I believe that a positive attitude is one of the most powerful attributes of success in any walk of life. Unfortunately, so much negative information comes at us every day—from TV, the internet, and our personal experiences—it’s hard to avoid getting dragged down by it all. Even if you're in an upward spiral, something negative always comes along to send you downward again.
Much of the advice you hear about maintaining a positive attitude is ridiculous, but I have a technique that really works… and it’s simple.
When you encounter something negative or disappointing, ask yourself this question:
Will this matter a year from now?
Someone tailgates you on the way to work. Will this matter a year from now? Your kids make a lot of noise while you’re on the phone. Will this matter a year from now? The computer freezes while you’re writing an important email. Will this matter a year from now?
Of course, the answer to that question will sometimes be “Yes!” But most often you’ll realize that no, it won’t matter in a year—or even 10 minutes from now.
We can’t prevent negative things from happening but, simply by asking this question, we can keep them from wasting our time, draining our energy and sending us into a downward spiral.
For more anti-stress strategies, read an excerpt from Dr. Levin’s book, Get a Life and Keep It, by clicking here.