How We Can Always Turn A Negative Situation Into A Positive Situation

“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.” – Joseph Sugarman

One of the Most Important Keys for Success in Life is to be able to find ways to take negative situations that you are in and turn these negative situations around into Positive situations.

When things are going seriously wrong, it is very easy for us to give up, and to accept that the situation is not going to work out no matter what we do.

However, we can actually do far better than this because there is Always an Opportunity to take a negative situation, look at it from a different viewpoint and perspective, and turn the negative situation around into a Positive situation.

In fact, we can often turn the situation around into such a Positive that it becomes even better than what our original Plan had been.

Remember on the page titled, Overcoming Adversity and Conquering Your Challenges – Plan Your Work And Work Your Plan, where we discussed how we can analyze and evaluate our Daily Plan so that we can make any adjustments or fine-tuning whenever we feel like we need to.

As we move along our Path and Journey toward our Goals, it is crucial that we continue to analyze and evaluate how we are doing on a Daily Basis so that we can decide what we need to adjust or fine-tune to keep us moving forward toward our Goals.

On that page, we talked about these Daily Plan evaluations, comparing the process to us finding a path across a wide river by choosing the rocks that we want to step on along the way.

We need to follow this same process of analysis and evaluation when we find that our Path toward our Goals has reached an obstacle or is having serious difficulties.

When this occurs, instead of us giving up, we want to realize that all that has happened is that we have just gotten ourselves farther off the Path than we can correct with only a small adjustment or some fine-tuning.

However, the same principle of adjustment and fine-tuning still applies. It is just that we need to make a larger adjustment, and possibly even redirect our Path somewhat, in order to get ourselves back into a position where we are heading forward toward our Goals.

Comparing this again to our crossing of the wide river to our Goal on the other side, if you got yourself three-quarters of the way across the river but you came to a rock that had nowhere else to go beyond it, then you would not just walk all the way back the same way you came to the side of the river you started on.

Instead, you would look for ways that you can move forward across the river by first working your way back as short a distance as possible toward where you started so you can go along a different path of rocks.

Or, if you think the water current in this section of the river is not too strong, then you might even decide to take your shoes off and walk partway through the water toward the other side until you can get to another rock that you can step on.

Therefore, when we find that the Plan we made has run into some serious obstacles and difficulties, then all we really need to do is to make a larger adjustment than the fine-tuning we would normally do.

To make this larger adjustment, we want to try to look at the negative situation we are in from every possible angle and viewpoint.

We want to think outside of the box with creative strategies and problem-solving because when a situation has changed and stopped working, then very often these changes and stoppages have opened up a new opportunity that was not available before, or that we did not notice before.

For example, a person might be laid off from work because their company has gone out of business.

This would be a negative situation for that person, and many people would give up in that situation and go back home to collect unemployment.

However, a person could also attempt to save the situation by looking for a new, and possibly better job.

To do this, they want to take the time to make a list of all the businesspeople and personal contacts they have met while they were working at their old company. People who might would consider hiring them.

The person also wants to make a list of all the new skills they have developed while they were doing their old job, because it could be that they have developed skills they can utilize in a different and possibly even better job than the one they had before.

They also wants to spend time thinking about what they liked about their old job and what they did not like about it.

Then, they want to compile all this information that includes their contacts, the new skills they developed in their old job, and what they liked or disliked about their old job.

They can then utilize this information so they can call the people on their list to see if they can be hired somewhere else.

By doing this, the person can potentially take the negative situation of being laid-off from work, and successfully turn it around into a positive situation where they begin a new job that pays them more, that allows them to use the new skills they have developed more, and that they like and enjoy more than the job they had before.

This is the action of turning a negative situation around into a positive situation.

As a different kind of example, when I was at Cornell University, I developed a very serious case of eye strain from studying too much in school that was not only harming my eyes and vision but was also reducing my success in sports.

However, I was very fortunate that I went to an outstanding eye doctor, Dr. Wilson, in New York, and instead of Dr. Wilson just giving me classes that would have corrected some of the symptoms but done nothing to cure the problem, he explained to me the natural holistic way that our eyes work and he put me on a natural program to improve my eye strain.

This was a very negative situation for my sports, for my personal health, and I even transferred to a different university because of it.

However, in the process of recovery, I became so interested and passionate about solving the problem that I learned more and more about the natural ways that our vision works.

I came up with eye exercises on my own, and Every Day I practiced eye exercises that I had made up on my own.

I also purchased one of the first rebounder mini-trampolines that had ever been made when I came across it in a health food store, and along with it a rebounder vision program that was very beneficial for your eyes.

I incorporated this knowledge I learned about vision into the sports I played, and I designed and developed a soft eyes approach to sports that I have never heard any coach or player ever teach or ever mention, and the combined result was that I was able to vastly improve my sports performance in every sport.

As a result, in football, at free safety on defense, I developed a vision technique for reading the plays that the opposing offense was running that no other free safety who has ever played the game has used.

I invented this very unique technique on the practice field through thousands of plays of trial and error.

This technique allowed me to read what play the offense was running more quickly than anyone else, which allowed me to react far more quickly to every offensive play than other players could.

These quicker reads allowed me to cover far more ground, so I was able to get in on almost every tackle no matter where the football went.

This eye technique also allowed me to improve my hitting in baseball so that I batted over .400 in college, to finish as the MVP and among the top collegiate hitters in the United States.

I also finished as the second-leading career hitter in Furman University history, and because of my vision technique in centerfielder I could get a quicker and better jump on the batted baseball to run it down and catch it than anyone else could.

This eye technique also allowed me to become the leading receiver in Europe, to be named the receiver with the best hands for catching the football in Great Britain and in Europe, to set the League record for interceptions in a career, to set the League and National record for interceptions in a season, and to set the League and National record for pass receptions in a single game with 15.

I know for a fact that none of these sports performances would have occurred if I had not designed and developed the eye exercises that I did, and if I had not designed and developed the eye vision techniques that I did for my sports.

Therefore, the fact is that if I had not gotten the severe case of eye strain that I did, then I never would have had the high level of sports success that I did.

And so the negative situation that occurred to me with my eyes, caused me to look at solving the problem in a different way, and resulted in me finding creative ways to improve my sports performances to a higher level than they ever would have been if I had not gotten eye strain to begin with.

As a result, with the help of Dr. Wilson, I was able to not only solve a negative situation, but I was also able to turn what was a negative situation into a tremendously positive situation that was even a far bigger positive than I would have had if the negative situation had not occurred.

In the same way, if you are ever faced with a negative situation in Your Life, then you have the Power to look at that negative situation in a different and creative way, and by you doing so, then you will be able to Achieve a successful turnaround that creates a Positive situation for you.

You may have to be creative, and you may have to adjust your Path toward your Goals, but there is Always A Way To Win in any and every situation.

If there was not Always A Way To Win, then there would not be the sporting events we see where the underdog team, or unknown underdog individual, creates an upset over a higher-ranked opponent.

This process is what I refer to as Finding A Way To Win, and there is a page on this website titled, “Find A Way To Win”, that discusses how to do this Successfully.

The fact is that if You stay calm, and You carefully analyze and evaluate any situation You are in from all angles, then it is Always possible for You to Find A Way to Create a Positive situation out of what had previously looked like a negative situation.

It is Always possible for You to “Find A Way To Win” as You March Forward To Achieve Your American Dream for You and for Your Family.

Setbacks and tough situations are not going to stop You from Achieving Your Great Destiny, and they are not going to stop Our Country from Achieving Our Great Destiny, either.


“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.” – Joseph Sugarman

“To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all around you have lost it – who can say that this is not greatness?” – William Makepeace Thackeray

“When you’re playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winner’s circle. If you do, then someday the cellophane will crackle open off a fresh pack (of cards), one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor.” – Coach Pat Riley

“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I am finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” – Buckminster Fuller

“To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” Oliver Wendall Holmes

“The secret of success in Life is for a person to be ready for their opportunity when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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