Stay Positive

Updated 08/17/2017
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     We've all received the well-meaning advice to "stay positive." The greater the
     challenge, the more this glass-half-full wisdom can come across as Pollyannaish
     and unrealistic. It's hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive when
     positivity seems like nothing more than wishful thinking. The real obstacle to
     positivity is that our brains are hard-wired to look for and focus on threats. This
     survival mechanism served humankind well, back when we were hunters and
     gatherers and living each day with the very real threat of being killed by someone
     or something in our immediate surroundings.

     
That was eons ago. Today, this mechanism breeds pessimism and negativity
     through the mind's tendency to wander until it finds a threat. These "threats"
     magnify the perceived likelihood that things are going—and/or are going to
     go—poorly. When the threat is real and lurking in the bushes down the path,
     this mechanism serves you well. When the threat is imagined and you spend
     two months convinced that the project you're working on is going to flop, this
     mechanism leaves you with a soured view of reality that wreaks havoc in your
     life. Maintaining positivity is a daily challenge that requires focus and attention.
     You must be intentional about staying positive if you're going to overcome the
     brain's tendency to focus on threats.
     FROM: 9 Skills You Should Learn That Pay Dividends Forever by Dr Travis Bradberry
                   Published in LinkedIn on 08/14/2017