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What to Do When You're Feeling Down

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 23/02/2016 Jeff Steinmann
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When you're working towards a life of fulfillment, you're going to hit roadblocks. Sometimes things won't go the way you want them to and you'll get down.
It happens to everyone. Successful people, however, know how to deal with it. They know how to process the events that happen and the feelings that result in a healthy way so they can get on with things.
Every one of us has our own unique perspective that drives how we see the world. No perspective is right and no perspective is wrong, but they are all very different.
When you look at your own situation, be very aware of the simple fact that you are seeing it through your perspective. And that perspective is only one of a great many that exist.
Since they are all different and none of them are right or wrong, you can simply (but not necessarily easily) find a different one. And since there are an infinite number of different perspectives, you may as well find one that suits you.
Here's how to change your perspective when you are feeling down.
1. Identify your current perspective
Don't spend a lot of time on this one. It's important to understand what your perspective is, but it's also important not to spend too much time dwelling on it. So, just take a minute and write a bit about your situation and what is bad about it. Just get it down on paper in a paragraph or two.
2. Find a new perspective
Figure out a way that this situation is good. Figure out how it could possibly benefit you. What positive could possibly come of it? What opportunities could arise from it?
Yes, I know this is really hard -- especially when you are down. But, it's critical. This is the moment at which you'll make a decision that will determine whether you rise to great heights or remain where you are.
So, I'll give you a few hints.
a) Whatever's got you down is going to make you stronger. Being successful depends on becoming the best person you can possibly be. And adversity builds you into a stronger person.
b) Loss creates opportunity. Much of what gets folks down is related to loss or disappointment. As difficult as it may be, loss always makes room for new opportunities. So think about the opportunities that could be opening up for you.
You have to get creative with this. It's never easy, but you can indeed find a new and positive way to view your current situation.
3. Take action
Everyone posts motivational images on Facebook and Pinterest and people like them and share them. That's all great, but it doesn't matter if you don't take action. This is where you have to do something.
Now that you have a new positive perspective, take some action on it. Do something that moves you in the right direction, given your new perspective. I know it's not easy, but it's the only way to move forward in the direction you want to go.
Use these steps to get you out of your funk and do the big, great things that will take you to where you want to go.
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