Have you ever been making good progress towards your goals and all of a sudden something happens that stops you in your tracks?
Or has it ever seemed like everything is going against you?
Yeah? Me too… More often than I would care to admit.
If you are anything like me, you will know that, once it takes hold, negativity likes to linger and grow. If it is not dealt with efficiently it can consume you completely.
The truth is, everybody feels low and negative at some point in their lives. In fact, when you are pushing yourself to be successful, when you are trying to improve yourself… then by definition you will encounter many set-backs and rejections, which will in turn, make you feel negative… if you let it.
Luckily, I have discovered and learnt some great strategies, from personal development experts such as, Tony Robbins, Dr.Wayne Dyre and Brendon Burchard, that have enabled me to bounce back in the quickest and most effective way possible.
I would like to share the strategies that work the best for me, maybe they can work for you?
Acknowledge, understand and forgive.
What I tend to do, when I feel low, is beat myself up for feeling negative! What I can promise you is that two negatives do not make a positive!
Rather than being annoyed with yourself for being negative, try acknowledging that you feel low. Then forgive yourself… after all you are only human.
Being able to say “Yes I feel down. I forgive myself for this and I will now decide to move towards positivity,” is a powerful tool. Give yourself permission to move on.
Focus on your blessings.
When I feel down, it is so easy to just focus continually on the negative feeling.
This only makes things worse! Pro-actively decide to spend some time thinking about what you are grateful for in your life.
I find it particularly powerful to acknowledge the simple things in life. My surroundings, nature, friends, family, health… anything and everything!
Completing this process breaks the flow of negative feelings. It stops them growing. Once you have broken the momentum and growth of negativity, then it is much easier to go back, face it and beat it.
Write down your life goals and what they mean to you.
This is my absolute favourite strategy!
I write down my life goals and the feelings I will get from making progress towards these goals. When I have finished, I feel amazing and any negativity has disappeared.
Most people don’t write down their goals… even less people write down the feelings they will have and what those goals mean to them. Yet it has been scientifically proven, time and time again, that this process triples the likelihood in achieving them.
It’s invigorating, it creates laser sharp focus and you instantly feel positive and energised towards making your life goals a reality.
Take some action… any action
"When you fall off the horse, you have to get back on"
This saying is true when it comes to being positive… when you fall off you have to dust yourself off and get back on it.
Momentum is a huge player in how we live our lives. Taking one step forward, will start to turn the tide in how you feel… No matter how small that step is, take it and take it quickly.
Every single success story has the history of more set-backs than you can imagine. The main contributing factor of success is the ability to keep taking action no matter what.
The most successful people in the world continue to take action towards their goals… No matter how many times they are told “you can’t”… No matter how many times they fail… They take action until they succeed.
Taking action will instantly make you feel better and it will get you one step closer to where you want to be.
Putting it all together
It is impossible to be positive all the time… Everybody falls off the wagon at some point. The difference between ultimate success and everyone else, is the ability to bounce back quickly.
When you feel low, acknowledge and forgive yourself. Be thankful for what is good in the world and on how far you have come. Re-focus on the feelings achieving your goals will give you in the long-run and finally… take action! A small step is better than no step at all.