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Turning problems into opportunities

Opportunities and problems go together, often masked as one of the same. It’s your perspective that determines how well you exploit this dialectic.

It’s always easier to play the role of a pessimist. Bad thoughts are typically stickier than good ones. Optimism is harder to produce.

However, when you look at your challenges with a pragmatic lens, you realize there’s hope.

There will inevitably be some wins along the way, even if they’re incremental. After all, the Chinese word for crisis combines the characters for danger and opportunity.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

William James

The mind quickly identifies fake and forced positive thoughts. It also catches you from falling into a morass of negativity.

When you run away from a problem because the amygdala has told you to play it safe, you pass the opportunity by.

Dancing with the tension between thought and action motivates the search for solutions. He who hesitates caused by the dizziness of anxiety — a type of failure in advance — is sure to be lost.

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The Perils of Positive and Negative Thinking

A positive thinker can’t relax because the imagination takes a lot of effort.  A negative thinker can’t relax because listlessness gets nothing gets done at all.

Both action and inaction create frustration.  We either want more or we just want to start.

Both the positive thinker and negative thinker stress about the unforeseeable future.  One is trying to craft it, the other is letting it happen at no avail. 

The positive are more successful because the brain tells them to try more.  Perseverance increases the chances of success.  Negative thinking perpetuates failure because the brain is stuck in pessimism.

Both positive and negative states need to LET GO.  Stop merchandising ideas that don’t exist.  Instead, find something you really like and enjoy doing it, at this moment.  There’s no substitute for being undone in the present.

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If anything can go wrong, fix it.

Peter Diamandis, contrary to Murphy’s law: If anything can go wrong, it will