Recently there have been many associates that have complained bitterly about the state of the economy and the effect that it has had on their business. It is always easy to get down and grovel with the masses. It takes a really strong person to rise above the present situation and look down the road to the future.

There is a fine line between saying things are great when they aren't and staying on message with a positive response. I always know, and I'll bet you do as well, when someone is simply not telling the truth. The harm that can be caused to a relationship by embellishing the truth can never be replaced once discovered. You can choose to be negative or positive, the choice is yours.

Keep a confident attitude. The world will only beat you down if you let it. Not only is it good for your own self-respect, if focuses you and your clients on positive experiences. A positive atmosphere will create an image with your clients that they will want to repeat each time they see you, and buy from you when the occasion arises.

Surround yourself with positive people. Negativity breeds negative energy and responses. At the same time, if you do find yourself dealing with negativity, rise above it. Don't be pulled into the same morass by being pulled down to their level. When you keep the right company, your attitude will adjust accordingly.

Be passionate about life. By pushing the envelope of living, you gain positive energy. Fuel negativity with optimism, conceit with concern, and dullness with razor-sharp professionalism.

Keep the faith. No matter the disappointment, resentment, bitterness, or even anger, focus on positive things that put you ahead in life. By looking forward, there is no reason to go back. The future always has the opportunity to be bright if you let it.


"The problem with people who have no vices is that they're pretty sure to have some annoying virtues." - Elizabeth Taylor

"Responsible, who wants to be responsible? Whenever something bad happens, it's always, who's responsible for this?" - Jerry Seinfeld

"I guess I have to keep in shape as I get older, but I don't like to work out. Whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until it passes." - Al Pacino

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." - Dale Carnegie

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence." - Mark Twain





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