There are times for all of us when life seems to consistently come in hard, creating overwhelming feelings of anxiety and nervousness. When you reach a point where you just can handle one more piece of bad news, it is time to become more centered and committed to a successful mindset.


No One is Immune to Tough Times


When life happens at this break-neck pace and multiple waves of stress seem to keep coming and coming, it can cause you to feel like you are the only person experiencing “bad luck.” You are not. In my case, my daughter was getting married; I got COVID right before she got married and FINALLY tested negative the night before I left for the wedding. Right before this, I had broken my arm and had a trip to visit family in Germany – so much was happening in my world – all at once.


No one is immune to tough times. The truth is, everyone is still reeling from the changes created by the pandemic, talk of recession, changes in jobs, layoffs beginning again – It is too much to digest. When our brains encounter this anxious overload, it can cause us to want to shut down, but you can learn to stay focused and positive in hard times.


Develop A Mindset of Curiosity


The first thing you must do in challenging times is to shift your mindset to one that embodies curiosity. When you can step out of a judgmental mindset that wonders why things are happening to you and into a mindset of curiosity, you can learn to reflect. A perspective of curiosity looks at the situations through the lens of wonder and interest in your reaction to the event. Why is this causing such an intense reaction? Why are you reacting this way? 


Curiosity allows you to look at your reaction – not why it is happening in general, but what about this situation is causing such an intense, emotional connection and response. When you learn to take the focus off of “why me” and shift it to “what can I learn from this,” you can begin to view your issues as opportunities to grow and learn. 


Resist the Noise


In times of trouble, it is essential to double down on focus. When negative energy is around, it is so easy to get sidetracked into listening to bits and pieces of information going on around you and get caught up in the wake of this negativity. When you find yourself amid negative noise, it is time to begin a business-oriented task and stay 100% focused on this task all the way to completion. Focus on what you set out to do, and resist the temptation to stop in the middle and do something else – have the discipline to finish what you start.



At the Growth Architect, we want to help you find strategies that will help you develop a positive mindset, learn to shut out the negative noise around you, and improve your focus on what matters to increase your productivity and multiply your results. That’s what we do! If you enjoyed this article, watch my video, How To Stay Focused and Positive.

Let’s grow!



Beate Chelette is The Growth Architect & Founder of The Women’s Code, a training company specialized in providing companies an ROI on Balanced Leadership. She has been named one of 50 must-follow women entrepreneurs by the Huffington Post. A first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent, she bootstrapped her passion for photography into a highly successful global business and eventually sold it to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal.


Beate works with business leaders and supports organizations by developing and providing training the training, tools, and expertise to create and maintain a balanced, equal, and inclusive work environment that fosters creativity, employee engagement, and corporate growth.


Recent clients include Merck, Women’s Legislative Caucus of California, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), NFTE, CreativeLive, the Association of Corporate Growth, and TracyLocke.


Beate is the author of the #1 International Amazon Bestseller “Happy Woman Happy World – How to Go From Overwhelmed to Awesome” a book that corporate trainer and best-selling author Brian Tracy calls “a handbook for every woman who wants health, success and a fulfilling career.


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