Small Ways to Shift Negative Thoughts When You Feel Stuck

It's all about dealing yourself a positivity card when you need it.

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One of the cruel barriers to writing resilience is that negativity has a longer shelf life than positivity. For years I searched for my novel on bookstore shelves. Whether the book was on the shelves or not, my brain surmised the worst: the book wasn’t selling. The solution to such no-win thoughts? 

Experts say it takes three positive thoughts to offset one negative thought. Stacking our positivity deck has the cumulative benefit of allow- ing us to unlock a range of options and stir the creative juices. When we reshuffle our negativity deck while writing a draft or making revisions, our creative juices start to automatically dwarf stress juices. 

A few tips can help you stack the deck in your favor, bounce back from bad news, and weather difficult writing days:

  • Avoid blowing things out of proportion
  • Look for the upside of downside situations
  • Focus on the solution instead of the problem
  • Pinpoint the opportunity in a challenge
  • Be chancy in new situations instead of letting survival fears hold the cards
  • Step back from roadblocks and brainstorm possible stepping stones
  • And hang out with positive people. 

Today’s Takeaway

Deal yourself a positivity card on a regular basis to build your mind’s creative mojo and offset stress juices that could bring you to a screeching halt when you encounter a writing threat.

Excerpt from Daily Writing Resilience by Bryan E. Robinson, PhD, with permission from the author and publisher.

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