror and saying ‘I am grateful for a beautiful life’ when the unemployment rate in South Africa continues to increase can seem fruitless. Optimism almost seems far-fetched when you’re faced with struggles on a daily basis and we completely understand!
However, optimism is one of the key characteristics one needs in order to become more resilient. We know this may sound strange but we have provided ways for you to be optimistic in a more realistic way.
- Practice gratitude
We often forget to be grateful for what we have because we’re constantly focusing on what we want. Take time to think or even journal about three things you have right now that money can’t buy. It will help you put things into perspective.
- Choose your response
You may not have a choice in the cards you were dealt but you can definitely choose how to respond to them. Focus your thoughts on things that you have power and control over.
- Success stories
Many of us have been in the position of listening to public figures speak about their trials and tribulations. Their stories may seem distant from our stories and that is completely normal. Find stories in your life where you persevered despite the challenges and remind yourself of how you succeeded.
- Check your circle
The people around you can affect your state of mind. Surround yourself with those that embody optimism. Think of your circle as a garden of plants that need a good environment to flourish. Encourage each other by sharing your success stories.
We hope these 4 simple steps will help you start small when you need to be optimistic.
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