Have you ever felt like giving up on your dreams or goals? Maybe you’ve experienced a setback, a rejection, or a failure that made you question your abilities and worth. It’s natural to feel discouraged and demotivated in such situations, but it’s also important to remember that you have the power to choose your thoughts and emotions. By cultivating a positive mindset, you can overcome obstacles, bounce back from setbacks, and achieve your goals with greater ease and joy. In this blog post, I’ll share some tips on how to stay motivated and positive when times get tough, based on my own experience as an entrepreneur and personal development enthusiast.

The Benefits of Positive Thinking

When you think positively, you’re not only improving your mood and outlook, but also your health, relationships, and performance. Here are some of the benefits of positive thinking:

  • Better health: Research shows that positive thinking can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, and even increase longevity. When you’re optimistic and hopeful, your body produces more endorphins and other feel-good hormones, which promote healing and well-being.
  • Stronger relationships: When you have a positive attitude, you’re more likely to attract and maintain positive relationships with others. You’re also more empathetic, compassionate, and forgiving, which makes you a better listener, communicator, and friend. Positive thinking can also help you resolve conflicts, build trust, and create a sense of belonging and support.
  • Higher performance: When you believe in yourself and your abilities, you’re more likely to take risks, learn from mistakes, and persist in the face of challenges. You’re also more creative, innovative, and resilient, which can help you stand out from the crowd and achieve your goals faster and better.

How to Cultivate Positive Thinking

Positive thinking is not just a matter of wishful thinking or ignoring reality. It’s a skill that requires practice, patience, and persistence. Here are some ways to cultivate positive thinking:

  • Focus on the good: Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of a situation, look for the positives. Ask yourself what you can learn, appreciate, or enjoy from the experience. For example, if you didn’t get the job you applied for, focus on the skills and knowledge you gained from the interview process, the feedback you received, or the other opportunities that may come your way.
  • Reframe your thoughts: Instead of seeing setbacks and failures as evidence of your incompetence or unworthiness, reframe them as opportunities to learn and grow. Ask yourself what you can do differently next time, what you can improve, or what you can let go of. For example, if your business idea didn’t take off as you expected, reframe it as a chance to refine your niche, your marketing strategy, or your customer service.
  • Surround yourself with positivity: Surround yourself with people who uplift and inspire you, who share your values and vision, and who challenge and support you. Avoid people who drain your energy, who criticize and complain, or who undermine your confidence and motivation. Also, expose yourself to positive media, such as books, podcasts, and videos that educate, entertain, and inspire you.

How to Stay Motivated When Times Get Tough

Positive thinking can help you stay motivated and resilient in the face of challenges and setbacks, but it’s not always easy to maintain it. Here are some tips on how to stay motivated when times get tough:

  • Set clear goals: When you have clear, specific, and compelling goals, you’re more likely to stay motivated and focused. Write down your goals, break them down into smaller and manageable steps, and track your progress regularly. Also, visualize yourself achieving your goals, as if it has already happened, and feel the joy and satisfaction of it.
  • Create a supportive environment: Surround yourself with people, resources, and tools that support your goals and vision. Join a mastermind group, hire a coach, attend events and workshops, or use apps and software that help you stay organized, productive, and accountable. Also, create a physical and mental space that motivates and inspires you, such as a clean and tidy workspace, a comfortable and ergonomic chair, or a playlist of your favorite music.
  • Celebrate your successes: When you achieve a milestone, no matter how small or big, celebrate it. Acknowledge your progress, give yourself a reward, and share your success with others. Celebrating your successes reinforces your motivation, confidence, and self-esteem, and reminds you of why you started in the first place.


Positive thinking is not a magic pill that solves all your problems, but it’s a powerful tool that can help you overcome obstacles, achieve your goals, and live a happier and more fulfilling life. By focusing on the good, reframing your thoughts, and surrounding yourself with positivity, you can cultivate a positive mindset that supports your motivation, resilience, and success. Remember, your thoughts and emotions are your choice, so choose wisely and stay positive.

Ankur K Garg

I have built brands that have earned $125MM+ in revenues and I was a pioneer in developing social media influencers in the early 2010s. Currently I am a SDC Nutrition Executive @WeMakeSupplements, Founder of #INTHELAB, Founder of YOUNGRY @StayYoungry, Zealous Content Hero, Award Winning Graphic Designer & Full Stack Web Developer, and a YouTuber.