Opportunity Attracts Opportunity

Optimism attracts more optimism.

I’ve had my fair share of negative moments in my life. We all do at some point. Little crumbles, Big blunders. The last decade of my life has been buttered with various difficulties. Health, finances, friendships, betrayal.

It’s easy to fall into a negative lull. But one thing you learn quickly (if you are paying close attention) about being negative is it doesn’t actually get you anywhere.

Negativity doesn’t get you anywhere.

It feels good to complain every now and then. But complaining and negativity are a lot like candy—a little makes you feel good in the short term, but a lot of complaining gunks up your life. It doesn’t make you feel better. It doesn’t solve your problems. In fact, it doesn’t help you at all.

All negativity is good for is keeping you exactly where you don’t want to be.

What does negativity get you?

More opportunities?

More friends?

More success?

No—just more things to complain about.

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

Let’s look at negativity’s counterpart: positivity.

I think people bristle at the idea of positivity because they assume that being positive or optimistic means expecting everything to work out in your favor. But expecting everything to go your way is an unrealistic ego-driven way to live. Of course, things won’t always go our way. That’s where being positive comes in handy.

The value of positivity is when things inevitably don’t work out the way we want, we can still see the good in the situation.

Positivity is a reliable tool for when life beats you up and steals your lunch money.

When something dump happens, what’s something I can look forward to? What can I do better next time? What’s something good that can come from this?

Good things that come from struggles and unfortunate circumstances are the worst *best* lessons we can have. Worst because if we could change the past we’d likely go back and make sure they don’t happen. Best because they are life-altering. They change our life’s trajectory and story. In my case, a chronic injury helped me become interested in health, medicine, and wellness.

Positivity also attracts luck. And abundance. And don’t forget opportunity. There’s a lot of upside to living positivity, but I can’t say the same about being negative.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1690

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