Developing a Positive Mindset

updownarrows-1415385-1278x570Positivity is the key to staying on the path to success and peace of mind.  The mind is a powerful tool and it can pull you from the light to the darkness in a blink of an eye.  Life’s challenges have the tendency to uproot at the most inopportune time, but the power is in your hands as to how to deal with them.  It is up to you to develop a positive mindset.  Let me give you an example:  suppose you landed the job of your dreams?  You flew in and out of town several times interviewing for this great position and now it’s yours.  You have all these expectations and look forward to the new challenges that await you.  Things start off good but of course there is no job out there that is 100% perfect.  As a matter of fact, the only thing in this world that is perfect is the word “perfect”.  You’re on this job and learning the ropes and learning the flaws.  Things are not turning out exactly as expected.  As far as you’re concerned, you were given a false presentation.  Some of the things you were promised weren’t even in place yet.   Boy what a let down, but that’s okay – this too shall pass.  So, instead of worrying about the negative things that are going on at work you focus on your relocation into the environment of a new town and new apartment.




You’re getting settled in and look what happens, your car is stolen.  Not only are you learning how to drive around in a new town, but now you have to learn how to travel using public transportation.  This sucks but you have to keep going because … well because.  It’s not that bad because you are really getting the hang of public transportation; until you come home one day with yellow tape and police everywhere.  Why, because there was a murder on your block, that’s why.  Okay, now is the time to think about packing it up and going back home with your tail between your legs.  But you can’t do that because you signed a contract and have to stay at your job for at least a year.




This is affecting you negatively; you’re getting headaches all the time and you’re starting to have a bad disposition at work.  Now you’re listening to the negativity of others and it looks like everything is going down hill.  You can’t keep going like this, but how do you pull yourself up out of this slump?  I’ll tell you how!  You have to dig deep into the recesses of your mind and stop being your own worse enemy.  You have to develop the mindset that your issues are not going to get the best of you.  It’s time to object all negativity and become a PIMPPositive Individual Making Progress.  Tell yourself that you are not going to stop getting in your own way.  If procedures are not to your satisfaction at work; figure out a way to make them better.  Make the conscious effort to pull out the positive in any situation.  Go out and buy another car, get a dog that will stay in your apartment while you are away.  These solutions may not be the cure-all, but at least you are dealing with it and refuse to be a victim of your surroundings.  You may be surprised at the changes in your life’s path and all because you decided to change your mindset.


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  1. Hi Diane,
    Become a PIMP, I like that. You have a great message especially for those of us who may be facing adversity with one thing happening after another.
    Pulling out the positive in any situation is something that we can choose to consciously practice in our day to day lives. Though sometimes that’s easier said than done.

    1. Hi Ian, I love acronyms (hehe). It is so easy to fall into a depressive state, which is why it is very important to hold on to as much positivity as possible. It is a continuous work in progress. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Wow, your article points to a string of really bad luck. Without doubt it will take a positive mind over matter to keep someone outlook positive if all those events were to happen.

    Do you have any mind exercises you recommend to help people develop access to the positive recesses in the mind?

  3. Hi there Diane,

    I can’t help chuckling when you said “your car is stolen” because that’s exactly what happened to me 8 months ago. The car my father bought for me during my college days was stolen right in front of my own house, without any signs of breaking in.

    My positive mindset at that point was that it was an old car so it was time to get a new one. I actually spent a lot of money on repairs so it’s probably not worth keeping anymore.

    My new car is now a lot more comfortable and safer to drive. Hopefully, it would stay with me for a long time.

    1. Hi Cathy, often times we hold on to things because of familiarity. It is with great effort to look for the good out of any bad situation. In your case, you now have a better running car (smile). Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Hiya, for much of my woking life, I surround my self in negative but beleive there is a whole new world out there, better than ever I experience, so I visualise and I set my goals by taking action, my online businness is the key to unlock myself into financial freedom and I know it will happen someday. you got to find a spark in total darkness to set things off!

    1. Michael, you could not have spoken truer words, “you got to find a spark in total darkness to set things off”. You must place yourself in a positive light no matter what the situation. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I agree that having a positive mindset is important.

    You’ve got to get the best of every situation and there’s always 2 sides to a coin and we make a choice as to which side to look at.

    It brings to mind a quote I heard a while back, I think it’s Napoleon Hill (but don’t quote me on that) but it goes something like “In every seeming disaster is the seed of an equal or greater opportunity” You’ve just got to have your eyes open and see the opportunity.

  6. Great post Diane!

    I can honestly say I was not expecting that. Become a PIMP. You won’t hear that every time you read about being positive. I’ll be sure to be a PIMP the next time I feel negativity coming my way.

  7. This is great advice. I think too often we get caught up in the “poor me” attitude and wallow in self pity rather than taking action. Nothing is going to change if we don’t have a positive attitude and take action. We should all strive to be PIMPS!

  8. We all face adversity of one kind or another in our lives but the way we deal with it is what matters. We are often aware that we need to face it positively instead of negatively but it is not always that easy. I like what you say about digging down really deep into the recesses of our minds. It often takes consistent, conscious effort to change a negative mindset.

    1. Hi Erica-

      It is most definitely a work in progress when it comes to changing one’s mindset. It takes focus, desire, and strong will. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  9. Hi Diane; I like your take on changing the mindset to positivity. I too have learned that we will receive back what we send out. And I love the acronym PIMP. That will be easy for people to remember! 🙂 I follow a lot of Eckhart Tolle’s teaching on making the shift to becoming conscious and rising above the mind. Are you familiar with his writing or work?

    1. Hello Stella. I am not familiar with Eckhart Tolle, but did a little searching per your mentioning. Having a positive mindset is directly in line with Tolle’s teaching of consciously seeking a deeper awareness and understanding for achieving a better quality of life. Thank you for the introduction.

  10. Being positive is one way that can make you through to any mess you’re in, no matter what it is.

    Many times people are stuck in a problem because they have abandon all hopes of finding the solution in their problem and just settle in the current negative state they are in.

    1. I totally agree with you Norstad. It is so easy to stay negative, but it takes persistence to maintain a positive mindset. Thanks for stopping by.

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