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Making The Best Out Of A Bad Situation

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Making The Best Out Of A Bad Situation

bad situations can be looked at in either a negative or a positive way; your outlook on them will determine how you handle them, and the results of the situation. Have you ever seen those people that smile when something like their car getting stolen happens, and wondered exactly how they do it? The answer is simple, they plainly make the best out of whatever situation they are in, good or bad!

Many people think that it takes a lot to make the best out of a bad situation; however, those people that think that are blatantly wrong. Making the best out of a bad situation only involves a few simple things. What makes it even more simple is that there is only 1 theory behind every single one of those things: positive thinking. Every single factor involved in making the best out of a bad situation is backed by positive thinking; once you have learned to think positively, any bad situation can be turned into a good one.

A simple way to remember to think positively is the basic question: "is the glass half empty or half full"? The glass only has per say 50 ml of water regardless of how you think of it; however, the situation of the glass' volume can be PERCEIVED as good or bad depending upon which way you think of it. The exact same follows for making the best out of a bad situation; the key is to use perception to mold your positive thinking, so that the situation may turn good. This article contains a few tips that can be used to make the best out of a bad situation; follow them and you will have no problem turning a bad situation into a good one.

Think About How Much Worse It Could Be

You may hear the phrase "it could be worse" a lot when it comes to bad situations; moreover, that phrase can be attributed to this theory. Comparing is the easiest, and most effective form of judgement. By comparing the situation that you have been placed in to one that is much worse, your mind will be tricked into thinking that the bad situation that you are in isn't so bad after all. For instance, you could be absolutely starving and only have 1 slice of pizza left; you could easily think to yourself "well it would be worse if I only had 1 piece of pizza crust". I'm sure that by thinking this you will feel a lot better about that 1 slice of pizza that you have left. Thinking about a worse situation is the first step to making the best out of a bad situation.

Think About The Best Possible Outcome

This optimistic thinking is the second step to making the best out of a bad situation. You should begin to think about the best possible outcome immediately after you realize a situation has gone bad; this provides motivation for people to try and make the best of the situation. Once they realize the potential, the best possible outcome becomes more realistic. For instance, you could be playing the lottery with hopes of winning the 50 million dollar jackpot; you could have hit the first 4 numbers, and then missed the 5th. At that point in time, instead of thinking that you can no longer win the 50 million dollar jackpot, you can make the best out of a bad situation by thinking about the best possible outcome. The best possible outcome would be to hit the next 3 numbers as well, bringing your total to 7/8 numbers hit; at that point you would still win 35 million dollars. Now 35 million dollars is nowhere near as good as 50 million dollars; however, if you make the best out of a bad situation and actually win, it would not be too shabby. The second step to making the best out of a bad situation is to think about the best possible outcome at that point in time, and furthermore, work towards it!

Use Comparable Examples

This is the third and final step in making the best out of a bad situation in that it uses the first 2 steps and puts them into real life examples. Imagine that you are stuck watching a love movie with your mother because you decided to take her out for mother's day; by using comparable examples you may be able to remember the time in which your friend had to watch a movie that was in a different language with his grandmother, without even having sub titles displayed. By using comparable examples to see how the situation may have been worse, it puts a positive perspective on your current situation, and makes the best out of a bad situation. The same idea can be used for thinking about the best possible outcome; you may remember your friend who missed his 1st number in the lottery, but then hit the next 7! Using comparable examples is a crucial skill in making the best out of a bad situation, and should be used in conjunction with thinking of the worst and best case scenarios.

Positive thinking and situation perception are the best skills in regards to making the best out of a bad situation. By using the skills that are discussed above, you too can easily make the best out of a bad situation. The amazing thing about it is that people who make the best out of a bad situation more often than not end up in a better situation that people who look at it in a negative manner. The next time that you are placed in a bad situation, use the skills listed above and make the best out of it!


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Comments

Jul 5, 2010 9:45am
eileen
Great article, we could all learn something from this. So true, we have to start with a positive attitude. Negative thoughts lead to failure. Positive thoughts lead you forward. thanks for sharing this. rated up
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