“A lot of people will ignore positive words when they are down and accept negative words. Those people never get better.” ~ Travis J. Dahnke

As much as we know the life-changing effects of positive thinking, we all know that at times it’s hard to stay positive and master negativity.

That’s because too many people classify positive thinking as a mystical magic shield from the real world, they believe that if they think positively, bad things cannot happen.

And should something bad happen to someone, they will say: see, that happens because you weren’t thinking positively.

And when bad circumstances catch them unaware, here they lie feeling stuck and emotionally drained, not knowing what to do or how to change their situation.

Let me be blunt!

Positive thinking doesn’t just work like that. The fact that you can think positively doesn’t mean you won’t run into obstacles from time to time.

Being a positive thinker does not mean you should refuse to acknowledge what it is. In fact, the people who succeed most in life are the people who can deal with what it is, not what it ought to be.

In a real sense? They acknowledge that bad things can happen, the going definitely can get tough, we can all attest to that. Yet they learn how to master negativity with time and practice.

Personal preparation is key to being able to master negativity

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln

What great advice.

Most of us, who don’t know how to prepare whilst expecting that bad things are going to happen, end up growing weary in the face such challenges.

If you want to win the game of life, or at least do well, you need to be able to prepare thoroughly from the polar opposite perspective of what you want . Which literally means you need more than a game plan.

So I want to ask you, do you have plan B for everything you’re trying to accomplish in life right now?

What if your marketing strategy stops working? What if you don’t have the strength to do the things you use to do before? What if the economy fails or the job is no longer paying what you need?

Sure, you need to think positively when things like this happen. But…..

Impelled action – the tool to support you

Highly successful people don’t just use positive thinking as a way to master negativity; they have discovered and practiced the tools needed to transform the unfavorable situation to their advantage allowing them to deploy another game plan or use a new approach to solve the problem.

And this game plan often comes as a result of thorough preparation toward adverse circumstances. To me, that is what it means to be a positive thinker.

So the next time you’re finding it hard to solve a problem or challenge, maybe it’s because you’ve haven’t prepared enough toward such challenges, or you’re just thinking about everything that could go right without taking the impelled action that stems from right thinking.

That impelled action is the very thing that can profoundly and genuinely transform your situation. It’s one of the simplest ways you can master negativity.

In other to become a successful thinker, you need not only to be able to think positive thoughts, you need to be willing and prepared to take right action.

For example, most people know how helpful and positive, exercising is toward their fitness; they can see themselves experiencing that happiness and satisfaction after a 20-minute work out during the day.

The problem? They just don’t do it.

And it sad to say this, but such people cannot experience transformation or happiness until they can put into action the positive thoughts some type of workout that’s running through their frame of mind.

Are you trying to accomplish something in life right now?

First, make a list of everything that could go wrong. Then develop positive responses to all the negatives you’ve thought of, and finally, remember that preparation means nothing if you can’t put your plans into action.

In order to stay positive and find everlasting joy, learn how to gain an edge over every situation in life.

A positive thinker is that person who is always one step ahead of every problem and the challenges they face in life. You can be that person.


Cephas Tope is the author of The Road Map to Your Extraordinary Life. He writes at, where he shares self improvement and business tips. you can join his free newsletter to learn how to make unshakeable progress and how to create extraordinary super life.


  1. I really like the way this clarifies that positive thinking isn’t just looking through rose-colored glasses! Thank you!

    • It’s true there is so much more than rose coloured glassed isn’t there Sandra. I think people misunderstand how thoughts and energy work together. 🙂

  2. I love the Abraham Lincoln quote. I had never heard that one before. I do think preparation is important – especially mentally preparing, supporting, and encouraging yourself. It does make a big difference. However, as you say, it’s the action that makes the most difference. 🙂

    • It definitely starts within doesn’t it Debbie. We can only make actions stick if the inner world is in harmony with the actions we take.

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