Are you striving for a better life? If you are, you are likely well aware of the fact that it can be quite challenging at times. There are many roadblocks and obstacles on the path of personal growth. These paths and obstacles can make your journey challenging. No one ever said it was going to be easy, but no one said it needs to be overly-complicated either.

Unfortunately, aside from the roadblocks and obstacles that many people encounter during their journeys toward a better life, there is a force even more detrimental that we should avoid at all costs. This force would be negativity.

Everything isn’t always positive in the world. In fact, there are a lot of negative things and negative people that can hold us back from the life of our dreams, at least if we allow them to.

Check out these 5 ways to stay motivated when you are surrounded by negativity…

1. Understand That You Don’t Have To Be A Part Of It

Unfortunately, we may not always be able to completely ignore negativity. For example, if it occurs at work, it’s not like you can just walk out. Just because you are around negativity doesn’t mean that you have to participate in it. Put some distance between yourself and the negativity that you are trying to avoid. If this isn’t possible, simply escape to a safe place in your mind.

2. Stop Trying To Change Others

As compassionate beings, we like to try and help others when we see them doing something that may be harmful to them such as negative actions or falling into a negative way of thinking. However, we can only do so much. Reach a helping hand out to those stuck in a negative frame of mind. If they accept the help, great! If not, don’t allow yourself to be swallowed by their negativity. It may be hard, but sometimes the best thing to do is cut ties with negative people.

3. Find Better Situations

One of the best ways to battle negativity is to bring more positive things into your life. For this reason, it’s a great idea to surround yourself with positive people and things if there is a lot of negativity in your life.

4. Begin To Expect Great Things

Negative situations can make it feel like nothing but negative things are ever going to happen. Avoid this mindset at all costs because it will do nothing more than pull you deeper into negativity. Instead, expect great things to happen in your life. This will help you form a mindset that will fuel your desires instead of one that holds you back.

5. Use Affirmations

Affirmations are an amazing tool to use to battle negativity for a couple of really big reasons. The first would be the fact that they are simple to do and can be done anywhere. The second would be the fact that they are extremely effective. All you have to do is repeat positive statements to yourself. Simple, powerful and convenient, it truly doesn’t get any better than that!

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