Creating a Rationally Positive Attitude
When you’re discouraged, it’s important to maintain an optimistic, constructive, benevolent mindset. You do this by staying focused on values. Such a mindset can be based entirely on the facts of the real world around you, including your own ability to manage your own mind and cope with any intense emotions. In other words, you can create a rationally positive attitude, not by “faking it until you make it” or by ignoring the negatives in the world, but by understanding and accepting your situation more deeply. I like to say that “accepting reality” means accepting your emotions. You do this, by logic, self-empathy, and an objective focus on both your own deepest values, and fundamental, rational values.
I’ve written and taught extensively on this issue and people have found it helpful to immerse themselves in this material. On this page, you can read through blog articles, Thinking Lab articles, and access 12+ hours of audio recordings from past Thinking Lab classes.
Note: This page is open to the public, but non-members can access only the blog posts, not the password-protected Thinking Lab articles and recordings.
- How Identifying Three Good Things Each Day Makes Your Life Better
- Getting More Emotional Impact from Good Things that Happen in Life
- If you don’t have resources for self-awareness, you don’t have resources for anything
- Catching What Triggers You
- Tackle Tough Long-Term Issues with Three Pages a Day
- The Work of Worry
- Three Signs You Need to Check Your Premises
- Right Brain/Left Brain vs. Conscious/Subconscious
- Introspect So You Can Take Action
- Use a Physical Process to Release Tension
- Distinguishing Feeling Overloaded from Feeling Overwhelmed
- You always have a choice
- The Alternative to a “No Choice” Rule
- Don’t mistake your questions for your choices
- Eyes-Wide-Open Decision Making: An Overview
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