While learning from failure is an important part of any entrepreneur’s career, the human mind finds it all too easy to get stuck in a negative rut, too low to see the positive signs all around.
Fighting the urge to swerve toward the negative is a matter of training our minds, as Entrepreneur’s Nadia Goodman points out, and she has three suggestions to help make positive thinking a habit.
1. Express gratitude. Negative events loom large unless you consciously balance them out. “When you’re faced with challenges, it’s important to take stock of what’s going well,” Della Porta says. Thinking about the good in your life can help balance that bias, giving your brain the extra time it needs to register and remember a positive event…
2. Repeat positive affirmations. As any politician or advertiser knows, the more often you hear a message, the more likely you are to believe it. The same goes for messages about who you are and what you are capable of doing. By repeating positive affirmations with conviction several times each morning, you are training your brain to believe them. “Over time, you’ll start to internalize them,” Della Porta says. Repeat your affirmations silently if you feel self-conscious…
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