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Shifting from “What’s Wrong?” to “What’s Right?”

Updated: Nov 27, 2020

One of the first things that can ruin a positive attitude is looking at a situation and only noticing the negative aspects, or the “What’s Wrong” side. Since the focus of appreciative inquiry is being positive and aiming towards goals, a pessimistic attitude won’t get anyone very far. When presented with a problem, take a few minutes and look at both sides of the problem. Make a mental list of everything that is positive about the situation before touching on the negative aspects. You’ll find that any situation won’t appear as bad as we think when we notice the positive first.

Keys to shifting our thoughts:

• Avoid the “all or nothing” thinking – deciding a situation only has two sides.

• Realize the difference between being right and being happy.

• Avoid over-generalizing a situation – focus on details.

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