Have you ever noticed how radically different the world seems when you are in a positive, empowered, and resourceful state of mind, versus when you are in a negative, defeated, and pessimistic state of mind? For instance, when I’m with my granddaughters – I can see the beauty in everything, all is right with the world, I feel joy, happiness, and positivity oozes from my pores. On the days when they aren’t with me, I feel depressed, want to sleep all day, and all the negativity in the world is front and center.
Simply put, these two states of mind mark a night and day difference between your overall experience of the world, and the way you interpret events in your own life.
One powerful self-help maxim that has been promoted by people such as Tony Robbins, is that you should strive to only make significant decisions in your life from a resourceful state of mind.
Here are a few reasons why this might be sound advice.
Because doing so will help you see a lot of clear and positive paths forward that you might otherwise have missed.
Whenever you are confronted by problems in your life – ranging from household issues, to a lack of satisfaction with the course of your professional life – the kind of mindset you are in will tend to have a radical impact on whether you can identify a path forward or not.
Negative and pessimistic mindsets tend to correlate with passivity and fatalism; a belief that nothing can change, and that effort is futile.
On the other hand, a positive and resourceful mindset frequently illuminates all sorts of actions you can take in order to move towards resolving your problems, whether those actions involve contacting septic tank experts to work on your property, or whether they involve polishing up your CV and beginning to hunt for new jobs.
Because your life will frequently take a better course if you let the most empowered version of yourself call the shots.
In order to achieve great and positive things in your life you typically need to be able to put yourself out there, act boldly and decisively, and have a degree of balanced self belief that can get you initiating action.
Simply put, your life will frequently take a better course if you let the most empowered version of yourself call the shots.
If you are making your decisions from a vulnerable and pessimistic state of mind, the chances that you will enthusiastically engage with life are much lower, which means that your likelihood of experiencing positive outcomes, and a positive orientation towards the world, are also much lower.
Because operating from a place of insecurity and fear will often have detrimental consequences.
Many “negative spirals” in life occur, firstly, because of decisions made from a place of insecurity and fear.
For example, you may be socially anxious and allow yourself to sink into a negative mindset that reinforces this perspective, then you find yourself withdrawing more and more from social situations and your anxiety deepens, and the spiral continues.
Interrupting these pessimistic habits of thought can make all the difference in helping you to get into an upward spiral instead, thrive, and live your best life.