This week on The Plunge Podcast we focus a lot on positivity. Many times we can get stuck in the mud of our own thoughts, bogged down by negative feelings, insecurity, and angst. These feelings can easily cascade into something bigger. It can be manifested internally in something like depression, or it can explode out at others through things like outrage and anger.

There are many ways to combat this negativity, and today we discuss two of them.

Gratitude and perspective. Two powerful words. It’s something that our generation especially struggles with. It’s easy to be self-centered when you are young. You are trying to make your way in the world and it feels like you need to handle your own situation before you worry about anyone else. Your perspective is the one that matters. This is a dangerous path to take. Let’s chat about what we should do instead.

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Notes and Quotables

Practicing gratitude

  • Especially early in life, realizing the opportunity we have.
  • Take time first thing when you wake up in the morning to practice gratitude.
  • If you are struggling with gratitude take a BIG STEP BACK.

What are you really spending your time getting upset about?

  • Starbucks plain red cups controversy
    • Rant mode. Fun times around the 10-11 minute mark.
    • People will find a reason to be offended by anything these days.

Choose gratefulness over anger. Switch your mindset to a positive place.

  • When you decide to care about something, don’t be a troll about it… unless you have an amazing parody account.

Gaining perspective

Perspective is massively important, underrated, and under-had. We don’t have enough of it.

Ways to gain perspective:

  1. Branch out
    • Don’t get caught into one social group, especially in college. Meet people from different backgrounds, lifestyles, and situations.
  2. Travel
    • My favorite way to increase perspective.
    • I took a 5-week trip to Europe after graduation. The ancillary benefits of the trip were invaluable. You are exposed to a completely different culture, lifestyle, language, food, the list goes on.
    • One of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.
    • Put yourself out of your comfort zone. Your travel doesn’t have to be for leisure, consider mission trips.

If you make yourself uncomfortable, you will grow.

Thanks for listening! In the comments below, let me know what your most impactful perspective-expanding experience was.