Positively No Negativity Challenge
The other day I was reading about a woman named Margaret who was in her early sixties and single. She was asked to babysit her neighbor’s 9-year-old son while the mom went to an appointment. Her first thoughts were,
“She must think that because of my age that I have nothing to do.”
“So this is what I am reduced to…babysitting.”
“I just can’t relate to a 9 year old anymore. What on earth am I going to do with him?”
“I am so not in the mood for this. I have other things on my mind today.”
And as all these negative thoughts ran through her brain, Margaret decided that instead of dreading her morning, she was going to be thrilled to take care of precious Kevin for a couple of hours.
And she was.
They made cookies with candy in them. They got flour on their noses and cheeks and laughed their heads off. When they finished cleaning themselves and the kitchen up, they went to the park. They rode so high on the swings they felt like they were flying. Margaret felt young again.
Instead of saying, “I have to take care of the neighbor’s son”, Margaret changed her thinking to say, “I GET TO take care of sweet Kevin!”
Sometimes it just takes a change in perspective to be positive.
That’s what happened to me on Saturday at the craft show. I decided to go in with a positive attitude and ended up having the perfect day. My sales were up and I went home happy. I’m so glad I decided to be positive about the whole thing. Being positive put me in a good mood and made me confident to engage my customers in conversation, which in turn made them linger longer at my table and purchase items they could be thrilled with.
What did you ‘GET TO’ do today?