Bloody hell... I can't believe it's been more than two weeks since my last post! I have a flimsy excuse though.. I have been travelling to various parts of the country doing what I do. Over the past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a seminar and got to see a couple of the guys I look up to most (in a business sense) – Tony Robbins and Richard Branson. It was awesome to see these guys and I came away all fired up and inspired to do better in all areas of my life.
Have you noticed how much negativity there is out there in the world lately? Honestly, it can be downright depressing if you listen to the news, to the general conversations in the street, read the stories on the net etc. There seems to be a tendency for everyone to bitch and whinge about the bad in this world, how tough everyone is doing it, how evil people are, crap state of the economy etc etc..
Here’s the thing… “What’s wrong” is always there available to us, but so is “what’s right”. It really is simply a decision for each of us to choose which one we are going to focus on.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not “Mr. Positivitytwentyfourseven”. As a matter of fact, for a lot of my life I have been a somewhat negative person. It always allowed me to blame something or someone else when something went wrong. It is easy to get caught up in having a whinge about something or someone. It is a natural thing in today’s society. Hell, some people think it’s cool to espouse negativity. It makes them part of the ‘oppressed minority’ and validates their shortcomings. People can even make a living out of it.
But, for just about every ‘what’s wrong’, there is always a ‘what’s right’. If you choose to focus on the ‘what’s right’, the whole game changes. What was dark, suddenly brightens a little. What seemed impossible, will now show a glimmer of hope. What seemed like just damned hard work, can suddenly become a challenge. What seemed like the end of the world, can suddenly become an opportunity if you just look for the positive in every situation.
Does this mean not acknowledging ‘what’s wrong’? Hell no, to do that would be to bury your head in the sand. Acknowledge it, deal with it, and then look for the what’s right… it may be an opportunity, it may be validation you are on the right track, it may be simply that you are not as bad off as you think you are and you are in actual fact lucky to be in that situation.. there is always something right to come out of it if you look for it.
People who take responsibility for their lives do will look for the right. People who are looking for someone or something to blame will look for what’s wrong. If you are looking for ways to succeed you will look for and find what’s right, if you are looking for reasons why you are going to fail, you will look for and find what’s wrong.
Focussing on the negative slows you down and grinds you to a halt. Focussing on the positives speeds you up and inspires you. When you realise that the choice is there to focus on one or the other, you can change the game.
And finally, it’s no coincidence that people who focus on what’s right (optimists) tend to lead longer and happier lives than the pessimists…
Have a great week guys!