How Optimists Handle Set Backs

  • See the “opportunity” in whatever has just happened. If you can’t see any possible upside now, just know that adversity won’t last forever. Staying optimistic allows you to persevere through the tough times. In the meantime, working on gratitude and appreciation for what IS good or going well may be the best way forward.   
  • Understand that everyone experiences setbacks, it’s not personal to you and you are not a “victim.” You didn’t “deserve” what happened, and random things do happen. At the same time, if you do have the ability to learn something from the experience or to control your view of the situation. It’s possible to find support no matter what happened, but its important to reach out and ask for it.
  • Do the “work”….every day. Without exception.