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How to Turn a Negative Situation Into a Positive

How to turn a negative situation into a positive

How to turn a negative situation into a positive.

Here are seven ways in which you can transform a negative situation, into a positive:

  1. Re-frame the situation and ask, "How can we use this to our advantage?"
  2. Spend only 20% of the time discovering why it happened, and 80% of the time discovering your best adaptive response.
  3. Assume that every problem has at least six solutions.
  4. Identify the "CAN DO" portion of the job and concentrate on that.
  5. Learn from every negative situation.
  6. Know that, sometimes you have to just absorb the shock.
  7. Recognise that what seems negative, is often the best thing that could have happened.

1. Re-frame the situation and ask, "How can we use this to our advantage?"

Things that seem bad, can be turned around by re-framing a problem into an opportunity.

For example, in 1853 William Perkin created the first profitable dye: the purple mauveine. He did it by accident. Perkin was attempting to manufacture an artificial type of quinine for the treatment of malaria. But he failed and instead, he unintentionally made a dark, sticky sludge that discoloured his lab coat. When he tried to wash it off with alcohol, the stain turned a lovely shade of purple, which would not wash out.

Rather than be angry, Perkins immediately saw that he had the kernel of a new idea. He went on to produce the synthetic purple mauveine dye. That made him founder of the artificial dye industry. He was a millionaire by the age of 20 years.

You may think he was lucky, but remember that his "accidental" discovery relied upon him having the kind of mind that can see a failure as a success, when seen from a different viewpoint.

2. Spend only 20% of the time discovering why it happened, and 80% of the time discovering your best adaptive response.

Whenever something bad happens it is natural to figure out why it happened and who is to blame.

The answers to these two questions tend to get you no closer to a solution.

So, we suggest that you spend little time on the above two questions and spend the lion's share of your time asking, "What are we going to do about it?"

3. Assume that every problem has at least six solutions.

Every problem has causes, and every cause suggests solutions. So, for every problem situation, you might work out three causes, and spend more time figuring out solutions.

Motivation : How to turn a negative situation into a positive

Whenever a problem arises, apply the above. Ensure you generate six solutions for every problem.

4. Identify the "CAN DO" portion of the job and concentrate on that.

In any set of circumstances, there are two categories to consider.

  1. The can-do portion of the job.
  2. The NO-can-do portion of the job.

Don't think about the NO-can-do portion. This represents all the facts that you can do nothing to change.

Concentrate on the CAN-DO portion. This represents all the facts that you can change.

Focus your forces onto those parts of the situation you can change.

5. Learn from every negative situation.

Recognise that when you go through bad situations, you are gaining valuable information and many learning experiences. Those valuable experiences may be of major benefit to you in the future.

When dealing with adversity, you learn many things about yourself and the world about you.

Through your struggles there is often strength to be gained.

Strength though struggle.

6. Know that, sometimes you have to just absorb the shock.

Here is the sad truth.

Sometimes, bad things happen to good people.

Nobody knows why. But we do know that it is true.

Don't question it. Know that sometimes you can do everything right and still lose.

Sometimes you must just accept it.

7. Recognise that in retrospect, what seemed to be negative, is often the best thing that could have happened.

It is funny how things work out, but often, what seemed to be a bad thing, turns out to be a good thing, years later.

You must have had experience of this phenomenon, in your own life.

So, don't be too down-hearted. It could be all part of a wonderful master-plan to make your life what it should be.

Adopt a philosophical approach; everything happens for a reason.

About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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