How To Stay Positive When ‘It’ Hits The Fan!

How do you manage your “mindset” on days when the shizzle hits the proverbial fan?

When obstacles and unexpected challenges arise, how do you keep the momentum going, no matter what? Is there some “secret strategy” for dealing with disappointments, upsets or setbacks?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a pretty sensitive person: energetically, spiritually and emotionally. I feel things on a deep level, so upsets and disappointments throw me for a loop. Knowing this about myself, I have a very specific set of habits that help me get through the tough times.

Click play to learn my four strategies for staying positive when everything hits the fan.

Marie’s Tweetable: When things go wrong, don’t go with them. -Elvis Presley via @MarieForleo

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to hear your strategies for staying positive amidst unexpected chaos.

In the comments below, tell me your single BEST strategy for those inevitable “oh snap” moments in business and life. If you have more than one, that’s cool too.

Is there something specific you do or say? Do you take a specific action? Leave as much detail as possible as your genius will inspire our entire community.

Plus, research suggests that when you anticipate an obstacle and devise a strategy to overcome it in advance, you’re more likely to stay on track and reach your goals!



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  • Thanks for sharing this Marie because I just realized that I don’t have any particular thing that I say or do when shizzle hits the fan. I really need something though. Right now I just react to whatever comes my way which leaves the situation wide open for anything to be said or done. Not the greatest strategy for sure.

  • Annabanana39

    Turn up the radio and sing along with a song that mirrors my mood.  Rock/Rap if I’m pissed off, country if I’m sad.

  • bimini444

    hmmm I’ve never thought about it but I realize that I pretty much step back, go for a walk or drive and then come back and look at the situation in a different unit of time

  • Go for a walk or a bike ride! Movement is the key to feeling better about most things!

  • Michelle Furtado

    Having just overcome a moment when ‘IT’ hit the fan, I asked the Uni-verse ‘how can I find the love here? What should my next step be?’. Really trusting that the uni-verse would have my back, gave me confidence. Then when I least expected it, the solution popped into my head and I felt totally at ease.
    The uni-verse wants to help. Its just waiting for you to ask :o)

  • inducares

    Taking up a vigorous physical activity is my secret to overcoming worry & anger!
    When things simmer down i like to sit down with a good read,a cup of tea & some music.

  • Karen

    I remind myself:  the only important thing that matters is how we give love and how we receive love.  I then stop and breathe “inhale healing light and  exhale love.” 

  • Sometimes a good scream, cry or laugh is all you need.

  • Being spontaneous is the best thing for me.  I used to go get a latte and snack.  But, that doesn’t work so well for the waist line.  Now I talk a long walk around the block, dance or jump around to shake it out of my body, or yell to get the emotions out.  I work with my sis so I have her as a support system and she will walk/dance/yell with me.  Kristine 🙂