Four ideas help all to be positive in a negative world

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Capt.) Ryan Mortensen
2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery
Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

Every day we experience the assault of negativity.

If we watch the news, we see the fluctuating stock market, the fighting of global terrorism and the increase of domestic violence.

While standing in line at a grocery store, we can read tabloids filled with the latest gossip that consists of tearing somebody down because of what they wear, how they look or what they have done.

At work, if we listen closely enough, we will probably hear our colleagues gossiping about fellow friends and possibly even the U.S.!

Although the above elements can increase our negativity, the greatest impact may occur when things do not go according to our plan. When plans fail, we oftentimes focus on this one question, “Why is this happening to me?”

It is too easy to get down on ourselves and become part of the problem and feed the fire of negativity with self-pity, worthlessness and self-doubt.

All of this raises the question: How can we become positive people in a negative world?

Take a look at the following four ideas.

•First, build a secure foundation on your faith: a positive belief system. I put my faith in Christianity, drawing my security and positive thinking from the teachings of the Bible (Matt. 6:24, Luke 12:24-25, Philippians 4:6, and Romans 5:3). How about you? How do you see the world? Where does your security come from?

•Second, try switching your focus from negative thoughts to nurturing positive thoughts. The mind is the ultimate battlefield!

Look at your difficult situation as an opportunity to find joy and a chance to reinvent yourself. Maybe you have experienced the disappointment of being passed over for promotion, or not receiving an assignment you were betting on, or maybe you received a pink slip out of the blue.

Instead of focusing on the closed door, take a step back and look at the big picture and seek out possibilities rather than impossibilities. Use your negative experiences and transform them into positive learning experiences.

Easier said than done, I know. However, our faith will help transform our thought process.

Do you believe opportunities and good fortune can come your way?

•Third, we must follow positive thinking with positive actions. Tracy Brinkman of Brinkmann and Associates wrote, “Harvard and Stanford Universities have reported that 85 percent of the reason a person gets a job and gets ahead in that job is due to attitude, and only 15 percent is because of technical or specific skills.” Amazing!

Those who demonstrate an outward positive attitude create more opportunities for success. Does this surprise you?

Positive people can ease the stress of a job, and working for a positive boss will allow people to thrive and not merely survive in the workplace. Do you believe that your attitude helps or sabotages your life plans and the plans of others?

•Fourth, positive thinking requires persistence and resilience. When our faith and our patience are tested, we may become negative and think about quitting; however, we must persevere. If you fall, get back up again.

Philippians 3:13 states, “… I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”

Renew your faith. Practice positive thinking. Act on it, and you will become a positive person beaming light into a negative and dark world.

Keep Shining!



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