I was driving today and witnessed a near accident! How many times have you seen something similar?

In this circumstance, a car was backing up and the driver did not realize that there was another car behind him.

Fortunately, the car about to be hit honked his horn, and the person in the car who was backing up stopped just in time before causing the accident.

I could not help but think how fortunate it was that the person in the car about to be hit had a way to warn the other car.

How many times have you had a near-miss also?

If not for someone blasting their loud horn, you may have gotten into an accident or two yourself. I’m here today to blast a horn. Too many of us back up into negativity, without looking.

My reminder to you is that if you are filled with negativity, you may be headed in the wrong direction. When something impactful happens in your life, it is good to have positivity and hope on your side.

Based on how you see life, there are different results to the experiences you have. Through my martial art practice, I’ve literally seen positivity help me become a more well-balanced person.

In the beginning, if I was unable to perform a technique correctly, or excel in the way I wanted, I allowed negative thinking to control my actions. If you tell yourself that “you can’t,” then you can’t!

I backed myself up into a corner of failure because I didn’t believe in myself.  When I finally decided to face my fears, give 100%, and believe in myself, everything changed. I realized that there was so much that I could do, that I never realized before. I started to become more proficient in martial arts, and in life.

If you need a “car horn” to wake you up to positivity, set daily affirmations on your calendar that pop up every day, or print them off where you can see them frequently. Include positive, powerful comments about yourself, about who you want to be, or what you want to accomplish. They can be simple or elaborate:

  • I am worthy.
  • I am smart.
  • I am successful.
  • I will reach my goals.
  • I live a powerful life.

Is negativity all that bad? I suppose if you consider a minor fender bender in a car accident not too bad, then maybe negativity isn’t that bad either. I would rather have a warning that I’ve headed in the wrong direction ahead of time, and make the necessary changes to avoid it and continue on my way.

I bet that the person who nearly caused the accident today is very thankful about the loud car horn that warned them about the accident they were about to cause. That scare may have wildly pumped adrenaline through their body upon the realization of what almost happened.

I think they learned a valuable lesson about driving, and it is unlikely that they will back up without looking, again.

If the negativity warning rings in your life, realize that you have the incredible power to change your attitude, behavior, or situation. While you cannot always control the situation, you can control your reaction and your plan. Avoid a negative spiral of discouragement.

Avoid a negative spiral of discouragement.

I hope that you never experience one of those near-miss car accidents, but I suspect you already have at some point. When or if it happens, I hope someone warns you before any impact takes place and the damage is done.

Consider this is your reminder, your alarm, and wake up call all in one. Try to never back up without looking, but instead look forward to the road paved with positivity.





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Andrea Harkins, a/k/a “The Martial Arts Woman,” is an internationally recognized writer, published book author, blogger, motivator, and public speaker. She has been a martial artist for 28 years, and is also a martial art instructor. Today, along with teaching and training, Andrea's passion and goal is to make the world a better place through her mission of positivity through martial arts.