Top 10 Ways To Use Negative Experiences To Excel In Life

9th Density (9D)
3 min readJan 14, 2023


Negative experiences can be difficult to overcome, but they don’t have to hold us back. In fact, with the right mindset, they can serve as just the impetus you need to achieve your greatness. Here are the ten ways to turn negative experiences into something positive.

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  1. Reflect On The Experience
    Allow yourself time to process what happened. Reflect on the emotions and thoughts you had during and after the event. Understanding your feelings and how you responded to the situation is the first step in making sense of it and moving on.
  2. Find The Lesson
    Every experience, positive or negative, has something to teach. Ask yourself “What can I learn from this experience, and how can it make me stronger?”. It can be anything from being more resilient to being more aware of your limitations, to being more empathetic to others.
  3. Take Action
    Once you’ve reflected on the experience and found the lesson, it’s time to take action. Use what you’ve learned to make positive changes in your life. It could be something simple like setting a new goal & making a plan to achieve it, or it could be something complex; like finding a new career path. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that aligns with the lessons learned.
  4. Don’t Dwell On It
    Avoid dwelling on negative thoughts and emotions, as this can prolong the healing process.
  5. Seek Support
    Share your experience
    with friends, family, or a therapist to gain a different perspective and find support.
  6. Practice Gratitude
    Focus on the things you’re grateful for in order to shift your perspective and find more positivity at the most unsuspected times & places, aka when it’s needed most.
  7. Embrace Change
    Use the experience as an opportunity to make positive changes in your life.
  8. Be Kind To Yourself
    Be gentle and compassionate with yourself during the healing process.
  9. Stay Hopeful
    Believe that things will get better and that you can overcome this experience.
  10. See The Experience As A Stepping Stone
    Look at the negative experience as a stepping stone to greater things, and use it as motivation to achieve your goals.

By reflecting on the negative experience, finding the lesson, and taking action, you’ll be able to turn the negative into something positive. It may not be easy, but it’s a powerful way to turn a setback into an opportunity for growth and success. Remember to be kind to yourself during this process, and don’t be afraid to seek support from friends and family, a trusted advisor, or a therapist.

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