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Mental Mondays: How To Maintain A Positive Mindset As A ‘Person Of Color’

Mental Mondays: How To Maintain A Positive Mindset As A ‘Person Of Color’


Having healthy self-esteem is easier said than done, especially when you’re being looked down on just because of your skin color, but maintaining a positive mindset as a person of color is something you must do to stay afloat in the world we live in. In this piece, I’ll share practical tips to help you maintain a positive mindset. Positive mindset quotes.

For starters, you might not be responsible for how a person treats or addresses you but what’s definitely within your control is your perception of the situation and how you react. The good news is that the world is changing, although slower than we’d like. Eventually, there’ll come a time when a person’s skin color would have nothing to do with how they are treated. That’s the topic world I dream of above. Until then, there are strategic ways to bounce off hate speech and racism to live your best life.

Here’s how you can maintain a positive mindset as a person of color…

#1. The Remember it’s not you

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Anyone who automatically refrains from giving you a job you qualify for, who feels you’re not good enough for their children, who feels they’re too big to be speaking to you over the counter, or who chooses to harass and abuse you just because you don’t share the same skin tone is merely looking for a preposterous excuse to be racist. It’s not you; it’s them. Understanding this will help you deal with any such scenario with grace and strength.

Don’t be afraid to speak up against injustice and demand for what you rightly deserve. And no matter what happens, remember the problem is not with you but with the person who feels so insecure about themselves that they must put you down to feel better about themself. Positive mindset quotes.

#2. Define yourself

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Opinions are a dime a dozen––plain and ordinary as it comes. The factor that makes it count is if you agree with whatever the opinion is. No one can make you feel inadequate without your consent. Choose how you define and see yourself, build up your confidence, and you can never downplay that confidence you exude. Don’t undermine yourself. Understand both your strengths and weaknesses and learn how best to make them work out in your favor.

#3. Do away with the label

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As a person of color, you tend to label yourself or be labeled by society, thereby putting both you and your achievements in a box and not at par with the rest of the world. You are first a person who has abilities and emotions just like anyone else before your skin tone. Acknowledging this helps you avoid any mental restriction that could hinder you from dreaming and achieving big.

#4. Control your thoughts

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There’s a thin line between being cautious and paranoid. As insensitive as this might sound, sometimes it’s all in your head. As a person of color, you might have become traumatized by racist attacks and hate speech; you become edgy and defensive. Don’t be too quick to pull the victim card and react irrationally. That being said, don’t miss an opportunity to school a racist, but you do it without losing your cool or becoming violent—it speaks volumes. Even when a person decides to be oppressive, hateful, or lives in denial of another human’s right to exist, being positive is still a choice. Honey, kill them with kindness. Positive mindset.

#5. Think solution

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While fighting against racism might seem like an endless car chase running in cycles, there’s still hope. If someone undermines you because you’re a person of color, it’s not in your place to cave in and hide inside your shell. It’s not enough to teach your children not to mix up or to shrink and dim your light so they can contain you. Think systematically, read books, take courses, widen your reach and network, invest, own properties, do it all and do it well. Nothing shuts mouths than results and success.

As a person of color, understand that whoever treats you harshly because of your skin color is either very ignorant, unwell, or mean. Whatever the case may be, remember you can’t fight hate with hate since two wrongs can’t make a right. Love is the bedrock of positivity. Stay pure, stay true and choose to be happy. May the odds forever be in your favor. Positive mindset quotes.

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