How to be Positive in the Middle of a Shit Storm

In this video I reveal my tips for staying positive in the middle of a shit storm. I found out the hard way that in this situation there is a right way and wrong way to use the tool of positivity. If we use it as a form of denial, it will only add to our suffering. There is no point in trying to pretend that life is fab when the world around us is falling apart. To come out of a shit storm smelling of roses we need to acknowledge what is happening and have faith that it is all going to work out for the best. It means understanding that our life turns to crap for a reason, and that it isn’t just some random slap in the face from an uncaring universe.

The reality is that humans stagnate when things are going well – the easy life makes us slow and lazy. It takes a bit of suffering to get our juices going, and it is only the threat of loss that allows us to appreciate what we already have. If we didn’t take things so much for granted we wouldn’t be impacted as much by the ups and downs of life. When we understand this, it is easier to appreciate that shit storms are there to save us from ourselves.

If we react to a downturn in our fortunes by resisting it, or trying to hide from it, then this will only worsen our misery. Once we understand that this shit storm could be the best thing to happen to us, we can then get the most out of the experience.

I know this for a fact:
The quality of my life is not determined by the shit that happens to me but how I react to the shit that happens to me.

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5 thoughts on “How to be Positive in the Middle of a Shit Storm

  1. I was nearly on the same road with alcohol but being fired from my job set me on the right road. Was a very stressful job in London, but now looking at Thailand as the near future with my wife.

    Will be going Laos in 2013 hopefully, London is a nice place but working here can drag you down into sameness.


  2. Thanks for posting your thoughts in this video/podcast Paul. I am still a faithful subscriber to your podcast and look forward to them.

    I’m slowly trying to build more tools I can turn to during difficult and stressful times, most of which focus on positive thinking. It really is an ongoing, continual struggle for people like us. Keep up the great work.

  3. So Im not alone after all. I thought so highly of my own personal signifigance on this planet that shit storms only darkened my door. Its really pouring now. Can only hope some good comes of it like you suggest.

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