I know that many of you reading this are building your own businesses, one step at a time. That is Brave and Brilliant! But always bear this in mind: If it were that easy, everybody would be doing it. And actually, I think it’s getting tougher out there.
To my mind, creating a business is much easier than running one. Having the ideas is one thing; converting them into a going concern is another! So if you are making it happen, if you are actually generating an income from your hard work, and keeping the wolves from the door, then you really need to reach round and give yourself a hearty pat on the back! Don’t break your arm though; that could really set you back!
My question to you today is this:
Are you a glass half-full person?
Or a glass half-empty person?
If you are a naturally upbeat, positive person, then you will bounce back more easily from setbacks, or things that don’t go quite according to plan, or disasters, than somebody who gets out of bed wishing they didn’t have to!
So, P for Positivity. It’s easy to be positive and upbeat when you’ve got a thriving business, good health, a loving partner, lovely kids and a nice home - that’s for sure. Having said that, I know plenty of folks who have all that and are still unhappy! They are still missing something. In fact, the more they have, the less they appreciate it.
I remember years ago, when I used to do the Craft Shows in marquees, I would observe the other stall holders, and how they did it, so to speak.
I think we can learn a lot from watching how others operate. Then either emulate them - or NOT! I remember there was one chap. Cor! He was miserable!! At first I thought it was just me he didn’t like, because I was always so full of beans, and he just grunted at me, or ignored me. Then I realised, he was like that with everybody - including the customers! Most days, he would sit and read his newspaper at the stand, and completely ignore everybody! Then he would complain that he was having a bad day! Even though his work was actually very good, I would NEVER want a piece of his energy in my home. In fact, he exuded such negativity, that I used to avoid him, walk down the other aisle. And I’m sure that at a subliminal level, that negative vibe is what most passers-by picked up on.
Then there was another exhibitor, who became a good friend, actually. She had a very gentle, kind, soft way about her. And I bought a piece of her artwork every time I saw her. I have a house full of Erica’s energy. Do you see what I mean?
Can we learn Positivity? Certainly! I do believe we can. On Saturday evening, after the Stevenage set-up, we went out for dinner with our friends, Debby and Gill, two of the most positive, upbeat women you could wish to meet. You just want to be in their company. Well, Gill had us fling our arms out and laugh, like this:
She explained that it was impossible to feel negative in that pose! So we tried it. And she’s right! If you were at Stevenage on Sunday, and you saw a load of us with our arms outstretched and laughing, looking like we had just won the lottery, I was spreading the news! Thanks Gill x
Can I put it simply? Quite aside from what P for Positivity evidently does for one’s business, I like being with myself much more when I am happy than when I am unhappy. And I’m sure I speak for all those around me, too! So what do I do to stay upbeat?
I write a Gratitude List EVERY DAY
I try to help others.
I avoid negative people.
I try to dress well and look my best.
Does this positive attitude sometimes irritate others? I’m sure it does. No. I KNOW it does. But there again, I have spent many years learning how to do Life on Life’s terms; there are bound to be people still working that out. But the ones that mind me don’t matter. And the ones that matter don’t mind me.
lots of love to you,