When faced with setbacks and challenges, we’ve all received the well – meaning advised to “stay positive.” The greater the challenge, the more this glass-half-full wisdom can come across as pollyannaish and unrealistic. It’s hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive when positivity seem like nothing more than wishful thinking.
The real obstacle to positivity is that our brain are hard-wired to look for and focus on threats. This several mechanism served humankind way back when we were hunters and gatherers, living each day with a very real threat of being killed by someone or something in our immediate surroundings. That was eons ago.Today, these mechanism breeds facism and negativity through the mines tendency to wonder until it finds a threat. These “threats” magnify the perceived likelihood that things are going – and / or are going to go – poorly. When the threat is imagined and you spend too much convincing the project you’re working on is going to flop, this magnetism leaves you with a soured view of reality that wreaks havoc in your life.