Begin to Deal with Challenges Confidently

This is the season of hope, peace, love, and joy. Yet, there can be challenges.

How you approach challenges that come up will depend on your attitude. According to Webster's New World Dictionary, attitude is a way of acting, feeling, or thinking that indicates your opinion about something. Your attitude is like a mirror. It reflects what you choose to focus on.

Challenging times can happen in life even during special times. One option is to focus on negatives. However, when you do this it is harder to:

  • Feel confident
  • Pursue goals
  • Be happy
  • Solve problems
  • Socialize and enjoy relationships.

A better option is to recognize when negatives are happening in your life without letting yourself dwell on them. In order to do this, you have to first be aware that you are stewing about something. Once you are aware that you are getting stuck with negative thoughts, you have the opportunity to change what you are thinking to more positive thoughts, such as things you are grateful for.

To deal with challenges confidently, Positive Psychology research suggests when you experience genuine positive emotions in a 3 to 1 ratio with negative emotions, you cross a psychological tipping point. This means at the point of three positive emotions for every negative emotion, you will function at your best. You will feel more confident and happier, pursue your goals, solve problems, and enjoy your relationships more.

Keeping a positive frame of mind during challenging and stressful times is possible with practice. During this holiday season, it is possible to be hopeful and more resilient by increasing your ability to overcome adversity. Begin to deal with challenges confidently by:

  1.  Knowing what you care about and value – what is important to you.
  2.  Discovering ways to reduce the demands on your time and money so that you feel in control of these resources.
  3. Choosing to go to only a couple of stores, shop online, look for things that are "good enough" instead of running around trying to find the best or perfect present.
  4. Talking with family members about how to simplify giving gifts and entertaining. 
  5. Breaking more complex tasks into smaller parts that can be done one at a time.
  6. Being able to say "No" to requests that will drain you.

It is important to remember that you do have a choice in how you respond to events going on around you. Even though you cannot control outside circumstances, you can choose to have a curious and creative attitude as you approach the holidays. Choose to:

  • Do the things that are meaningful and energize you rather than drain you.
  • Have at least three positive thoughts for every negative thought.

No matter what your circumstances are, let this be a time of hope and resilience that will take you through the holidays and into the months ahead.

Until next time,

Maurine

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