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August 21, 2019

"If you are positive, you'll see opportunities instead of obstacles".

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"If you are positive, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles". 

When a situation presents itself in your life, it doesn’t become a reality until you process it. There’s some computation that needs to take place before it can be encoded and you can decide what exactly it all means. Well, we have more control over that processing power than we might think, and sprinkling that process with a little positivity can go a long way in changing results. If you are positive you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles.

Let’s think about this from the angle of neuroscience and physiology, which was my college major. Thinking about vision as a sense presents a lot of similarities to choosing positivity. 

The objective of our sight is to translate stimuli in our environment into usable pieces of information. The intricacies of sensory identification, neural transduction, and perception are still unbelievable to me, but what it does is it creates an understanding about the world around us. That’s exactly what we’re trying to do when we’re presented with opportunities and obstacles, we use the information we have to draw a conclusion. With positivity, you can manipulate the way things are being interpreted and paint them in a more positive light. It’s a gift we can all tap into with a little effort and commitment.

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