This is the ultimate question that runs through someone’s mind when you tell them to ‘look on the bright side of things.’ I feel that there is a tremendous difference. I grew up in a household that was filled with negativity, when I say that, don’t take it the wrong way, I had a picture perfect childhood, a very loving one, it’s just that my mother was the most negative person on the planet. My mother was also the most giving and caring person I have ever met, but, if any kind of question came up, or a decision that had to be made, her initial reaction was purely negative. In her later years of life, when her health was very bad, I personally she could have added many years to her life by ‘thinking positive’ and/or having a certain ‘optimism’ about life.
I have to make a side note here, no matter how negative my mother was, I would give everything I have in my life today to spend 5 more minutes with her to let her know how much she means to me.
In my own life, I have used my mother’s negativity in life as a stepping stone to look at the positive side of everything, no matter how hard. I absolutely refuse to be a negative person. I think it has helped me throughout many situations, and I still rely on it every day that I have problems or roadblocks in my life.
For me, 2014 was a horrible year, every possible business decision I made was wrong, almost every client I took on ended up being a nightmare. But I have to look at the good side, my social media exposure exploded, and I have tons of potential business waiting for me in 2015. So while, my bank account is crying from 2014, my head is in the right place for 2015 (and beyond)!!