Maintaining a Positive Attitude During Difficult Times


“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.” Pat Riley

A positive mental attitude is indispensable to success… and that takes on added significance during the difficult days we are currently navigating.

But if you look at the road to success as a process… one where you focus on doing what lies clearly at hand, and then take it a step at a time, eventually, you will find yourself where you want to be.

Sometimes it’s not quite as easy as it sounds. You can have a positive attitude that immediately disappears in the face of adversity. Or you can let obstacles like fear, worry, anger, and doubt get in the way of your positive thinking.

For example, it’s easy to be afraid of losing money, wasting effort, or forfeiting an emotional or physical investment. If you’re not careful, these thoughts can start dominating and cause you to worry over potential losses rather than focusing on your potential gains.

Fear triggers worry, worry puts the power of your imagination to work creating all sorts of negative images that can interfere with your ability to perform effectively.

Fear and worry, in turn, create anger and doubt. Then, instead of constantly moving forward in the direction of your dreams and aspirations, you run the risk of seeing yourself as a victim. That leads to blaming other people and circumstances for your problems. And that diminishes your power to fix your situation.

The good news is, there are six things that will help you develop a positive mental attitude and eliminate these obstacles:


John Torre

I reside in North Brunswick, NJ, with my wife, Lynn, and daughters Kasey, Jaclyn, and Shelly. We also have a 110 pound, lovable Rottie named Leo that keeps us on our toes! When we're not hard at work we enjoy spending weekends at our bungalow down the Jersey shore, or take extended trips to Walt Disney World as members of the Disney Vacation Club. For kicks, I draw on my dominant "right-brain" and play guitar in classic rock and blues bands, act for local plays and independent productions, and enjoy writing creative fiction. I'm a published author in short fiction and stage plays and a graduate of a local community college's Commercial Writer's Certificate Program. After graduating from the program I was selected as an instructor and taught "Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror" writing for 8 years. I enjoy many fine relationships I made with my students to this day.

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