Negativity is around us every day. Whether it’s on social media or the news channel, we experience negativity at scale in today’s world and it can be hard to shake.
Filter content. We don’t realize it, but negative content feeds our mind subconsciously and changes our perspective over time. To really feel an optimistic outlook on life, we need to shut off negative content and feed our minds with the right juice. This can be hard, but filtering out the bad and replacing it with the good will have a huge impact on our lives and the way we think.
Be around positive people. Who we spend our time with dictates our thoughts and behavior. This is an underrated psychological effect that no one talks about, but rather than be victim, we can use it to our advantage. This means we want to spend time with those who lift others up and are achieving greatness, rather than those who wallow in misery and bring nothing to the table. This is tough because some of our friends and family fall into this category, but in order to impact the world in a positive way, we have to put ourselves in a positive environment.
Gratitude. The easiest and most simple thing we can practice every day is gratitude. What are we thankful for? What do we take for granted that completely revolutionizes our life? When we practice gratitude every day, everything else seems small. We focus on the good rather than the bad because just having running water and electricity is more than enough to counter all the bad we may face.
Fighting pessimism is difficult, but it’s necessary to find the life we want. To achieve the incredible, to feel completely fulfilled, and to continue to level up, we need to have the right content and people around. Suffocate the bad and welcome the good.
“The amount of negativity I hear on a daily basis is unbelievable. But that's the kind of stuff you have to tune out, focus, stick with your vision and keep plugging every day.” -Dana White